It wasn’t the high-scoring offensive show Calhoun fans have come to expect.
It was the defense, rather, that stepped up and stole the show at the Jackets’ Black vs. White Spring Game on Monday afternoon as the game ended in a 6-6 tie.
Calhoun coach Hal Lamb said the game played out according to plan.
“This time of year, your defense is always ahead of the offense,” said Lamb. “With the teams split up pretty evenly, I thought it went as expected. I saw some good things and some bad things. What I liked the most is that I saw some great effort. We can coach effort. If they’re not giving great effort, then we have problems.
“We’ve got the makings of a great football team if they continue working toward our goal, and that’s to win a state championship.”
The Black team got on the board first with a nine-yard touchdown run by Jireh Wilson on a drive that was set up by a Chandler Curtis interception on the White team’s first possession.
The other score didn’t come until late in the scrimmage when Ethan Woodard caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Matt McHan to tie it at 6-6. (No points after touchdown, kicks or punts were attempted in the game.)
Zach Ruth had an interception in the game for the White team.
The scrimmage came to an end soon after that when offensive lineman Marcos Ambrocio suffered an ankle injury. Lamb and the other coaches decided that was a good time to wrap things up to avoid anything else like that happening.
Lamb said overall he saw what he needed to see in the spring game.
“I liked the competition,” said Lamb. “I thought they got after each other pretty good.
“We don’t have as much offense in as we would like to have in, but defensively, we didn’t let them blitz a whole lot either so it was pretty generic out here. We were looking for effort and contact, and I thought we did a good job in that area.”
One of the big questions coming into the spring was at the quarterback position after losing two-year starter Taylor Lamb to graduation. Fields Chapman and Kaelen Riley each took snaps with the first offensive groups on both sides during the scrimmage, and Mitch Morrow and McHan also saw time at quarterback.
“Well, we have some work to do in that area, but it wasn’t bad,” said Lamb. “With Fields, Kaelen, Mitch and Matt, we have four solid quarterbacks. Those four guys give us great depth at that position.
“We’re looking forward to the battle in the fall, but right now it’s Fields’ job to lose.”
Lamb said the team came into the spring looking to achieve several goals, including developing some chemistry and leadership, and now that drills have come to an end, he said he feels pretty good about where the team is.
“I like the leadership we’re showing as a senior class,” said Lamb. “They are coming on with their role on this football team which is to be leaders, and I liked what I saw from them toward the end of spring.”
Now the Jackets turn their attention to their summer program, which begins the first week in June, before starting fall practice in August. Lamb said he expects the summer to go as well as it has the last several years for Calhoun.
“I think summer is very important for this team and every football team,” said Lamb. “It’s real big for us starting June 3. Summer workouts are very important. We’ve had great participation in the past, and I don’t expect this year to be any different.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do this summer, but we’re excited about the 2013 season.”
The Jackets get their first on-field action on Aug. 16 when they host Rome High for a preseason scrimmage at 7:30 p.m.