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Senecas still on road, set for contest with Royals

Some might not think it ideal to open the season with a pair of road games, but Calvert coach Steve Reser said he believes his team is better equipped for it than most.

After all, Calvert practices at its fieldhouse, and plays its home game just a little down the road.

“Not that the stadium in Tiffin is away for us, but all week, we’re practicing at a different facility, without being on the gamefield we play on anyway,” he said. “Obviously, (the players are) more familiar with (Frost-Kalnow) Stadium, but again, a little bus ride to somebody else’s field they take pretty well.”

The Senecas took it well last week, traveling to Monroeville and coming away with a 31-7 win.

“We went out last week and played well enough to get the win,” Reser said. “At the same time, as every football school, every football team, I’m sure there’s plenty to work on, to get better as well.”

Calvert will try to do that tonight when it heads to Bucyrus to take on Wynford in a non-conference game.

The Royals lost a tough game 34-29 last week to Liberty-Benton.

“Wynford is traditionally a great football school, and I don’t think this year is any different,” Reser said. “They have a great coaching staff. Coach (Gabe) Helbert does a great job, his assistants do a great job, and I think their team — it’s not like it’s his first year — their team understands exactly what the coaches expect. They’re pretty good at their schemes, they have great size. A lot of guys are gonna be bigger on the field than us. We just hope that we can keep up with their size, and give them a battle.”

To combat that, the coach said he wants his team to be sharper tonight than it was against the Eagles.

“We want to execute better this week,” he said. “We did well enough last week to make some plays, but we want to be more efficient on the offensive side, and we don’t want to see any 10-play drives on the defensive side.”

On offense, Calvert will look to Mitch Nielsen, who had seven catches for 125 yards in the win over Monroeville, which included a 53-yard touchdown completion.

“He works very hard to get stronger, to get bigger, to be faster, to be quicker, so he definitely puts in his time off the field,” Reser said of Nielsen. “On the field, he’s been a great leader. He understands what we’re trying to do. He understands there’s times where we’re gonna put him in position, hoping to get the ball, and there’s times where we’re gonna use him as a decoy, and he accepts both roles very well.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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