By Gaylen Duskey|
Calhoun's crushing 75-18 victory over Gilmer County brings up a few
questions as the Red Devils prepare for tonight's game (at 7:30) at Ritchie.
For instance, is Calhoun really that good? Is Gilmer really that bad? Is
Ritchie (a 31-10 loser to St. Marys last Friday) really as bad as the 50-0
loser it was to Calhoun last year?
The answers (1) probably not; (2) maybe and (3) probably not.
Calhoun will probably not run up 75 on Ritchie County or anyone else this
That is not to say the Red Devils shouldn't have a potent attack
(especially the running game) and a pretty decent defense.
But the 75 against Gilmer came on a bizarre set of football circumstances
which all went Calhoun's way.
First of all the Red Devils small and inexperienced offensive line was able
to push Gilmer's defense off the line of scrimmage.
Secondly the Titans'
linebacking corps did not tackle well. Thirdly Calhoun has a lot more speed
than Gilmer and when a Red Devil runner got a step on the Titan defender he
was gone as witnessed by the large number of long touchdown runs. And,
finally when Calhoun got up by enough points that Gilmer saw it wasn't going
to win some of the players seemed to turn their attention towards Pocahontas
County (Gilmer's next opponent).
So the football gods all conspired to make last Friday's game a 75-18
But what about Ritchie? Are the Red Devils going to destroy them as they did
To think so would be to believe that all the bizarre circumstances that game
together last Friday night would come together again. It could happen, but
it certainly is not likely.
Still Calhoun has outscored Ritchie 128-13 the last three seasons.
This year Calhoun has unleashed an awesome running game led by senior Justin
Price who had three touchdowns and 177 yards rushing in three quarters of
play at Gilmer.
And Paul Goodrich in his first start as a running back hit
the century mark with 103 yards against the Titans.
Add to that the effectiveness of Mike Batten both running and running the
veer and the running game is capable of making problems.
Oh, yes, Batten has shown the ability to throw the ball two with a pair of
touchdown passes - to Tyler Shartiger and Chad Conley - in the season
Tonight the Red Devils should get a better test than they did in the opener.
The following week they travel to Doddridge, a team that made the playoffs
last year, for an even tougher test.
Then reality sets in with games against
Clay, Williamstown, Wahama and Roane. Should the Red Devils roll through
those games then scratch the part about them "probably not" being as good as
they looked in the 75-18 win at Gilmer County .