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By the Numbers: Calvary Christian Wielding Strong Faith

“I tell our guys all the time it’s a privilege to be a player, student, and coach here- we want to acknowledge this great opportunity in its fullest potential…”

~ Head Coach Reggie Crume, Calvary Christian Warriors.

Clearwater, March 5, 2019- Despite what the neutral 6-6 season record may portray, Calvary put on a valiant show in 2018. Junior Quarterback Harold Cook ranks in the top three as a Class 3A passing leader and 1st among region three passers. The teams’ ground game comes in at 8th in all of Class 3A among rushing leaders, good for 2nd place in their region three. Receiving wise, the Warriors are 3rd in both those class and region categories as well. Here is a chunk of the Warriors’ 2018 season stat-line according to MaxPreps and some wise words from the man overseeing the entire operation.

“My first priority was to get everyone moving in the same direction- I’m a big family guy and I want coaches and players to have a bond beyond the game that lasts a lifetime; that’s really been my focus when I came to this program. A lot of things in this world are “me, me” and everyone has their problem agendas I know, but our goals start with our coaching staff and setting a great example for our athletes,” states Head Coach Reggie Crume sincerely.  

44- The amount of ambitious players on the roster devoting their blood, sweat and tears to this program.

32- The number of sacks the navy and white racked up in their defensive season efforts.

204.3- The total number of receiving yards per game Calvary amassed, shattering national averages. 

Calvary quarterback, Harold Cook

The passionate mentor continues, “Four of our five offensive linemen are returning; those guys did a great job up front, paving the way for our run game. If anyone looks at our offense in the last 3-5 years, the system is based on getting all guys involved. We had seven different guys score at least one touchdown this past year. We’re making the defenses respect more than one threat; this is the third season a QB for us has thrown for more than 2,000 yards. Our current quarterback, Harold Cook, leads by example- he has an uncanny ability to be humble in his approach, as well as being a vocal leader and is an outstanding young man that works hard at his craft.” 

“Special teams is a big component, we try to spend a lot of time on it and it’s a difference maker in every game. Every year, I challenge my special teams’ coordinator Daron Moore; we want to know that we’re creating an edge. Our kicker, Aidan Shahriari, did a great job in his junior season for us; he’s ranked top ten in the country in field goals and punting. We’re constantly pushing that envelope to make it an impactor on Friday nights,” exclaims Coach Crume surely.

46- The total TD’s the program tallied in 2018 (9th of 29 in all of Class 3A). This tenacious and scrappy group exceeds scoreboard expectations; a sixth sense for the end zone.

364- Number of Points For Calvary (overall points scored), that stacks up to 9th place of 38 teams in Class 3A; impressive benchmark for a youthful squad, somewhat lacking roster depth, but certainly not deficient in belief and heart.

163- The single-season record of completions for Head Coach Crume and the offense (ranks 1st out of all coaches before him in category).

2,452- The single-season record for passing yards led by Coach Crume and gunslinger Harold Cook.

Kellyn West, Calvary WR

“It’s a very young team- only had four returning seniors, so I’m proud of our guys in my first year. I’m thankful for the way they’ve bought into what I’ve tried to bring to the table and the success they’ve been able to achieve on the field. I’m excited most about the direction we’re headed in the near future- I’m all about ‘getting the right people on the bus’.” 

8- The number of games over 100+ yards rushing single-season record, broke this year by the Calvary Christian backfield.  

164- The number of receptions for the single-season record, along with the 28 single-season receiving TDs record. The boys were busy making things happen in the air with their ‘stick em’s’.

“We’re seeing that commitment every day in the weight room and building the culture and brotherhood we’ve instilled in our program. January through April in the offseason is the time to build on these aspects and everything else will fall into place. Everything matters- we don’t do anything just to do it; every rep, math problem, and every question we’re answering matters. If we take pride in everything we do, it will take care of its self on and off the field.” 

“I’m also excited to have added our defensive coordinator, Adam Waugh; him joining brings a ton of experience, as he coached for 15 years at the division one level. We want to be demanding but not demeaning- push them to be the absolute best they can be, put them in the best position and the wins and losses will work its self out. I tell our guys all the time it’s a privilege to be a player, student and coach here- we want to acknowledge this great opportunity in its fullest potential.” 

4.5- Calvary also averages a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from hundreds of people’s votes about the school overall.

9- Calvary holds the rights to 2nd most field goals made in Class 3A with 9 through the uprights and 9 punts Aidan Shahriari landed inside the 20-yard line. They also possess the 6th spot in the scoring leaders’ category among all Class 3A contenders.  

64- The number of yards the longest punt upcoming senior punter and kicker booted to the skies, along with the 1,330 total punt yards he collected, averaging 38! 

Coach Crume closes humbly, “Calvary Christian high school is a ministry of the church; we don’t shy away from that at all. It’s an awesome and positive environment when you walk the halls here. Religion is a big part and once a month, on the third Thursday, we have someone lead our devotion, whether it be a speaker, our staff or a player- it’s an important part in what we strive to accomplish here. We’ve had players saved and dedicate their life to Crist, that’s why I say it’s bigger than records.”

“We are using it as a platform for these kids, to show them life lessons and helping them find that path is quite frankly why I got into coaching. Someone on the outside looking in would never understand how special this place is until they experience it so that’s why I want our guys to appreciate and take advantage of this opportunity we are fortunate to have here.”

Vaughan Sixbury, BCP Contributor