Senecas travel to Norwalk for big game

Calvert coach Steve Reser has emphasized that every game is important, that the level of preparation doesn’t change from week to week.

But after starting the season 2-0 with convincing victories over Monroeville and Danville, the first-year Senecas coach admitted there might be a little more intensity this week.

“I won’t cut our preparation for any game, or our young men’s preparation, they’ve done everything we’ve asked,” Reser said. “But there’s no doubt this week’s a little more intense, a little bit more focused.”

The Senecas face their toughest challenge so far tonight when they travel to Norwalk St. Paul. The Flyers, who also are 2-0 are coming off a phenomenal 2017 in which they won their first 13 games before falling to Minster in the Division VII semifinal.

Two of St. Paul’s wins came against the Senecas; it eliminated them with a 45-7 win in the second round of the playoffs.

And the Flyers look just as tough this season.

St. Paul has opened the season with a pair of dominating wins, throttling Sandusky St. Mary and Fremont St. Joe by a combined score of 79-6.

“Let’s not beat around the bush here,” Reser said. “We know we’ve played two games against, we feel, two pretty good teams in Monroeville and Danville. But our young men know this is a huge game. This is a measuring stick for us, because St. Paul has such a great program, traditionally. And we want to match that.”

Usually, there’s nothing exotic about what the Flyers do offensively. They just pound the ball right at a defense.

“It’s been made pretty throughout the last several years that coach (John) Livengood, St. Paul, they don’t mess around,” Reser said. “They execute their plays very well. They’re probably one of the best teams I’ve ever seen execute plays.”

The Flyers are led by quarterback Jake Griffin, and by fellow offensive players Cam Caizzo and Noah Good. The latter pair combined to score three touchdowns last week against the Streaks.

“The keys to this game are being fundamentally sound, making sure that we’re aligned on defense and taking care of our assignments on offense,” Reser said.

Calvert scored 49 points in last week’s win over Danville, and it came on the strength of its running game.

Big games from Austin Jones, Trent Cooper and Aaron Rombach put the Senecas over the top last week.

“We are hoping to run the ball, but we’re also hoping (tonight) to have a little more success passing the ball, so we can spread the ball out to our athletes in space.” Reser said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. tonight in Norwalk.