VARNELL — After a week off and then two fewer days of practice than normal earlier this week due to school being canceled because of Hurricane Irma, it would’ve been understandable if Calhoun came out of the gates a little rusty on Friday night at Coahulla Creek. They did the exact opposite, however.
The Jackets scored at an incredible pace, leading 35-0 after the first quarter and 56-0 at the half before coasting to a 62-6 win in the Region 6-AAA crossover matchup.
Calhoun coach Hal Lamb said his team came out and handled the game exactly like they needed to.
“I thought we came out and didn’t mess around and handled things the way we wanted to,” said Lamb. “We came out and took care of business. It feels good to have a game like this every once in a while where everything goes your way. The kids played well tonight and handled the situation the best way we could have.”
Calhoun (3-1) scored on five of six offensive possessions in the first half and added three interception returns for touchdowns to take complete control of the game before Coahulla Creek knew what happened.
The Jackets got two touchdown passes from Gavin Gray, both to Luke Moseley, of the 38 and 18-yard variety. Gray finished 2-for-3 with two touchdown passes in limited action.
On the ground, Calhoun had three different players reach the end zone. Zack Fuller scored on a 40-yard TD run, Jonkell Tolbert had an eight-yard touchdown scamper and Payton Morrow ran one in from six yards out. Fuller finished with 79 yards on four carries to lead the rushing totals, and Morrow finished with 40 yards on three carries.
Three Calhoun defenders got the rare opportunity to get into the end zone as Morrow, James Prater and Aaron Hayes all recorded pick-sixes in the first half. Morrow returned his 41 yards, Prater snagged his pick with one hand and ran it back in from 18 yards out and Hayes played center field at safety and caught the errant pass before running it back 42 yards. The Jackets added their fourth interception of the night in the third quarter when Carson Speer dropped into coverage and picked off a pass on an attempted trick play by the Colts (0-4).
“I don’t remember us ever having that many interception returns for touchdowns in a game,” said Lamb. “But those guys did their job, reacted well to the play and went up and made the catch. That’s a big bonus for the defense whenever they get in the end zone.”
The second half went by quickly with a running clock due to the 56-point lead coming out of the locker room. Coahulla Creek put together their best drive of the night on their final possession of the game and finally punched in a score with 16.2 seconds left in the game on a two-yard touchdown run by Michael King. King was the Colts’ leading rusher on the night with 30 yards on five carries.
Calhoun dealt one more blow, however, as Cedric Lacey took the ensuing kickoff and sprinted 84 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game. Lamb said it is always good to get the younger kids in the game.
“The only negative is we can’t dress all our freshmen because we don’t have enough jerseys,” said Lamb. “But everyone that dressed tonight got in the game. And we have to be careful too not playing the younger kids too much because they can only play in six quarters a week combined with JV. But we got everyone in and got them some varsity experience.”
The Jackets are back at home next Friday for another Region 6-AAA crossover matchup when they welcome North Murray to The Reeve.