Calvert wants to keep momentum vs. Margaretta

After three consecutive losses, Calvert coach Steve Reser said he wanted his team to get back to enjoying playing football again.

The Senecas appeared to do that last week in a 40-21 win over St. Joe.

Reser said this week he wanted to see that attitude continue.

“I think they’ve done a good job of that, carrying the momentum from last week,” he said.

That’s a good thing, because tonight figures to be a much tougher test.

The Senecas (2-3, 1-1 Sandusky Bay Conference River Division) host Margaretta (3-2, 2-0).

The Polar Bears have also some momentum. They won last week 42-14 at Hopewell-Loudon, and have won three consecutive games.

Reser said Margaretta is a difficult matchup.

“Their defense is playing outstanding right now, as well as their offense,” he said. “They’re gonna be tough on both sides of the ball.”

A lot of attention goes to the Polar Bear offense, which has a quarterback in Spencer Michel who has thrown 13 touchdowns, a 6-foot-8 receiver in Mitch Raifsnider who has caught seven of them, and a running back in Brycetyn Hedden who is averaging seven yards a carry.

But Reser said the Polar Bear defense has been playing very well.

Last week, Margaretta allowed only one offensive touchdown, and opponents have managed just 26 points over the last three weeks.

Ethan Garcia has two sacks for the Polar Bears, while Jager Hacker has a team-best 37 tackles.

“Their defense has been pretty stout,” Reser said. “The do enough to bring pressure. They like to bring pressure off the edge. They mix up their coverages, oftentimes playing man under with two high safeties to keep you guessing, and they mix their front up very nicely. We definitely have our hands full.

“On top of all that, they’ve got some really nice athletes, they’ve got some great size, and they’ve got some great speed.”

On offense, Margaretta has some tough players to stop.

“They pose enough threats,” Reser said. “The quarterback (Michel), standing next to the running back (Hedden), doesn’t look very big, but he’s not a bad size either. He comes in at 5-9, 150. He’s very quick, very athletic, and he throws on target. So, when you have a 6-8 receiver (Raifsnider) you throw on target to, even put it a little higher than you need to just to make sure he can go up and get it, that poses a lot of issues on the outside edge, so, we’re doing out best this week to make sure we have plans this week to stop what they’re going to do.”

Calvert will counter with quarterback Jack Shultz, who has thrown for 695 yards and seven touchdowns, and tailback Aaron Rombach, who is averaging more than five yards a carry. Calvert’s Nick Seifert is second in the league — behind Raifsnider — with 356 receiving yards.

On defense, Shultz — a DB — leads the league with 49 tackles, while lineman Jacob Seifert has four sacks.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.