By Gaylen Duskey
When you are playing the number two team in the state you have problems.
When you have to play that team without your starting fullback and the
leading rusher in your conference you have even bigger problems.
And, when you lose the player that is backing up your starting fullback on
the first series of the contest and you have to put in a 135-pound
freshman ... well, that's big, big problems.
Not that having starting fullback Caleb Hart or his backup (Eddie Burrows)
for the whole game would have changed the winners and losers, it still could
have been closer than the 41-13 whipping Williamstown laid on Calhoun Friday
The second-ranked and unbeaten Class A Yellowjackets scored early and often
en route to handing Calhoun its first loss of the season.
Williamstown had six different players score touchdowns before Calhoun got
on the board in the fourth quarter.
The Yellowjackets scored the first time they got the ball when Brandon
Roberts hit 6-6 tight end Ross Elder from five yards out. The scoring pass
was set up by a 71-yard run by Greg Davis.
The Jackets made it 14-0 minutes later when Ben Powers rambled 50 yards with
a punt return making it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
That was quickly followed by Davis' five-yard scoring run early in the
second quarter to make it 21-0.
The Jackets made it 28-0 about five minutes later when Roberts hit Ryan
Flowers from seven yards out.
Then, 45 seconds later, the Jackets scored again when tackle Bernie Buttrey
lined up at fullback and rambled into the end zone from four yards out.
That made it 35-0, which was the score at the half despite Calhoun giving
the ball up on downs deep in its own territory with less than a minute
remaining. The Jackets decided to take a knee and let the clock expire
rather than trying to punch another score in before the halftime break.
After Calhoun held Williamstown scoreless in the third quarter The Jackets
completed their scoring early in the fourth period when Roberts got in from
a yard out. Williamstown's outstanding kicker Russell Palm missed the extra
point making it 41-0. It was just about the only mistake Williamstown made
up until that point.
Calhoun finally got untracked late in the fourth quarter and scored on Jeff
Goodrich's five yard run to make it 41-6.
The Red Devils scored again when Matt Houchin hit Zack Moore with an 11-yard
scoring pass. Nick Whytsell added the extra point.
With the win Williamstown moves to 5-0.
Calhoun, now 4-1, will probably be 12th or 13th in this week's WVSSAC
The Red Devils will try to rebound from their first loss of the season when
South Harrison (3-2) comes to Mount Zion for homecoming.