Something had to give. Calloway County’s Laker football team was coming off two tough losses to high octane western Kentucky programs [Caldwell County and Murray] and Massac was fresh off a season opening win against Trenton-Wesclin — 0 and 2 meets 1 and 0.
When the dust settled on Friday night’s steamy affair, 0 and 2 won out…big. Calloway County rode the legs [plural] of Dustin Harvey and the leg [singular] of Garrett Schwettman to a 38-0 win over the homestanding Patriots.
Harvey rushed for nearly 200 and bulled in a pair of touchdowns and Schwettman negated Massac’s return game with booming kickoffs [touchbacks all night] and added a fourth quarter field goal for good measure.
Massac was not without chances to score, however, as they got into Calloway’s “red zone” three times but couldn’t find paydirt.
Massac’s defense held the Lakers on their first possession but the Pats’ first possession was ill fated and sort of set the tone for the rest of the night.
A nice punt by the Lakers put Massac in business at their own 18 yard line. But a big penalty and a “squibbed” punt turned the ball back to Calloway at Massac’s 20.
Three plays later [including another big penalty] and Calloway had a 7-0 lead. Schwettman put the ensuing kickoff in the end zone for a touchback and Massac began its second series on the 20.
On second and seven, Amos completed a seven yard pass to Shequalle Edwards for a first down and Massac appeared to be on the move at their own 30.
But Calloway jarred the ball loose and took over on the fumble at Massac’s 31 yard line. Calloway quarterback Tyler Greer converted a big fourth and two play and Massac was assessed its third personal foul penalty on the play for a first and goal situation at Massac’s 8 yard line. Harvey punched it in from the 3 yard line and after Schwettman’s perfect PAT the score was 14-0.
The Patriots’ first and best chance to claw back into the game came on their next possession when QB Amos and halfback Shaq Moore drove the ball down to the Lakers’ 21 yard line.
Moore ripped off an eight yard run and with an inadvertent face mask penalty tacked on, Massac had first and goal from Calloway’s nine yard line. But from there things went south in a hurry.
An illegal procedure penalty and an incomplete pass set up second and 13 and on consecutive plays, Calloway got to Amos in his backfield. On fourth and goal from the 22, another incomplete pass gave Calloway the ball on their own 22.
Harvey gained nine yards on first down but a penalty on Calloway negated five yards of that run. Not to worry, Harvey broke loose for a 64 yard jaunt that ended when Jordan Troutman ran him down at the 11 yard line to temporarily halt the touchdown drive.
Greer called his own number on the next play and walked into the end zone when Massac’s entire defense was fooled by some serious misdirection.
The PAT was good and the score was 21-0 and getting serious for Massac. Massac made another good run at it on their next possession before a stellar defensive play on a tipped incomplete pass resulted in a Calloway interception and spelled the end for Massac’s chances.
Calloway rushed for a couple of first downs, then Greer unloaded a 40 yard touchdown strike to Josh Friedrich who never broke stride en route to the end zone for a 28-0 halftime lead.
Massac County threatened twice more in the third quarter but the first threat ended with Amos being sacked in his backfield and more importantly, sustaining a neck injury that resulted in his being taken off the field via ambulance for further examination.
The second threat was thwarted after a nice run by backup QB Caleb Crim to Calloway’s 2 yard line. A couple of stops, a penalty and a muffed snap from center turned the ball back to Calloway and with time running out on the third quarter, Harvey broke off a 76 yard run and punctuated the drive with a two yard plunge for Calloway’s last touchdown.
Calloway called off the dogs in the fourth quarter and Coach Kelly Glass capitulated with both teams finishing up with JV players. Schwettman ended all scoring with a nice field goal for the final score of 38-0.
Massac is in action Friday night when they travel to Union County to tangle with Anna-Jonesboro’s Wildcats.