It was cool — finally — as the Calaveras HIgh School varsity football team ran onto the field in all white at Modesto Christian Friday night.
Calaveras was protecting a 2-0 start to their season and head coach Jason Weatherby said Thursday was expecting a tough contest with the Crusaders.
And that’s exactly what the Crusaders got.
When the clock ran out, Calaveras remained undefeated with a lopsided win of 42-7.
With a gametime temperature of 83 and a northwesterly breeze, the Crusaders received the Calaveras kickoff. There was no return on the play.
The Crusaders played quickly through their first series and moved the ball to the 15. Another run play and Modesto scored their first touchdown. The point after was good and with 11:03 left Modesto Christian led 7-0.
Weatherby said after the game he thought his team was in for a different ballgame than they expected,
But fairly quickly his concerns were abated.
Calaveras received the ball and started their night offensively at the 31 yard line.
Kyle Byrd’s first pass of the night was incomplete and set up a fourth down.
The Calaveras defense settled in on the next set of downs and forced another punt by Modesto with 8:23 to go.
Calaveras picked up their first penalty early in the first quarter, Tanner Joses had a nice run to set up a more manageable second and 8.
Joses picked up a fresh set of downs on a run play as the Calaveras offense continued to pound away at the Modesto defense.
With 3:55 left in the first Modesto Christian’s offsides penalty gave Calaveras another first down.
Joses found space up the middle and scored the first touchdown for Calaveras. The point after was good, tying the score at 7-7 with 3:02 to play in the first.
Calaveras recovered a fumble on the next series with 2:57 left in the first.
Byrd was flushed from the pocket on the first down play, he sped to the right and threw a completion resulting in a touchdown to give Calaveras the lead. The point after attempt was good, and Calaveras led 14-7 with 2:46 to play in the first quarter.
The Crusaders started their next drive on their own 34 yard line. Calaveras sacked the quarterback for a 14-yard loss.
Senior Andrew Davis nearly picked off a third and long pass, and the Crusaders were forced to punt again with 1:01 left in the first.
The first quarter ended with Calaveras facing third and long. The Byrd pass on third down was broken up and the Calaveras punt pinned Modesto back to their own 5 yard line.
A quick three and out and Calaveras took possession with 9:53 to play in the second quarter.
Lengthy runs by Cesar Vazquez and Joses helped push Calaveras up to the 1 yard line.
Logan Weatherby cruised through the defense to score. The point after was good to make the score 21-7 with 6:47 to play in the half.
Modesto Christian fumbled the return and Calaveras recovered.
With 6 minutes to play in the half Joses ran for another touchdown. The point after was good and Calaveras pushed their lead to 28-7.
Modesto Christian found some rhythm on their next series. A series of running plays took them into Calaveras territory with 4:57 to play in the half.
But the push was short lived after the Modesto quarterback mishandled a handoff attempt.
Calaveras recovered with 4:39 left in the half.
Madsen, Norton and Byrd all picked up first downs on the possession, moving the ball to the 14 yard line with 1:30 left in the first half.
A Calaveras holding penalty pushed them back to the 21, but a Byrd pass gave Calaveras another touchdown. The point after was good, making the score 35-7 with 53 seconds left in the half.
After the kick, a skirmish broke out at the line of scrimmage and a personal foul penalty was called on the Crusaders.
At the half, the score remained 35-7.
Joses picked up where he left off in the first half — running the ball and collecting first downs as Calaveras marched down the field.
With 8:20 to play in the third the Calaveras run game set up a first and goal at the 9.
The drive stalled after a fumble on third down. Calaveras opted for a punt but fumbled the snap. Modesto recovered the ball with 5:38 left in the third quarter.
Byrd intercepted a pass on a fourth and 13 play by Modesto, setting up Calaveras in Modesto territory with 2:02 to play in the third quarter.
At the end of three, the score remained 35-7.
A penalty on the first play of the final quarter gave Calaveras a first and goal at the 9.
Senior Trey Ringlein scored on a rushing play to extend the lead. The point after was good and Calaveras led 42-7 with 11:13 left in the fourth quarter.
Modesto turned over on downs with 6:10 left in the game.
And Calaveras used up the clock with a series of penalties and rushing plays.
Weatherby said Modesto Christian’s defense was what they expected and his team’s offense played well against them.
“We had a pretty good game plan in place and we were ready to go,” he said.
Weatherby said he was surprised by the score.
“They’re very athletic, and they’re very good,” he said.
Calaveras plays Union Mine of El Dorado at home next Friday. Weatherby said his practice plan for the upcoming week is simple.
“Do what we do and try to do it better,” he said.