By Gaylen Duskey, Sports Editor|
SPENCER – Close only counts, an old axiom says, in horseshoes, hand grenades and drive-in theaters.
Friday night Calhoun County’s football team learned just how right that axiom is.
Calhoun was close to scoring several times. It didn’t. As a result Roane County, the 10th-ranked team in Class AA, came
away with a 21-0 victory over the Red Devils.
Calhoun got as close to scoring on at least five occasions. The Red Devils got to the one, three, eight, 13 and 18 yard line
came up empty.
Roane, on the other hand, made the most of its scoring opportunities by getting three touchdowns. The lone Raider failure
came in the closing seconds of the game when it drove deep into Red Devil territory only to run out of time.
The Raiders had two touchdowns from Jason Alvis and one by Corey Burgess.
Burgess got the Raiders first touchdown – and, as it turned out, the only one they would need – when he scored from three
yards out at the 5:28 mark of the first period to cap a long drive.
The Raiders scored the next time it got the ball with Alvis going in from 31 yards away.
Alvis added a 10-yard run to cap the scoring in the first half.
Calhoun got as close to the end zone as it would get in the game when it rammed the ball down the throat of the Raiders all
way to the one. But a fumble there ended the drive.
But that drive seemed to change the complexion of the game from there on out as Calhoun was the team moving the ball
Those drives took the Red Devils to the three, eight, 13 and 18 … all to no avail.
The loss drops Calhoun to 4-4 on the season while Roane County moves to 6-2 with the win.
Roane County plays Oak Hill next Friday night while Calhoun is home – its last home game of the year – to Ravenswood,
which is coached by former Calhoun All-State player Dick Sturms.
Friday’s Red Devils-Red Devils (Ravenswood is the Red Devils too) will be carried on WVRC-FM in Spencer on a tape