The Calvary mantra all season was "Believe" and the Cavaliers made believers out of the entire state with a 62-7 whipping of Archbishop Hannan in the state championship in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Thursday.
Calvary, a team many wrote off at the beginning of the season when they lost four of their first five games, will bring the state championship trophy back to Shreveport with Coach John Bachman, Sr. winning his second state title in as many tries in the Dome.
Bachman, who led the Evangel Eagles to the state title in 2009, earned another ring for his Division 3 title with the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers anticipated the onside kick to open the game, but got a huge advantage when the ball bounced off someones helmet setting them up at near the Hawks' 30-yard line.
Orlando Bradford wasted little time racing 26 yards for the first score of the game and the Cavaliers were off to their first state championship.
Shea Patterson connected with Jake Bartley on the Cavaliers' next possession for a 32-yard scoring strike and Thomas Sanford booted the first of many extra-point kicks for the afternoon.
Shun Brown gave the Cavaliers a 20-0 lead when he found himself on the receiving end of another pass from Patterson from nine yards out with a little over two minutes remaining in the first period.
The second quarter saw Calvary pull ahead by even more with Bradford paving he way with back-to-back runs to paydirt from 53 and two yards.
The Cavaliers ended the first half up by 41-0 when Jordan Kennedy tight-walked down the Calvary sideline 67 yards after catching a short pass from Patterson.
Calvary's 578 total yards set a new all-class record which was previously 576 held by South Plaquemines, according to the official football program produced by the LHSAA.
Calvary's defense came up with crucial stops all afternoon long, limiting the Hawks to 221 total offensive yards, most of which came late in the game with the starters out.
Senior Randy Woodle came up with six solo tackles, three sacks for a total of 25 yards, four tackles for a loss, dropping the Hawks for 27 yards and recovered a fumble.
Nick Rogers caused a fumble, had five solo stops and was in on another four tackles.
Tyler Sullivan racked up five solo stops with a couple of them looking much like that of those seen in professional wrestling. He was also in on a sack and a pair of tackles for loss.
Calvary's defense stopped the Hawks on 11 of their 16 third-down conversion attempts, with Hannan failing on both fourth-down conversion attempts.
The Hawks managed only one sack on Patterson for 11 yards.
Bradford tacked on a 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter which was plenty enough to assure him his 1,000-yard-plus season total.
Woodle, running from the Calvary "heavy formation" punched in a touchdown from a yard out with 8:12 left in the game to put an exclamation point on his high school career and lifting the Cavaliers to a 55-0 lead, which by the way, was his jersey number.
Freshman Kyle Jones scored the final Cavalier touchdown of the season crossing the goal line from two yards out with 6:40 remaining on the clock.
Finally, with only 2:23 left in the game, Hannan quarterback Korey Zeigler got the Hawks on the board when he scored from five yards out capping a 7-play, 62-yard drive against some of the younger Cavalier defenders.
Patterson finished the game with 285 yards passing, completing 13-of-19 throws for three touchdowns without an interception. Patterson was picked off only four times the entire season.
Bradford rushed for 227 yards on 16 carries, with Patterson ending with a net of 24 on the ground. Eighth-grader Kadavion Washington running for 28 on three totes. Jalen Hewitt had a 25-yard game on the ground.
In the receiving department, Kennedy ended his final prep game with 91 yards, Bradford had 71 and Brown finished the title game with 65.
Punter Zach Kosin was only called upon one time for his duties and hit a 34-yarder to end his high school football career.
Game Stats from Dome
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