Calhoun's Gavin Gray

Calhoun quarterback Gavin Gray (11) makes a throw behind his offensive line during a game earlier this season. (File-Tim Godbee, For the Calhoun Times)

Tim Godbee, Photographer

The Calhoun Yellow Jackets will certainly be well rested this Friday when they head on the road to play Coahulla Creek in a Region 6-AAA crossover matchup at 7:30 p.m.

Calhoun (2-1) was idle last Friday and due to weather canceling school on Monday and Tuesday, they were unable to practice those two days. Calhoun coach Hal Lamb said the off week came at a good time for his team after the loss to Cartersville, and they got everything accomplished that they wanted to.

“We definitely needed a week off after the Cartersville game,” said Lamb. “We went back to the basics and worked extremely hard on fundamentals. It was a very good week for us.”

The Jackets got a few days of work in at practice during the middle of last week before Lamb said they gave the players Friday off. Then, with the weather effects of Irma coming through early this week, the team got an unscheduled two days off due to school being canceled. Lamb added that it is always a concern when the normal routine gets changed, but they would deal with it as well as they could.

“Being out of school and not practicing can be very tough on the kids because they are used to a routine, but dealing with Hurricane Irma is a lot more important than us practicing,” said Lamb. “Hopefully not being able to practice will not affect us much, but I am a little concerned because we gave them off Friday as well.”

The Jackets started the season strong with non-region home wins over Douglass (Atlanta) and Dalton, but they ran into a juggernaut a few weeks back when they traveled to Cartersville and came out on the wrong end of a 58-6 score.

Calhoun now moves into Region 6-AAA play with a date at Coahulla Creek (0-3) in a region crossover matchup that could play a role in tiebreakers later in the season should they need them after subregion play is over.

The Jackets have completely dominated the series against Coahulla Creek, winning all three matchups and outscoring the Colts a combined 179-19. Even with the lack of success Coahulla Creek has experienced the last few years and through the first few weeks in 2017, Lamb said his team needs to be ready for an improved program under new leadership.

“Coahulla Creek is a much-improved football team,” said Lamb. “They have a new staff and are doing some good things. They are a very young team that is playing very hard.”

A few of the leaders so far on each side of the ball for Calhoun have been quarterback Gavin Gray on offense and Thomas Lester on defense. Through three games, Gray has thrown for 560 yards and three TDs while Lester has 30 total tackles, two tackles-for-loss, five sacks and one fumble recovery.

Lamb said the keys on Friday just come down to his team playing true to their identity and handling their business the way they know how.

“We need to do what we do and get back to playing smart, physical football,” said Lamb.