Calvary notches 503 yards of total offense
By JOE MYERS
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
The Calvary Christian Knights ran around, over and past Covenant Christian by a final score of 41-13 in the opening round of the ICSGA State Playoffs Friday night at Britt David Park.
"I couldn't have asked for a much better performance from my team, but it starts with our offensive line," said Calvary coach Brian Osborne, whose team racked up 503 yards of total offense in the win. "Those guys have a lot of game experience and the past few weeks have really started opening up holes that makes it hard for teams to figure out which way we're going to run the ball."
Calvary (5-5) -- which has won five straight games since having to forfeit
two wins due to the inadvertent use of an ineligible player -- will now travel to face Loganville Christian (9-0) in the semifinals next week.
Loganville defeated Calvary, 19-7, in Columbus when the teams met back in Week 1 of the season.
"This game is going to be different," said Calvary halfback/defensive back Duncan Newton, who had 291 yards of offense and four touchdowns Friday night. "One is because that was our first game of the season. Another is that I think we're going to be ready when we go up there and we'll definitely be up for the game."
Newton was the go-to guy for the Knights, as he finished the game with 155 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and another 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns on four catches.
"It was all about our line," said Newton, who has more than 1,200 rushing yards and 350 receiving yards this season for the Knights. "They open the holes for us as running backs, but we have to hit those holes. We feed off each other."
Calvary -- which had 20 plays that gained 10-plus yards in the game -- scored three touchdowns in the first 14 minutes to build and early 21-0 advantage. Newton scored on a 6-yard run and a 26-yard pass from Jacob Ammons and fullback Justin Moss -- who finished with 91 yards on 15 carries -- got a touchdown on a 6-yard run.
Covenant (3-5) got a 78-yard touchdown run by Tristen Cline, who had 202 yards on 18 carries for the game, to pull to within 21-6 with 9:34 to go before halftime. However, Newton got his second touchdown catch of the game, this time on a 58-yard pass from Ammons, to send Calvary into the locker room with a 27-6 lead at halftime.Newton got his second rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run to make it 34-6 and backup Jeffrey Scott scored the Knights' final TD on a 4-yard run with 2:36 to go, putting Calvary up 41-6.
"This team really started coming together after we had to forfeit those two wins," said Osborne, whose team won its first playoff game and first home playoff game in program history. "That brought this team closer together. They play hard, play together and play for each other. That's why we've been so successful." Calvary finished with 343 rushing yards on 48 carries, as Xavieus Duncan pitched in 50 yards on only four carries and Jeremy Walker -- who doubles as the Knights' kicker -- added 28 yards on only five carries. Ammons also went 5-for-8 for 160 yards and two touchdowns passing as Calvary set a school record for most offense in a game.
Friday at Britt David Park
Covenant 0 6 0 7--13
Calvary 14 13 0 14--41
Calvary-- Duncan Newton 6 run (Jeremy Walker kick), 9:18.
Calvary-- Newton 26 pass from Jacob Ammons (Walker kick), 0:31.
Calvary-- Justin Moss 6 run (Walker kick), 10:44
Covenant-- Tristen Cline 78 run (Kick blocked), 9:34.
Calvary-- Newton 58 pass from Ammons (Kick failed), 2:22
Calvary-- Newton 4 run (Walker kick), 9:29.
Calvary-- Jeffrey Scott 4 run (Walker kick), 2:36.
Covenant-- Devan Williams 35 run (John Wells kick), 1:01.
Records: Covenant Christian 3-5, Calvary 5-5. Next: Covenant season over. Calvary Christian at Loganville Christian, second round of ICSGA playoffs, Friday at 7:30 p.m.