Brandon Reed makes two of the games TDs against Clay
Tyler Bennett rushes over the line for a TD
Middle School on road to championship game
There's a Clay player under this Devil pile
By Roger Propst
Calhoun Middle School played itself into the conference championship last Thursday, crushing Clay Middle 28-0 in a must win game.
The championship game is Saturday at 1 p.m. with Braxton Middle, played on home turf at Mt. Zion. The game is expected to draw a large regional crowd.
The Red Devils finished the season with a 7-1 record, losing a non-conference tilt to the White Tigers of Wirt Middle School.
The Red Devils lost a heart breaker to Braxton Middle in the championship game last year, and are looking to claim their first ever CWVAC Championship title.
A large number of fans looked on last Thursday as the Red Devils opened with a quick lead on a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zach Moore to tight end Jacob Haught, who caught the ball mid[field, fought off a tackle and sprinted down the right sideline for the score - 6-0 Calhoun lead at the 2:55 mark of the 1st quarter. The two-point conversion failed.
Unfortunately, on the next series, Haught suffered a leg injury and was unable to play the rest of the game. He was taken for medical attention after the game.
The Calhoun defense continued to stymie Clay, and the Red Devil running game began to take over with Brandon Reed taking the ball from 16 yards out at the 3:17 mark of the 2nd quarter.
Reed carried again for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead that would hold the first half.
Clay County began moving the ball in the 3rd quarter, but a potential scoring drive was snuffed out by an interception by Zach Moore at the Red Devil's 37-yard-line.
The Devils were unable to move the ball and were forced to punt, buy the Clay return man muffed the ball and Calhoun's Taylor Welch recovered at the 37-yard-line.
One play later, Brandon Reed took the pitch and sprinted for 37 of his game high 131 yards and Calhoun's third touchdown of the game. The conversion was no good and the Red Devil's led 20-0 in the 4th quarter at 5:18.
Clay could not move the ball on its next possession with Calhoun taking over on downs at the Clay 32 yard line.
Coach Moore sent in his reserves at this point and they responded by moving the ball into the end zone, the final 21 yards by tailback Tyler Bennett on carries of 17 and four yards. Bennett's run for the extra points was successful and the final score, Calhoun 28-Clay 0.
The Middle School Boosters are encouraging Calhoun residents to attend Saturdays CWVAC Championship game hosted by Calhoun, the first since joining the conference in 2000.
Calhoun won its division over Walton, Clay and Spencer Middle. Braxton Middle finished at the top of their division, defeating Richwood, Glade and Webster Middle.
Calhoun defeated Braxton in a regular season game coming from behind for a 34-22 victory at Flatwoods earlier in the season.