Gordon Central's Martavius Harris

Gordon Central’s Martavius Harris (6) scrambles for yardage during the first half on Friday vs. Chattooga. (Frank Crowe, For the Calhoun Times)

FRANK CROWE

It was a disappointing night for Gordon Central. The Warriors were seeking their first win of the season when they hosted the Chattooga Indians on Friday night. They will have to wait at least another week to accomplish that goal as the Indians defeated Gordon Central 40-0.

Chattooga running back E.J. Lackey was the standout player of the game. He rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries. The Indians’ offensive strategy of steadily wearing down the defense by pounding the rock certainly worked as Chattooga (1-4, 1-1) out-muscled the Warriors (0-5, 0-2).

Gordon Central head coach Cory Nix praised Chattooga’s performance and seeks for his team to play that same way.

“We’ve just got to get better and keep working hard,” said Nix. “We’ve got to come in here and continue to grind. I know we’re 0-5. We don’t feel like 0-5 at times, but tip the cap to Chattooga. They are a physical bunch. They came right after us, and that’s where I want (Gordon Central) to be as far as the weight room and physicality. I don’t want to be a finesse team. I want to go straight at people like they do, and they (Chattooga) did a good job tonight.”

The visitors made their presence felt early in the game. The Indians’ defense forced a three-and-out from the Gordon Central offense, and Chattooga quarterback C.J. Martin led a solid five-minute drive, which culminated in a three-yard touchdown run by Seth Oldfield. On the next Warriors drive, quarterback Martavius Harris threw a pass that was intercepted, and the Indians took over on their own 45-yard line.

Chattooga added another touchdown via a 22-yard scoring scamper by Martin. Then in the second quarter, Martin threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Johnson to make it 21-0 with 7:31 left in the first half. The Indians crossed the plane two more times before the halftime whistle sounded in the form of rushing touchdowns to make it 34-0. (Chattooga missed an extra point.)

The second half was not very eventful as Chattooga was happy to sit on their lead, and the Warriors could not seem to get anything going. The Indians scored once more in the game when Martin hit Devin Price in the end zone for a four-yard score. The resulting extra point was missed, and the score was then 40-0.

The Gordon Central offense could not get much of anything going in this game, mainly due to the stingy defense of Chattooga. The Warriors’ Harris had a rough night at the quarterback position, as he was running for his life the whole night. The Indians’ defense sacked Harris six times and pressured him many more, which led to interceptions. The run game could not get anything going as well.

While there may not be many positives to take away from this loss, the Warriors can keep their heads high knowing they never quit fighting. Also, this team is different from the Gordon Central teams of the past couple of years. No, the results have not shown it yet, but wins will come eventually. Nix has this program reenergized and trending in the right direction.

Gordon Central is on the road next Friday as they visit Dade County for another Region 7-AA matchup.