Jack­ets use big plays to pull away, earn win over Red Bud

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Tyler Ser­ritt

The Cal­houn Mid­dle School foot­ball team made sure to get the ball in the hands of its play­mak­ers and uti­lized its dy­namic and ag­ile of­fense in a 42-12 vic­tory over crosstown and re­gion ri­val Red Bud last Thurs­day.

The game started off with a bang when Cal­houn’s Cole Speer re­ceived the open­ing kick­off and juked and cut through the Phoenix spe­cial teams unit for an 80-yard score.

Speer ce­mented him­self as the Yel­low Jack­ets’ big­gest threat as the game wore on, haul­ing in a 48-yard touch­down later in the first quar­ter from start­ing quar­ter­back Dy­lan Faulkner. Cal­houn run­ning back Robert Warner also helped the team get on the board by punch­ing in a one­yard rush over the goal line for six.

“I thought our of­fense played re­ally well, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing Red Bud was re­ally suc­cess­ful at stop­ping our run­ning game,” Cal­houn head coach Eric Rigney said. “They forced us to throw more than we an­tic­i­pated, but Dy­lan and our re­ceivers made some great plays.”

Speer capped off his spec­tac­u­lar half by jump­ing over a cor­ner­back and snag­ging a 34-yard re­ceiv­ing touch­down as the time ex­pired in the sec­ond quar­ter to push the score to 27-0 head­ing into the break.

“Cole is just an un­be­liev­able ath­lete,” Rigney said. “He can run, block, catch and play great de­fense. At times he looks un­stop­pable out there, and he’s just an ex­cel­lent player all-around.”

Af­ter a quiet, score­less third quar­ter for both teams, Red Bud started to make some noise in the fi­nal quar­ter when run­ning back Zach Lyles pow­ered in a 24-yard rush­ing touch­down. The Phoenix also took ad­van­tage of good field po­si­tion af­ter Trevor Childers in­ter­cepted a pass. There was a fum­ble near the end zone, but for­tu­nately for Red Bud Nick Bed­ding­ton was there to scoop up the re­cov­ery.

Cal­houn was able to halt the rally with a 75-yard kick­off re­turn touch­down on the next pos­ses­sion by Christo­pher Lewis. Kaleb Ray also added a score to help the Jack­ets reach its fi­nal 42-point to­tal and cru­cial re­gion win.

“This is the type of win that brings your team to­gether,” Rigney said.

LARRY GREE­SON / For the Cal­houn Times

Cal­houn’s Christo­pher Lewis (4) looks to get around Red Bud’s Wes­ley Burgess dur­ing the first half of last Thurs­day’s game.

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