Calvary Cavaliers opened up 1-2A District play with a 49-7 victory over the North Caddo Rebels on an emotional night at Jerry Barker Stadium on Thursday night.
Calvary celebrated the life of Daniel Fitzwater, former player for Calvary and brother of two current Cavaliers players players.
“Told the kids tonight before we started…we’ve had enough life for the last two weeks,’’ Calvary coach John Bachman said. “I reminded them that this game is about having fun as much as it means anything. That’s what we’ve tried to focus on.
“We saw the highlight video, we saw us on the video laughing and having a good time. I reminded them that’s what we really need to be. So all I want you guys to do is have fun. I think we answered that bell pretty well.’’
Kordavion Washington let loose on the Rebels as he put up four touchdowns and 141 yards for the night.
“I can’t do it without my offensive line especially my blocker David Fitzwater,” Washington said.
The Cavaliers also had an air attack from Jake Bartley who put up 163 passing yards with two touchdown passes.
Calvary dominated the Indians in the first half as they took a 42-0 lead into halftime. Calvary started off early with some big plays.
Washington busted through on a 46-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. He kept rolling in the first quarter as he made another big run for 38 yards. The Cavaliers offense kept the points coming in the first quarter as Bartley connected with Jaylon Carter for the third touchdown of the quarter. The Cavs didn’t let up in the second quarter as Bartley continued in the second quarter with another 38–yard touchdown pass to Kyle Jones to expand the lead to 28-0. Washington added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to close out the half 42-0.
North Caddo punted the ball six times in the first half and had one end zone interception to stop the Caveliers from scoring one more time. The Cavaliers defense also kept the North Caddo offense grounded as they only allowed 21 yards for the first half.
North Caddo showed that it was not ready to give up as it started the second half by recovering an onside kick. Less than a minute later, though, the Rebels fumbled the ball.
North Caddo’s lone score came in the third quarter as Tymon Sanders completed a 41-yard pass to Chris Haire to score the sole touchdown for the Rebels.
Calvary reserve quarterback Cade Hart passed to newcomer Evan Norwood to closed out the game for the Cavaliers with a touchdown pass.
North Caddo coach Chuck Dupree knew this was going to be a tough game for his team, but he is optimistic about the upcoming weeks.
“We knew what it was going to be coming into this,’’ Dupree said. “It was going to be tough. The next four games are very winnable for us. We had North Webster last week who beat us up. Calvary tonight beat us up. Now we got four games that we can compete with.”