As the Mount de Sales players bounded their way from the chilly night air into their fieldhouse at Mike Garvin Stadium on Friday, one Cavaliers player shouted, Were going to celebrate this one!
Indeed, Mount de Sales has a lot to celebrate following Fridays 20-3 win over Trinity Christian-Sharpsburg. It is the Cavaliers third win in a row after starting the season 0-5 as they improved to 3-0 in region play going into next Fridays game at Stratford that will carry heavy region championship implications.
The Eagles and Cavaliers are tied for first place in the region.
After that five-game losing streak, spirits were definitely down. I think there is a certain air about this team. These guys keep grinding, Mount de Sales quarterback Reed Ely said. We come out every day, and we keep working. We dont really care about our record. We keep working and grinding every day. Thats something that really separates this team from any team Ive ever been apart of. Its incredible.
On Friday, Mount de Sales broke an early stalemate to blow the game wide open with a pair of big plays, one just before halftime and another moments after the second half had gotten underway to pull ahead 13-0.
With neither team having been able to score, Mount de Sales created some momentum late in the second quarter when Lions running back Rodney Neely Jr., fumbled and the Cavaliers recovered near midfield. Mount de Sales went for a big play and struck gold right away. On the first snap after the turnover, Ely found running back Will Jones open behind the Trinity secondary, and Jones hauled in the pass for a touchdown and 7-0 lead 1:02 before halftime.
The Cavaliers hit another big play coming out of the locker room. On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Alex Sands rumbled 70 yards through the middle of the Lions defense for a touchdown. The extra-point try failed, keeping the score at 13-0. Sands led Mount de Sales on the ground with 97 yards.
After its lead was cut to 13-3, Mount de Sales responded by driving 80 yards in seven plays, extending its lead to 20-3 when Elys pass toward the end zone was caught by an outstretched Carson Leatherwood.
Trinity was able to move the ball against the Cavaliers, scrapping its expected offensive game plan of passing the ball out of its shotgun formations to rely more on the run. Although the Lions gained 236 yards, they were held to three points, those coming on a third-quarter field goal. Trinitys best chance at a touchdown came on its opening drive, converting two third downs and one fourth down before turning the ball over on downs at the Cavaliers 20.
All year long theyve been a shotgun passing team, and they came out and gave us something that we hadnt prepared for, Mount de Sales head coach Robert Slocum said. It took us awhile to adjust, but our defense did a great job.