CALHOUN SEEKS REVENGE - Doddridge Coming To Town Friday

(09/09/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

As Tennessee Ernie Ford used to say "the good lord willing and the creek don't rise .... we're going to play football Friday night."

Actually he didn't say anything about playing football but it seems germane to the situation since Calhoun is scheduled to play Doddridge County in the season-opening home game Friday night and it has been raining cats and dogs the last couple of days.

Up front let's make one thing perfectly clear - Calhoun should win. OK?

But Calhoun should have won last year but it didn't. It fumbled seven times and played its worst game of the season in a 21-20 loss at West Union.

That started a season-long downward spiral for the Red Devils and at the same time gave the Bulldogs the impetus to go on to the state Class A playoffs.

So the Red Devils are out for vengeance, or should be.

And they should win. They should have won last year and this year's 2-0 Calhoun team is better than last year's Calhoun team while Doddridge isn't nearly as good as last year.

But footballs are pointed and they take funny bounces and the field should be as slick as grease and that could even things up since those kind of things have a propensity to help the underdog.

Also is the Red Devils' penchant for fouls, especially encroachment calls. Eventually that catches up even with the best teams.

Thus far this season Calhoun's offense has been awesome.

True Gilmer and Ritchie do not have great defenses, but when the Red Devils' offensive game was clicking, and it was clicking most of the time, it was good enough to put points on the board.

Justin Price is the leader of the pack and one of the top backs - statistically at least - in the state with 344 yards rushing and nine touchdowns through the first two games.

The quick senior, however, has plenty of help coming from bullish fullback Paul Goodrich and speedy quarterback Mike Batten.

A young offensive line - the Red Devils start two freshmen - has come together quickly and has been opening a lot of holes for those backs to run through.

Lost in all the hoopla about the offense, which is averaging 58 points a game, is the fact the defense is pretty good also.

Calhoun has allowed 41 points in its first two games - some of that coming against the reserves - and has been good about stopping the other team when it counted.

After Friday's game the Red Devils get into the meat of the schedule with heavy hitters such as Clay, Williamstown, Wahama and Roane coming up.


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