On paper, Friday’s matchup between Calhoun and Murray County is one of the biggest mismatches in the state.
But Jackets coach Hal Lamb isn’t interested in any of that. He said his team has to continue to play consistently no matter who the team is on the other sideline and can take no one lightly.
Calhoun is coming off a 45-0 win at Pepperell last Friday, and Lamb said he wants to continue seeing his team play well in all aspects of the game.
“That was a much better total game for us,” said Lamb of the win over the Dragons. “We played well on both sides of the ball, and it was a much better complete performance, especially on the offensive side of the ball.”
The Jackets (5-1, 3-0) enter the game with everything pointing toward positive, while Murray County (1-5, 0-3) has had their share of problems not only this season, but for the past several seasons. The Indians have won just eight games over the past eight seasons and are on their fifth different head coach in that time frame with Chad Brewer in his first year at the helm in 2013.
Lamb said his team is going to head into Friday’s road game not focusing as on Murray County’s struggles, but rather what his Jackets can do to improve.
“We’ve just got to go in there and do what we do,” said Lamb. “Murray is obviously struggling. I think (coach) Brewer has done a good job with his program this year trying to get things turned around.
“We’ve got to execute and be mentally into the game. We can’t go out there and be sloppy. We need to keep improving every week to be peaking come playoff time.”
In the win over Pepperell, the Jackets offense looked as crisp as they have all season with quarterback Fields Chapman leading the charge. The senior signal-caller passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-20 attempts in just one half of play.
Calhoun’s defense continued their outstanding play this season with their third shutout. (It’s really their fourth if you count the Dalton game in which the Catamounts only points came on a safety.) Tristan Fuller had a big game on that side of the ball against the Dragons with a fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception return deep into Pepperell territory to go with five total tackles.
Lamb said he’s looking for his team to continue to go in the right direction with another solid performance on Friday.
“We need to continue to improve each game,” said Lamb. “We took a huge step since the off week, and we need to continue taking those steps.
“If we do what we do and play to our potential, we’re going to be fine on Friday.”
This game could get ugly, about as ugly as Calhoun wants it to be. It’s basically going to be a pick your score for the Jackets.
Murray County is simply overmatched in every phase of the game against a Jackets team that has aspirations of another state championship run while the Indians are just looking to get a second win this season.
Calhoun rolls on and takes one more step toward their 13th straight region title with a lopsided win.
Score: Calhoun wins, 49-0.