CLAY BLANKS CALHOUN - Red Devils' Roll Comes To End

(09/18/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

It's over. Calhoun's unbeaten run came to an end Saturday night in a hard fought, no-love-lost 14-0 setback at the hands of Clay County.

The game was very simple. Clay found a way to stop Calhoun and Calhoun didn't find a way to stop Clay, which it did, until it was too late.

Clay scored two first quarter touchdowns - both on passes from Jeremy Samples - and made that stand up as its defense did something no one else had been able to do - stop Calhoun.

The Panthers held Calhoun to two first downs and 167 yards total offense, most of which came on two passes.

The Red Devils' running game was limited to 59 yards. Justin Price, who was averaging more than 170 yards and five touchdowns a game had 39 yards on 13 carries.

Paul Goodrich, who had three straight 100-plus games, had 19 yards.

Most of Calhoun's yards came on a 36 yard pass from Mike Batten to Jake Perkins and a 62 yard pass to Jason Cunningham.

Calhoun suffered five turnovers, the same as Clay, and was hindered once again by fouls with 10 (including seven encroachment penalties) for 65 yards.

Clay, however, was even worse with 13 penalties for 110 yards including two personal fouls and a player ejection.

Clay scored its first touchdown on a 14 yard pass from Jeremy Samples to Chris Daniels. The score capped a drive that had appeared to have been stopped. However on a third-and-long Daniels got free to nab a 40 yard pass taking the ball deep into Calhoun territory.

Clay's next touchdown came on a 41 yard strike from Jeremy Samples to Jacob Samples making it 14-0.

Following those two scores the Red Devils made some defensive adjustments that stopped Clay the rest of the way, but by that time it was too late.

The game can be heard on a taped broadcast Monday at 7 p.m. on WVRC-FM.

Calhoun, now 3-1, returns to action Friday night at home against Williamstown.

MORE ON THIS GAME TO FOLLOW


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