CAL­HOUN

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS -

Com­ing into Fri­day’s game, Cal­houn head coach Hal Lamb said he was un­sure of how his team was go­ing to come out against the up­set-minded War­riors.

“I didn’t know if we were men­tally ready or not,” he said, es­pe­cially af­ter fac­ing one of the best run­ning backs in the state the week be­fore in Har­al­son County’s Trey­lon Shep­pard. “But we were and we came out and took care of busi­ness and ex­e­cuted on both sides of the ball.”

The Yel­low Jack­ets scored on each of their first four of­fen­sive pos­ses­sions.

Af­ter the Cal­houn de­fense forced LFO to punt, Zack Fuller ran it in from 15 yards out to open the scor­ing just un­der three min­utes into the game.

The War­riors (7-3) were forced to punt on each of their next two pos­ses­sions af­ter drives stalled and Cal­houn (10-0) jumped on each op­por­tu­nity with a score. Fuller scored again on a 15- yard run with 4: 24 left in the first quar­ter, fol­lowed by David Braden snag­ging a Gavin Gray ball in the end­zone to make the score 21- 0 just over two min­utes into the sec­ond quar­ter.

On the next se­ries for LFO, Collin Baggett chased down LFO quar­ter­back Malachi Pow­ell off the end and forced a fum­ble, which the Jack­ets re­cov­ered. On the third drive of the

en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, Jonkell Tol­bert ran it in from four yards out, giv­ing his team the 28-0 lead.

The fum­ble trou­bles con­tin­ued for LFO on its next drive as pres­sure on the quar­ter­back put the ball on the turf. The ball was sent rolling back­ward when an LFO player tried to dive on the ball but missed. Cal­houn play­ers scram­bled for the ball, with one briefly pick­ing it up be­fore fum­bling him­self. Fi­nally, Car­son Grif­fin was able to grab it and run it in for the score with 6:41 left in the first half.

The Jack­ets would go on to score once more be­fore half­time, when Gray hit Brannon Spec­tor on a 25- yard touch­down pass with 15.5 sec­onds re­main­ing.

The sec­ond half saw sub­sti­tutes get some play­ing time. Early in the fourth quar­ter, backup quar­ter­back Jake Mor­row threw a 10-yard score to Grant Gilmer to ac­count for the fi­nal points of the night.

The War­riors only made it into Cal­houn ter­ri­tory a hand­ful of times and were never able to sus­tain any drives due to costly penal­ties and a sti­fling Jacket de­fen­sive front.

As a team, LFO was held to just 33 yards rush­ing and 15 yards through the air. In­di­vid­ual sta­tis­tics were un­avail­able as of press time.

Cal­houn will host Fan­nin County ( 4- 6) in the first round of the play­offs, while LFO will en­ter­tain North Hall (8-2) in the War­riors’ first home play­off ap­pear­ance since 2004. Spencer Lahr of the Cal­houn Times

con­trib­uted to this story.

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