Jackets pull away in second half
Calhoun Coach Hal Lamb has continuously prompted his players to continue to improve in all phases of the game as the season rolls along. That improvement was on full display on Friday, as the Yellow Jackets (4-1) utilized high- flying offense, ferocious defense and accurate special teams to defeat North Murray 40-13 in a 6-AAA region crossover game.
Perhaps the biggest storyline from the contest was the inability for the Mountaineers (2-3) to contain punishing Calhoun running back Zack Fuller, who gashed the North Murray defense for 204 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 19 carries.
“He’s one of those kids that would run through a brick wall if you asked him to,” Lamb said. “He’s special, and he deserves every yard that he gets. A lot of credit needs to go to our offensive line as well, but he was unstoppable.”
The Calhoun offense also benefitted from stellar play from quarter-back Gavin Gray, who showed patience and precision while airing the ball out for 262 passing yards and two deep passing scores.
“Gavin is coming into his own out there,” Lamb said. “He missed on a couple throws, but the many throws that he was able to make went for huge gains, and that really got us going out there.”
Wide receivers Luke Moseley, Brannon Spector and Bralin Barton were the primary beneficiaries of Gray’s proficient night.
After a 70-yard Spector touchdown was negated by a participation penalty on Calhoun’s sideline, Gray was able to shake off the momentary adversity to throw a strike to Moseley in stride, who coasted past the North Murray secondary for a 48-yard score. Moseley also tacked on an interception in the third quarter.
Spector didn’t manage to find the end zone against the Mountaineers, but did rack up 80 receiving yards on six catches and snagged a 44-yard pass that set up a third quarter touchdown that put Calhoun in full control of the game.
Barton blazed past the Mountaineer defense on a 65-yard score late in the third. The perimeter speedster collected a total of 91 receiving yards.
The contest became increasingly physical from the second quarter on, but that only seemed to benefit a Calhoun defensive unit that featured sacks from Davis Allen, Bailey Lester, Zeke Nance and Collin Baggett.
The Jacket defensive line, linebacking corps and secondary was able to apply relentless pressure on North Murray quarterback Preston Poag, Jr., holding him to 134 yards on 25 attempts through the air. It also bottled up starting running back Waylyn James, who rushed for nine yards on seven totes. The group even forced a fumble that it re-covered in the second quarter.
Calhoun squares off against Haralson County next Friday at The Reeve in their first 6-AAA South subregion game.
( Zack Fuller (24) runs past the North Murray defense for a touchdown in the first half on Friday. ( Calhoun’s Brannon Spector (3) goes up for a catch in the third quarter.