Thursday, December 12, 2013

Calvary Dominates Archbishop Hannan To Capture First Football State Title In School History

Calvary head coach John Bachman said before the Division III Championship tilt with Archbishop Hannan that his Cavs should win this game---unless they beat themselves.

Thursday afternoon in the first of nine state championship games over three days, the Cavs may have been the only team in the classification that could have hung with the Cavs.

The Hawks must have known how daunting the task was, choosing to attempt an onside kick to start the game; a sign of things to come as the ball caromed off a Cavalier player, bouncing past the onrushing Hannan players.  Five different Hawks had dibs on the dribbled pigskin but Calvary's Jared Brown scooted past them, diving on the loose ball setting the Cavs up with great field position.

Two plays after taking possession, Orlando Bradford bolted through a gaping hole in the middle of the field, racing untouched into the end zone for the first score in LHSAA Division III Championship history to give the Cavs a 6-0 lead.

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Archbishop Hannan pieced together a promising drive on their first possession of the game, driving 66 yards in 8 plays before handing the ball to Calvary on a fumble at the Cavs 24 yard line.

In what turned out to be the highlight for the Hawks, Calvary turned the ball over on downs after a Jake Bartley fake punt pass attempt fell incomplete.

Cue the rout music.

After blocking a Hannan 42 yard field goal attempt, the Cavalier turned the furnace on full blast---a welcome temperature change in the chilly Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Shea Patterson found his fellow sophomore, Jake Bartley, down the sideline for a 32 yard score to cap a 6 play-89 yard touchdown drive that also featured a museum-quality artful 42 yard completion to Shun Brown.

The Hawks offense ran 21 plays for a total of 3 yards the remainder of the first half, leaving plenty of time and prime real estate for Calvary to work with.

Patterson hooked up with Brown for a 9-yard score to increase the margin to 20-0.

Brown started the next possession for Calvary by picking off Korey Zeigler at the Calvary 36 yard line.

Flipping the field for the second quarter, it took 90 seconds for Orlando Bradford to cap the 64 yard drive by motoring 53 yards down the Calvary sideline for to turn this officially into a lopsided affair at 27-0.

Bradford added a two-yard plunge for his third score of the half to give Calvary a 34-0 lead. Patterson's connection with Jordan Kennedy covering 67 yards capped the torrid scoring pace of the first half, making it 41-0 Calvary.

The only drama remaining: Would Calvary erase Landry from the record books with the most dominant win in LHSAA State Championship history (58-0 over Arcadia in the Class B championship in 1943).

Orlando looked like a man running to Disney World on his first carry of the third quarter, traversing 62 yards to up the ante, 48-0.

Standout senior defensive lineman, Randy Woodle got the "Refrigerator Perry" award: Big number 55 rumbled in from a yard out to push the lead to 55-0.  After the game, Coach John Bachman said the give to Woodle near the goal line was not a 'salt in the wound' play meant to embarrass Hannan. Instead, Bachman called it a reward for Woodle's leadership during his four years as a starter.

On the other end of the experience spectrum, freshman Kyle Jones was the last Cav to reach paydirt. Jones two yard run ensuing point after allowed Calvary to tie the mark for most points scored in an LHSAA State Championship game (South Plaquemine in 2008 in a 62-16 win over Christian Life).

The first of nine state titles ended with Calvary on top 62-7. Some will point at the lopsided score and call this a by-product of Select/Non-Select schools  "Watered Down Playoffs".  John Bachman said, "Our kids will tell ya’ now, ‘this watered down state championship’.... I told them if I was asked that question. You name the team that’s out there today that’s playing and wants to play us next? Put the ball down. We’ll play ‘em all, anyplace, anytime, anywhere. That’s how confident we are."