Jack­ets pull away in sec­ond half

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Tyler Ser­ritt

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.

Pho­tos by TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn Times

( 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.

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