(11/04/2006)
By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

The only thing colder than the temperature in St. Marys Friday night was Calhoun's offense for most of the game.

The result?

Calhoun fell to St. Marys 30-7 and in the process probably fell out of the playoff picture.

Unofficially Calhoun ended the season with 57 points for a 5.7 average. That would make the Red Devils finish below the top 16 teams and only the top 16 get to play in the post season.

Despite the sputtering on offense, the Red Devils did keep things close and at times appeared to be on the verge of battling back into the contest against the eighth-ranked Blue Devils. But Calhoun never quite got over the hump.

St. Marys got on the board late in the first quarter when Shawn Robinson broke free and scored from 27 yards out. This was after Calhoun had moved the ball offensively and had kept the Blue Devils' offense in check for most of the quarter.

The wheels began coming off the wagon in the second quarter when a couple of long-distance plays put the Blue Devils in close where Robinson was able to score again on a two-yard run. That made it 14-0.

The Blue Devils pulled ahead by three scores moments later when Logan Bennett bulled his way into the end zone from three yards out making it 21-0 at the half.

In the first half Calhoun had zero yards rushing on 16 attempts and 40 yards passing, thirty coming on the opening play of the game when halfback Jeff Goodrich hit freshman wide receiver Zach Moore.

Moore almost broke free but was pulled down inside the St. Marys' 30. But the Red Devils failed to convert that opportunity into points.

In the second half the Calhoun defense was once again strong but it allowed Zac Anderson to score on a five-yard run for a 28-0 lead.

St. Marys got one more score - this one on a safety - when the Calhoun snap sailed about 10 feet over Matt Houchin's head while he was back in the "shotgun" position.

Houchin recovered the ball but was tackled in the end zone. His recovery kept St. Marys from falling on it for a touchdown, however, and the Red Devils kept the Blue Devils from scoring following the free kick from Calhoun's 20.

Following that Calhoun was finally able to score with less than a minute remaining when Eddie Burrows, who led the Red Devils in rushing with 32 yards on 10 carries, scored from five yards out.

Moore was the leading pass receiver for the Red Devils with 81 yards on eight catches.

With the loss Calhoun ends the regular season with a 6-4 record. St. Marys ends the regular season at 9-1.


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