WEATHER PERMITTING:CALHOUN PLAYS GILMER - Red Devils Up Against #1

(01/30/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

If the snow abates and the roads are cleared Calhoun County coach Tim Davis will find out tonight if Steve Shuff really “lettered” for the Red Devils or not.

“He’s got in enough quarters to letter,” Davis quipped after mentioning Shuff, the Gilmer County coach, had been in the crowd scouting the Red Devils during their win over Webster County Wednesday night. “He’s seen us play a lot. If he’s got us figured out I hope he’ll tell me after the game because I haven’t got us figured out yet.”

Actually the Red Devils, while being inconsistent at times, have played well enough to win eight of its 11 games. While the season-opening loss to Roane County is something of a fluke the other two losses – to Charleston Catholic and Gilmer County – are to the top two teams in Class A.

Calhoun gets a rematch with top-ranked Gilmer County tonight. It is a game where Davis is hoping for the best.

“We’re going to have to play our best and they’re going to have to be off a bit,” Davis said. “This is a very good Gilmer team.”

The Titans won the first game last week by coming from behind in the fourth quarter to pull away at the end.

In that game Calhoun got scoring from Marcus Davis and Jake Perkins while the Titans pretty well put a lid on the rest of the Red Devils.

Since that time Zach Houchin and Tristan Harris have stepped forward in the scoring brigade. Houchin in particular had two spectacular games, getting 23 against Clay and 18 against Braxton. Harris seemed to regain his scoring touch Wednesday night when he had a dozen against the Highlanders.

Marcus Davis leads the Red Devils with an average of about 27 points a game while Jake Perkins is the leading rebounder with an average of about 15 per game.

They will start along with Houchin and Harris and Mike Batten, if he has shaken off the flu that sidelined him for the last two games. If he is unable to go Derek Roberts will probably get the starting nod.

Tonight’s game will get under way following the junior varsity game. Parking at the school is limited so an early arrival may be a good idea.


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