(10/04/2008)

Bring on the Red Devils for homecoming night

Hurricane Randy Fluharty finds a hole
Photos courtesy of Patty Haught

By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

Two words: Randy Fluharty.

That's all you need know about Calhoun's 33-14 pounding of South Harrison Friday night at Mount Zion.

Two words: Randy Fluharty.

Fluharty, a junior running back, carried the ball 25 times for 324 yards and five touchdowns. His touchdown runs were 11, 35, 62, 64 and 75 yards. His three fourth quarter touchdowns totally flattened a decent Hawks team after it had battled back to knot the score at 14-14 at the end of three.

But then Hurricane Randy struck.

First he had a 64-yard run at the 10:39 score to break the tie and give Calhoun a 21-14 lead it never relinquished.

He followed that with his shortest scoring run of the night - 11 yards - to cap a short drive that put the Red Devils up by two touchdowns.

His final tally - a 35-yard run - was the dagger threw the heart of the South Harrison team sending the Red Devils to 4-2 on the season and reviving their playoff hopes. Calhoun should have a rating of 5.66 and place it anywhere between 9 and 12 in the next ratings to be issued by the WVSSAC.

The first three quarters of the game was a match of skills between Fluharty and South Harrison.

His first touchdown run - a 62-yard gallop - gave Calhoun a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Red Devils maintained that as a halftime score when it turned South Harrison away on a fourth-and-goal from the three yard line.

That defensive stand was one of the big turning points in the game as it never allowed South Harrison the opportunity to pull even in the first half or ahead when the Hawks got the two quick touchdowns in the late third and early fourth quarter.

Fluharty's second touchdown of the game made it 14-0 in the third before the Hawks scored. This touchdown was his longest of the night as he rambled 75 yards pulling away from the slower Hawks all the way down the field.

After that South Harrison, now 3-3, made a fight on things with a 10-yard scoring run by bullish back Vance Miller making it 14-7 before knotting things up on a four-yard run by Dillon Burnside.

Senior Nick Stevens intercepts ball

Red Devils celebrate in winners circle
Photos courtesy of Patty Haught

After that it was all Fluharty and all Calhoun defense

. The Red Devils defense was overshadowed a bit by the career game from Fluharty but it did an exemplary job holding South Harrison to 175 yards total offense while picking off a couple of passes although the Hawks did have 21 first downs to Calhoun's 12.

Overall Calhoun had 381 yards offense with much of it coming on long runs, which have a tendency to minimize the number of first downs a team gets.

One interesting part of the game was the conversion of Calhoun quarterback/kicker Zach Moore from the traditional straight-on kicking he had done the first five game on extra point attempts to the soccer style kicking he used Friday.

Moore was two of three with his two misses bounding off the upright. Two kicks into the goalpost in a game is a rather rare happening.

Calhoun will take a week off before playing host to arch rival Roane County on Oct. 17.

South Harrison will try to get back on the winning track this coming Friday when it is at home to Clarksburg Liberty.

CHS classes return for homecoming game


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