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Prospect Review: Savannah Country Day at Calvary Day

By Barry Every
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Barry Every breaks down the top prospects from last week's matchup between Savannah Country Day and Calvary Day.

Savannah, Georgia – For the first time in 24 years Savannah (Ga.) Country Day has swept both city rivals, Savannah (Ga.) Christian and Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day.  The Hornets racked up 496 yards of total offense while pitching a second half shutout on their way to a 49-14 victory over the Cavaliers.
It was a night of sophomore superlatives as signal caller Barry Kleinpeter had a hand in five scores while completing 14 of 20 passes for 263 yards. Backfield mates Davion Smith and Kenneth Odom added 233 yards rushing and 104 yards receiving while reaching the end zone three times.
Savannah Country Day (9-0/5-0) will now host Wrightsville (Ga.) Johnson County (7-1/5-0) for the Region 3-A Championship. The two teams met in a non-region tilt earlier this year with the Hornets edging the Trojans 25-22.
Calvary Day (5-4/2-3) heads to Twin City (Ga.) Emanuel County Institute (5-4/4-1) in a Region 3-A Crossover contest. The winner will get a boost in the GHSA Power Rankings which ultimately seeds the teams for the Public and Private Single-A playoffs.
Below are my top performers from each squad based on their performance and athletic potential. Though only six players were chosen, more than ten players from this contest were included in the weekly XOS Digital Prospect Report. This report is distributed to over 200 DI through DIII colleges.

Savannah Country Day Hornets

Erik Brown, 5-8/165, ATH (2021)

Offers: None
Comments: The two-way speedster had a huge night catching five passes for 126 yards and two scores while recording four tackles and a pick. Through eight games Brown leads the Hornets in receptions and receiving yards; he is actually averaging an incredible 20.6 yards per catch. Though slightly undersized, Brown possesses the body structure of a running back and excellent top end speed. This whirling dervish most likely projects as a slot receiver at the next level.  He is extremely dangerous in space and has the ability to deke defenders in the open field.

Barry Kleinpeter, 6-1/175, QB (2022)

Offers: None
Comments: Not only did Kleinpeter excel as a quarterback in the win over Calvary Day he led the team with seven tackles while adding a TFL and an interception. Make no mistake, Kleinpeter is all quarterback. I would classify him as a pro-style signal caller that happens to be athletic. Many of his throws were made with someone in his grill. Kleinpeter has quick feet and does a good job of squaring his shoulders just before the throw. When given a little time he can really let it rip, as many of his shots were over the middle third of the field. Through nine games he has completed 64% of his passes for 1,676 yards and 17 touchdowns versus just three interceptions. Kleinpeter is also the team’s second leading rusher with 408 yards on 80 carries and eight touchdowns.

Kenneth Odom, 5-9/150, ATH (2022)

Offers: None
Comments: Odom was Mr. Do-it-all Friday night snagging three passes for 58 yards while gaining 71 yards on the ground on just two carries. Defensively he recorded four tackles and a fumble recovery. He also proved valuable on special teams with a 50-yard kick return. He could project as a slot receiver or possible corner at the next level. Despite being a tad lean he is not afraid to make plays over the middle of the field and has the speed to separate. On the season the two-way standout is second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and total tackles while leading SCDS in return yards.

Davion Smith, 5-6/170, RB (2022)

Offers: None
Comments: Smith is not only the leading rusher for the Hornets but he leads the team in all-purpose yards through nine games. The all-purpose back demonstrated the feet of a salsa dancer and the ability to make yards after contact. He is also very adept at catching passes out of the backfield as he grabbed two receptions for 46 yards and a score in the victory. Smith is simply hard to see when he hits the line of scrimmage and somehow he can squeeze through the smallest of gaps. He is a quick stepper with good balance and excellent change of direction.

Calvary Day Cavaliers

Greg Daniel, 5-11/180, RB/ATH (2021)

Offers: None
Comments: After missing two games with an ankle sprain, Daniel was back in the saddle at the tailback position. He carried the ball 16 times for 86 yards while catching two passes for 31 yards and a score. He should be considered a decent sized all-purpose back that excels at separating from defenders when in space. He has very good top end speed and a hip and knee wiggle that throws would-be-tacklers off the trail. Despite missing two games he still leads the Cavaliers in all-purpose yards. He is definitely someone that high level FCS and FBS schools should have on their recruiting board.

Kaleb Park, 6-3/198, WR/TE (2020)

Offers: None
Comments: Park is a little bit of an unknown as he came into his senior season with just seven total catches. Last Friday he caught four passes for 116 yards and one touchdown, he did have one long touchdown called back due to penalty. On the season he leads the Cavaliers with 39 receptions for 551 yards and six scores. The former backup signal caller has found a home as a hybrid TE/WR, using his size to cause matchup problems. Park is a hard task for smaller defensive backs to tackle and his size simply causes matchup problems. He looks to have solid hands and pretty good body control; he could be a late find for someone looking for that hybrid receiver at the next level.