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Hurst helps Calvert get past St. Joseph in 6-man football season opener

Hurst helps Calvert get past St. Joseph in 6-man football season opener

From the Brazos Valley football roundup, week 1 series
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St. Joseph vs. Calvert football

St. Joseph’s Matthew Nelson (6) closes in on Calvert’s Davien Flentroy in the first quarter at Allen Academy’s Baker Field on Aug. 31, 2019.

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Everyone from his teammates to the team managers is family to Calvert senior spreadback Danielshijon Hurst.

He was determined to make his football family proud and did just that, rushing for 258 yards on 19 carries and scoring the game-winning touchdown in the Trojans’ 40-33 win over St. Joseph in the Allen Academy 6-Man Showcase on Saturday at Baker Field.

“I do everything for my team,” Hurst said. “I know they need me. I’m never going to let them down.”

Calvert head coach Ja’Marcus Ashley said he was excited to see the performance from Hurst, who also completed four passes for 151 yards.

“I think it gives our team an overall confidence, knowing that if it gets down to it, we have one guy we can get the ball and he can make magic happen,” Ashley said.

Hurst scored the game-winning TD on a 26-yard run, but he was involved in several big plays before that after a resurgent St. Joseph took a 21-14 lead in the third quarter on Matthew Nelson’s 12-yard TD pass to Trace Brightwell and Gage Lipscomb’s conversion kick.

St. Joseph quarterback/defensive back Trace Brightwell then forced a fumble deep in Calvert territory, but the Trojans returned the favor in their own end zone when junior JaQuarious Ford recovered a fumble and returned it to their 20-yard line. After a 2-yard loss, Hurst connected with wide receiver Billy Thompson Jr. on a 68-yard TD pass as time expired in the third quarter to get Calvert within a point.

Hurst then swung the lead back to Calvert on the second play of the Trojans’ first drive of the fourth quarter, breaking off a 34-yard TD run down the right side for a 27-21 lead after the conversion pass from Corderrius Gilmore to Davien Flentroy.

St. Joseph answered on its next possession as a 36-yard pass from Brightwell to Justin Kristynik set up a 1-yard TD run by James Najvar to tie the game at 27. Najvar was the Eagles’ leading receiver, catching four passes for 75 yards.

“He’s the hardest worker on our team,” St. Joseph head coach Alec Castilleja said. “He wants the ball, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to get him the ball, and we’re just going to keep going.”

Brightwell had a good outing for St. Joseph, completing 13 of 20 passes to six different receivers for 221 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Hurst gave Calvert a 33-27 lead with a 68-yard TD run with 1:47 left in the fourth quarter.

Brightwell then connected with Najvar on a 30-yard TD pass, but Thompson broke up the conversion pass to preserve the 33-33 tie with 1:10 left.

Ford returned the ensuing kickoff to the Calvert 31, and Hurst carried three more times, scoring with 29 seconds left.

Calvert jumped to a 14-0 lead thanks to Hurst’s 41-yard TD pass to Ford in the first quarter and his 15-yard TD run midway through the second quarter.

St. Joseph punched back, scoring twice before halftime to trail 14-13. Junior running back Twister Barrington gave the Eagles their first points on a 6-yard TD run then connected with wide receiver Nelson on a 24-yard TD pass just before halftime.

“We gained the respect of a very, very well-coached and strong program,” Castilleja said. “I think we turned some heads. I don’t have anything to hold my head down for. Of course, we want the win, but the boys competed and showed that we mean business this year.”

St. Joseph will host Temple Holy Trinity in its home opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while Calvert has its bye week before facing Bastrop Tribe Consolidated at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 on the road.

“We had a few mental breakdowns, and then we had some adversity and started to play like individuals instead of a team,” Ashley said. “So we’re definitely going to work on that concept this week, but I’m proud of the guys for getting the win.”

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