(09/03/2005)

Devils roar onto field for a big win last night

By Gaylen Duskey

realfang@citlink.net

You had to look for statistics to make Calhoun's 65-0 romp over Ritchie County interesting because some of the statistic were interesting.

For instance Calhoun scored in the first 14 seconds of the game against Ritchie.

Against Gilmer it took the 15 seconds to score. But the interesting part of that statistic is that the Red Devils scored on the first offensive play - an 80-yard Matt Houchin to Tyler Shartiger bomb - while they scored on the kickoff against Gilmer.

The game had some fascinating stats, says Duskey

Ritchie's long losing streak continues

Tyler Schartiger goes for long run for first TD of game

How did the Red Devils have a kickoff and one play take less time that just a kickoff? Interesting.

Freshman running back Roman Rader rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries for the Red Devils.

What makes that interesting is that he didn't come into the game until the third quarter. Overall three running backs - Rader and seniors Paul Goodrich and Chad Conley - rushed for more than 100 yards. Conley led the way with 128 on nine carries while Goodrich had 125 on the same number.

At one point in the first half Calhoun had 35 points and had only run four offensive plays.

Along with the aforementioned 80-yard Shartiger touchdown the Red Devils had touchdowns by Conley (10-yard run), Jason Cunningham (85-yard pass interception), Goodrich (a fumble recovery in end zone) and Steven Cunningham on a 10-yard pass play.

Calhoun's offense scored on two of its first three plays. Conley scored his second touchdown with 4:01 remaining in the first half, making the score 42-0.

When he scored his third touchdown at the 9:25 mark of the third quarter making it 49-0 the first unit was pulled from the game.

Calhoun's reserves played more than a mop-up role as they added 16 more points.

Eddie Burrows, who also had a good night with 50 yards rushing, scored on a seven-yard run midway through the fourth quarter and Rader added another score on a 14-yard run with 1:42 remaining.

Red Devils attentive as coaches look on

Red Devil band prepares for half-time show

Fans enjoy warm football evening at Mt. Zion

Both times Calhoun went for two and succeeded since the Red Devils don't have a place kicker on the reserve unit.

Sullivan, the Red Devils regular place kicker, bombed home all seven extra points he tried.

The Red Devils also added three "knees" to the stats column as reserve quarterback Caleb Ball took three straight knees at the end of the game to run out the clock.

Overall Calhoun had 414 yards rushing and 106 passing for 520 yards total offense to go along with 20 first downs. Ritchie County had 78 yards total offense and four first downs.

The final statistic, and probably the most important, is with the win Calhoun improved to 2-0 on the season. And the Red Devils have not surrendered a point. With the loss Ritchie drops to 0-2 on the season. And the Rebels have not scored a point. Perfect, both ways.

Calhoun travels to Doddridge County this coming Friday night.


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