Patuxent won its third straight game and reached its season-high in points as it manhandled host Calvert, 51-7, on Thursday night.
Offensively, the Panthers have reached the 40-point plateau twice already. Defensively, Patuxent has allowed just one touchdown.
"That's our calling card," Patuxent head coach Steve Crounse said of his defensive unit. "This is weird to say, but we don't feel like we played good defense tonight. There were times where we got out of what we do well, hustling, getting to the ball, but we rallied and got a W.' It's a good teaching moment for us. We'll go back and watch the film and clean some things up and we'll be ready to go."
"Actually I kind of am [surprised at our success so far]," said Patuxent freshman running back Rafiq Douglas, who rushed for 65 yards and two scores. "But I believe in us, I think we can do big things."
Calvert head coach Marc Watson added, "Obviously I'm very disappointed because we were excited for the game. It was a county team, so we wanted to come out and play and represent well and at times we executed but too many times we did not."
The Panthers (3-0, 2-0 SMAC) began to run away in the second quarter after an electrifying play.
Patuxent led, 14-0, before Calvert's Ray Hayes slashed the deficit in half after a scintillating 70-yard run for a score. Hayes appeared to be trapped in the backfield but eluded two would-be tacklers.
"We come back and get a great run, that was all him," Watson said of Hayes, a junior. "And it's 14-7 and it's a football game."
"Ray made a great run and we missed a ton of tackles by running hard," Crounse said. "That was really the first time anyone's done that to us this year so our heads were down."
But their heads soon would be up as Travez Lee took the ensuing kickoff and raced up the middle for a 90-yard touchdown.
"It started off with the blocking then once I got in the wedge and it opened up, I saw I could go," Lee said. "I turned it into another gear and just took off. I thought they would close in, but we cleared them out."
"That was very big," Crounse said, "because they had the momentum on their side."
Watson added, "We had momentum and our kids are fired up and believing. We had made a play, but then they answered it and that's what good teams are going to do and we failed to answer it in return. That right there was the big turning point. That really deflated us, that was a back-breaker, no doubt, 100 percent, absolutely."
Patuxent also had touchdowns by Chicago Garner and Dakota Edwards and quarterback Ed Massengill threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Austin. Kicker Eric Chaconas converted all seven Panthers extra points.
Massengill found Austin from 31 yards out to open the scoring in the first quarter.
"Whenever you play Calvert, Marc always has them prepared and the kids are always prepared because it's a big rivalry game," Crounse said, "so you don't want them hanging around. So for us to get up that was huge."
On the Panthers' next series, Douglas ran for gains of 10 and 13 and then crossed the end zone from six yards out.
"At first I was nervous, but after I scored that first touchdown it was great," Douglas said of the touchdown, which came on a play called Power West. "It was an inside play, so I just dipped my shoulders and two people bounced off me. It was just like a major feeling, but I couldn't do anything without my linemen."
Patuxent outscored the Cavaliers, 21-7, in the second quarter to hold a 28-7 lead at the break.
While the offense erupted for the second week in a row — it pasted Leonardtown for 41 points six days earlier — it was the defense that ruled the night.
And it made itself known to the Calvert offense right off the bat.
The Cavaliers failed to pick up a yard on their first series and had just six on their second. Nine of Calvert's 20 total rushing attempts were for zero or negative yardage.
Hayes' run snapped the Panthers' defense scoreless streak at 109 minutes 45 seconds.
"We want to make a play on defense and then get our offense on the field to make a play and get up and the kids can relax and just play football," Crounse said.
"It was very important because we had to set the tone, send them a message, pop them in the mouth first," Patuxent's Raphael Douglas said. "We just needed to swarm around the ball. It's all a team effort."
The Panthers also added a fourth-quarter safety when senior lineman Jacob Robertson blocked a punt and it bounced through the end zone. Robertson also added a fumble recovery.
"The offense stepped up tremendously and Goose' [Massengill] stepped up and we had some key plays by our running backs and our line," Lee said. "Even though we had a lot of penalties we did OK."
Watson said the Cavaliers (1-2, 1-1 SMAC) just simply did not execute.
"I just think it's a lack of execution. Our guys are prepared; I challenge anyone to tell me they're not," he said. "Our players need to do their job, it's that simple. Do your job. It's our motto and it's on practice jerseys, everything, and tonight we didn't have enough players doing their job."
Patuxent 51, Calvert 7
Patuxent 7 21 14 9
Calvert 0 7 0 0
P — Austin 31 pass from Massengill (Chaconas kick), 11:01
P — Douglas 6 run (Chaconas kick), 1:17
C — Hayes 70 run (Hayes kick), 1:45
P — Lee 90 kick return (Chaconas kick), 1:57
P — Austin 15 pass from Massengill (Chaconas kick), 9:50
P — Edwards 34 run (Chaconas kick), 4:45
P — Douglas 31 run (Chaconas kick), 1:25
P — Safety, punt blocked in end zone, 5:50
P — Garner 9 run (Chaconas kick), 9:36
P (13 first downs, 34-244 rushing, 150 passing, 0-0 fumbles, 13-85 penalties)
C (4 first downs, 20-95 rushing, 24 passing, 2-1 fumbles, 4-28 penalties)
Top individual performers
Rushing — P: Edwards 16-140, Douglas 6-65, Massengill 7-20, Garner 3-20; C: Hayes 4-79, Cannon 4-19
Passing — P: Massengill 12-17-0 150; C: Lanham 4-11-0 24
Receiving — P: Austin 4-79, Gantt 3-49, Jones 2-14; C: Bowlan 2-13, Morsell 2-9