|By Gaylen Duskey|
This year the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) instituted a new rule, Rule 3-1-2 designed to speed up any football game where one team is leading by 35 points heading into the fourth quarter by keeping the clock running.
Friday night Calhoun fell victim of Rule 3-1-2 in a 39-8 loss to Sherman.
The Red Devils trailed the Tide 39-0 heading into the final period and the clock was allowed to run.
The Red Devils averted the shutout with 1:47 remaining when Seth Moore score on a two-yard run. Dylan Heiney hit Zack Yanero for the two-point conversion.
Other than that it was all Sherman.
The Tide took an early lead on a Willen Christian three yard run. The extra point gave the Tide a 7-0 lead that it would never relinquish.
After a great defensive stand by Calhoun kept the Tide from scoring midway through the first period the Tide quickly scored as soon as they got the ball back when quarterback Bailey Kirk teamed up with J.T. Hensley for a 25 yard scoring strike.
That turned out to be all the points Sherman would need but not all it would score.
The Tide, 2-0, added three more scores in the second quarter for a 32-0 halftime lead.
Benjamin Salmon scored the first second quarter touchdown on a four yard run.
Then Kirk passed for another touchdown before Salmon scored on a 21-yard run as time ran out in the first half.
Overall in the first half Calhoun had three yards total offense and one first down before intermission.
After Will Hensley intercepted a pass and returned deep into Calhoun territory the Tide got on the board again on Kirk's eight yard run making it 39-0.
Following that the two teams played on even terms the rest of the game before Calhoun scored late to avoid the shutout.
Once again the Red Devils played short-handed as two-way starters Caden Hicks and Hayden Richards were out with injuries suffered in the season-opener at Wirt as was Benjamin Frederick.
And once again the Red Devils inexperienced showed.
Moore led Calhoun with 39 yards rushing while Heiney added 31 and Nick Murphy 13.
Heiney, making his first high school start at quarterback, completed one of six passes. His completion was a 35 yard strike to Yanero which set up the Red Devils' first down.
Calhoun, 0-2, will entertain Doddridge, 0-2, for homecoming Friday night. Game time is 7 p.m. Seth will play Valley Fayette, 0-2.