Jack­ets start fast af­ter de­lay, run past ri­val Phoenix

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Alex Far­rer

The weather might’ve de­layed the start of Fri­day night’s Cal­hounSono­rav­ille matchup at Phil Reeve Sta­dium, but there wasn’t any stop­ping the Yel­low Jack­ets once the game fi­nally did kick off.

The Jack­ets racked up three TDs in the first quar­ter, added a touch­down and a field goal in the sec­ond half and saw their de­fense com­pletely shut down their ri­val Sono­rav­ille’s of­fense to build a big early lead and coast to a 38-0 home vic­tory to open the Re­gion 6-AAA slate.

Cal­houn (3-0, 1-0 in 6-AAA) built a 31-0 lead at the half and then added one more touch­down in the third quar­ter for the fi­nal push as the Jack­ets rolled to the vic­tory and im­proved to 11-0 all-time against the ri­val Phoenix (1-2, 0-1 in 6-AAA). Cal­houn coach Hal Lamb said his team han­dled the dif­fer­ent rou­tine be­cause of the de­lay well and was led to the win by their de­fense once again.

“The weather kind of threw every­thing off-kil­ter, but our kids han­dled it well and took con­trol from the start of the game,” said Lamb. “Our de­fense played re­ally well again, and our of­fense did some good things although I thought we still could’ve played bet­ter. Our of­fen­sive line played well and pushed them off the ball, and Zack Fuller ran it well again. He’s a war­rior and has a nose for the goal line.

Fuller fin­ished with 103 yards on 15 car­ries and three touch­downs and also added one catch for 21 yards in three quar­ters of work, and quar­ter­back Gavin Gray had 200 yards passing on 14- of- 26 throws with two touch­downs. Luke Mose­ley had two catches for 68 yards and a touch­down, and Bralin Bar­ton had three catches for 48 yards and a touch­down.

The game was pushed back due to in­clement weather that caused a 40-plus minute de­lay. The kick­off came around 8:15 p.m., and Cal­houn was in the end zone not too much later af­ter de­fen­sive back Aaron Hayes picked off a Sono­rav­ille pass on the first play from scrim­mage, and Fuller ran in one of his two firstquar­ter touch­downs from 11 yards out to make it 7-0 early in the first quar­ter.

Hayes once again picked off a pass and re­turned it deep into Sono­rav­ille ter­ri­tory on the next pos­ses­sion, and Fuller once again punc­tu­ated the se­quence with a TD run, this time from two yards out to make it 14-0.

Cal­houn went up 21-0 late in the first quar­ter fol­low­ing a few changes of pos­ses­sion as Gray con­nected with Mose­ley for a 53-yard touch­down pass that was tipped in the air by a Sono­rav­ille de­fen­sive back, hauled in by Mose­ley and taken into the end zone.

Gray added his sec­ond touch­down pass of the first half with a lit­tle more than three min­utes to play in the sec­ond quar­ter as he com­pleted a short throw to Bar­ton, who did the rest of the work weav­ing in and out of de­fend­ers for a 22-yard TD con­nec­tion.

The Jack­ets added late points in the sec­ond quar­ter as Ed­uardo Fa­jardo booted through a 26-yard field goal as time ex­pired in the half to make it 31-0. Fa­jardo also con­verted 5-of-5 ex­tra points in the game.

The lone score in the sec­ond half came in the fi­nal minute of the third quar­ter as Fuller ran one in from four yards out.

One of the few bright spots in the first half for Sono­rav­ille ( 1- 2, 0-1 in 6-AAA) came on a fum­ble re­cov­ery by Ma­son Mo­raitakis that was forced by Colton Richards on a sack. Of­fen­sively, there wasn’t much pro­duc­tion to go around thanks to Cal­houn’s suf­fo­cat­ing de­fense as the Phoenix were held to just 53 to­tal yards.

Along with Hayes’ two in­ter­cep­tions, Cal­houn’s Pay­ton Mor­row gave his of­fense a short field as he par­tially blocked a Sono­rav­ille punt mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter.

Cal­houn is on the road next week as they look to move to 2-0 in 6-AAA when they visit North Murray; Sono­rav­ille will be off next week be­fore they take a trip to Murray County on Sept. 21.

Pho­tos by TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn Times

( ABOVE) Cal­houn’s Luke Mose­ley (5) keeps his eye on the ball af­ter a de­flec­tion by Sono­rav­ille’s Bray­den Causby be­fore Mose­ley hauled it in for a TD catch. ( BE­LOW) Cal­houn’s Zack Fuller (24) flips into the end zone for one of his 3 TDs.

TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn Times

Cal­houn’s Aaron Hayes (left) leaps for an in­ter­cep­tion in the first quar­ter over Sono­rav­ille’s Blade Bryant.

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