Plain and simple, it’s payback time

Not many people want to talk about it but for the Calvert Trojans this one will be about payback, as well as the opportunity to move on to the Regional Finals.  Milford defeated the Trojans on their home field to win the District Championship three weeks ago.  Now they will meet again in the quarterfinals for the right to advance in the Playoffs.  
Calvert has beaten two favored District Champions to get to this point, Jonesboro 46-38 and Richland Springs 43-28 and has looked very impressive by coming back both times to win in the 2nd half. Milford meanwhile routed Blanket 78-42, winning the game rather handily. The last time these two teams met, it was an instant classic with Milford jumping out 48-12 in the 1st half, but Calvert roared back outscoring the Bulldogs 41-6 in the 2nd half only to lose, 54-53 when the extra point try was blocked.
If that game was an instant classic, then the rematch should be something to behold.  Since both teams know the other pretty well from District play, it will be a test of wills in a game that may be decided by who catches the last break of the game.  The Trojans look to contain Jacobe Essary and Eric Evans, the Bulldogs dynamic duo. The two had a hand in all 7 of the Bulldog touchdowns against the Trojans.
Calvert started aggressively against Richland Springs and took an early lead at 8-6, but they would give it up to the Coyotes, and trail at the half 20-8. Both teams would add a touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, so the Coyote lead would remain at 12, 28-16.  That would be the last time Richland Springs would score as Calvert’s hard hitting defense, led by William Golden, DeCorrius Chopp, Taron Gipson, Xavier Laury, DeRodney Thomas and Anthony Jones  shut down the Coyotes and get touchdowns from Gipson and a kick off return by Chopp.
The offense behind quarterback Quan Thompson and running backs JaMikel Fletcher and Xavier Laury would score 27 unanswered points to claim the Area Championship and extract some revenge from an old foe.  Thompson would also toss a touchdown pass to James Lloyd.  The Trojan defense that has stopped Milford, Jonesboro and most recently Richland Springs, seems battle tested and ready to prove a point.
Now it’s plain and simple. This is a chance for the Trojans to continue their march toward a championship and payback another old foe in the process.  The Trojans confidence grows stronger with each successive win.  Friday night, they will be a hard team to beat.

Michael Cotton | Robertson County News

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