Cal­houn coasts for Home­com­ing win

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Tyler Ser­ritt

The Cal­houn Yel­low Jack­ets com­mem­o­rated Home­com­ing by bring­ing the of­fen­sive fire­works to The Reeve on Fri­day, treat­ing the ca­pac­ity home crowd to a com­mand­ing 41-10 sub­re­gion vic­tory over the Har­al­son County Rebels.

The Jack­ets (5-1, 1-0 sub­re­gion) de­ployed the re­li­able of­fen­sive for­mula of uti­liz­ing the phys­i­cal rush­ing of run­ning back Zack Fuller to open up pass­ing lanes for quar­ter­back Gavin Gray, who aired the ball out ef­fi­ciently and ac­cu­rately all evening.

Fuller got Cal­houn on the board by pow­er­ing in a four-yard rush­ing touch­down to cap off the team’s suc­cess­ful open­ing drive, and book­ended that with an ad­di­tional four-yard scor­ing scram­ble in the third quar­ter to pad the team’s lead. Fuller fin­ished with 59 yards on eight at­tempts, and added 10 yards on one re­cep­tion.

“Of­fen­sively, I think we played ex­tremely well, and I think we were able to con­trol the flow of the game for most of the night,” Cal­houn head coach Hal Lamb said.

Af­ter com­plet­ing a cou­ple high-per­cent­age throws on the first drive, Gray’s night took a brief turn when he forced a ball into dou­ble-cov­er­age for an in­ter­cep­tion on the sec­ond pos­ses­sion. How­ever, the turnover only seemed to light a fire un­der Gray. He de­liv­ered a pre­cise throw to wide re­ceiver Bralin Barton on the fol­low­ing drive, who broke nu­mer­ous tack­les and sliced through the Rebel de­fense for a 63-yard score.

Gray also pro­duced with his legs, de­ceiv- ing and out-sprint­ing Har­al­son County (0-4, 0-1) to the out­side for a six-yard rush­ing touch­down. He added more in­sur­ance for the Jack­ets when he tossed it to wide re­ceiver Pay­ton Mor­row, who flashed some agility and quick­ness of his own for a 49-yard dash across the goal line to in­crease Cal­houn’s to­tal.

Gray reg­is­tered 353 yards on 18 com­ple­tions. He also chipped in 33 yards on the ground.

Cal­houn en­joyed an ex­plo­sive per­for­mance from nu­mer­ous mem­bers of its tal­ented re­ceiv­ing corps. Luke Mose­ley came down with a few timely, im­pact­ful grabs for the Jack­ets, post­ing 90 re­ceiv­ing yards on four catches. In­clud­ing the score, Barton tal­lied 94 yards on four snags. Lo­gan Parker and Rucker Reeves also made valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­lific pass­ing at­tack.

The dis­rup­tive Jacket de­fense was off-bal­ance in the first quar­ter against the Har­al­son County of­fense, which em­pha­sized quick-hit­ting, dink-and-dunk passes to ap­ply pres­sure and move the chains.

How­ever, Cal­houn’s de­fense was able to buckle down and make ad­just­ments at the half, pre­vent­ing Har­al­son County from get­ting a first down in the third quar­ter and keep­ing them off the score­board the en­tire sec­ond half to seal the Home­com­ing win.

“Home­com­ing is a spe­cial time for us, and I knew it would be a big crowd, so I wanted us to show the fans what type of foot­ball team that we have here,” Lamb said. “It was an ex­cit­ing at­mos­phere from the first pos­ses­sion to the last one.”

The Jack­ets make a brief trip south to square off with sub­re­gion foe Adairsville next Fri­day.

TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn Times

Cal­houn’s James Prater (10) makes a tackle dur­ing the first half of Fri­day’s game.

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