SHREVEPORT — A cold and wet night, turned into a cold, wet and disappointing night for eighth-seeded The Dunham School.
Following one of the most exciting wins in school history, Dunham ran into the No. 2 seed and defending Division III state champion Calvary in its second-round matchup.
Calvary played like a state champion in beating the Tigers 59-21.
After opening three-and-outs for both teams, Calvary running back and Arizona commitment Orlando Bradford took his first touch of the game 93 yards to open the scoring for the Cavaliers.
Bradford found the end zone again on the Cavaliers’ ensuing possession.
The 7-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion pushed the Calvary lead to 15-0.
Dunham continued to battle and found its first sign of life late in the second quarter.
Calvary punt returner Rodarius Williams muffed a punt that a group of Tigers pounced on inside the Cavaliers’ 20-yard line.
The Tigers and senior quarterback Jyron Walker capitalized on the mistake as he scored from 3 yards out on a quarterback keeper.
The touchdown got the Tigers back into the game (22-7) with just over two minutes to play in the half.
With Dunham set to receive the ball in the second half and possibly push the game even closer, a key penalty was called that kept alive a drive that turned into a pivotal touchdown as a a would-be big stop on third-and-20 was negated by a personal foul call against Dunham.
Calvary didn’t squander its opportunity to keep the drive going and scored once again, as Shea Patterson connected with Shun Brown on a 10-yard touchdown pass on a slant.
The score sent the Cavaliers into the locker room with a 30-7 lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish.
In the third quarter, tempers flared between the teams.
Personal foul penalties were issued on both sides multiple times throughout the quarter.
Eventually, referees had to have a meeting with both coaches to get the game back under control.
Aside from the penalties, Calvary maintained control of the game and ended Dunham’s season in the process.
Calvary advances to the semifinal round and will host Riverside Academy on Friday night.