|By Gaylen Duskey |
Visiting Calhoun Middle School got a taste of its own medicine - long
distance touchdown runs - Thursday night and found it a bit of a bitter
thing to swallow as unbeaten Braxton Middle took a 32-8 victory.
The 5-0 Knights had touchdown runs of 65, 64 ad 52 yards in the first half
to take a 24-0 lead.
Benjamin Fincham scored on a 52 yard run late in the first quarter following
a long, but failed Calhoun drive to give Braxton a lead it would never
The next time the Knights got the ball Fincham struck again, this time from
65 yards away to give Braxton a two-touchdown lead and essentially put the
A 64-yard scoring gallop by Tim Osborn the next time Braxton got the ball
made it 24-0 and put the Red Devils, 3-2, in a come-back mode that they
would stay in the rest of the game.
Calhoun did its best to mount a rally with a touchdown late in the first
half when Casey Ritchie teamed up with Ethyn Miller for a five-yard
touchdown pass. That play came after a Calhoun touchdown run had been called
back on the previous play.
The Red Devils were hampered by penalties all game long as the Knights
played a seemingly perfect game until time was running out in the third
period when they were whistled for their first penalty.
The extra point conversion on Miller's touchdown reception was a pass from
Casey Ritchie to Jonathan Taylor, the Red Devils lightning quick back.
Taylor had gone into the game with 718 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Many
of Taylor's touchdowns had come from long distance. While Taylor did go over
100 yards rushing again - 28 carries for 167 yards - the Braxton defense did
find a way to bottle him up with his longest run being 31 yards while
keeping him out of the end zone except for the extra point conversion.
With the Knights keying on Taylor Seth Moore (55 yards on five carries) and
Casey Ritchie (30 yards on eights carries before being injured) carried some
of the offensive load.
Other than the three long touchdown runs the Calhoun defense forced Braxton
to attempt to grind up the middle on offense and did a relatively good job
at holding the bigger Knights.
Calhoun will return to action Thursday when it plays its last home game
entertaining Clay County in a key CWVAC West matchup. The Red Devils are
still in control of their playoff destiny and with wins over Clay and Walton
in the final game of the season could make the CWVAC championship game
against the East Division winner, which probably will be Braxton County.