Jack­ets face road test at North Murray

Cal­houn looks to con­tinue strong start to re­gion play

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Alex Far­rer

The Cal­houn Yel­low Jack­ets got their pur­suit of a state-record 18th straight re­gion ti­tle off to a fly­ing start last Fri­day, but they will face a dif­fer­ent kind of chal­lenge this week as they head on the road into an­other team’s house that would like noth­ing more than to play spoiler.

The Jack­ets take their show on the road to Chatsworth to square off with North Murray at 7:30 p.m. as both teams are look­ing to im­prove to 2-0 in 6-AAA.

Cal­houn (3-0, 1-0 in 6-AAA) opened re­gion play last Fri­day with a dominant 38-0 vic­tory over ri­val Sono­rav­ille in a game which they con­trolled from start to fin­ish. They got in­ter­cep­tions on Sono­rav­ille’s first two drives both from Aaron Hayes, an all-around dominant de­fen­sive per­for­mance as they held the Phoenix to just 53 total yards, a 100-yard, three­touch­down game from run­ning back Zack Fuller and an ef­fi­cient 200-yard, two-TD per­for­mance from quar­ter­back Gavin Gray. Cal­houn coach Hal Lamb said it was good night for his team to start the re­gion sched­ule.

“I thought we came out and played solid in the be­gin­ning of the game and got off to a fast start,” said Lamb. “We re­ally took con­trol in the first quar­ter and took Sono­rav­ille out of the game. When your de­fense gives up neg­a­tive rush­ing yards total in the first half, you feel pretty good about your chances. I was re­ally pleased with our de­fense. I thought our of­fense could’ve been a lit­tle more crisp and played bet­ter, but over­all, it was a great team win.”

The Moun­taineers ( 2- 1, 1- 0 in 6-AAA) are also com­ing off a re­gion-open­ing win as they took down Ring­gold on the road last Fri­day, 14-7. They are led by senior quar­ter­back Pre­ston Poag, Jr., line­man Luke Grif­fin who is be­ing re­cruited by sev­eral big-time col­lege pro­grams and a strong de­fense that has given up seven points apiece in their last two games against Ring­gold and Model. Lamb said he ex­pects a con­fi­dent and mo­ti­vated team across the field on Fri­day.

“They got a big win last week against Ring­gold so they are go­ing to come into this game on cloud nine,” said Lamb. “They are a re­ally good team with a re­ally good quar­ter­back that can hurt you throw­ing and run­ning. They also have a big of­fen­sive line­man that has got­ten a lot of at­ten­tion.

“They are a re­ally solid team. Go­ing up there, it’s go­ing to be a great at­mos­phere in a great sta­dium. Our kids know what to ex­pect on the road so we just have to do every­thing we can to give our­selves the best chance to have suc­cess.”

Cal­houn played with­out start­ing safety and re­ceiver Bran­non Spec­tor last Fri­day who missed the win over Sono­rav­ille with a mi­nor in­jury. Lamb said he ex­pected the Clem­son com­mit to be back in the lineup this week.

The Jack­ets have owned the short all- time se­ries against North Murray, win­ning all six meet­ings, in­clud­ing a 40-13 home win last year at The Reeve. See 2C

TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn TImes

Cal­houn quar­ter­back Gavin Gray (right) rolls out to look for an open re­ceiver be­hind the blocks of his of­fen­sive line dur­ing a game ear­lier this sea­son.

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