RED DEVILS POUND PADEN CITY - Calhoun Romps To Easy Scrimmage Win

By Gaylen Duskey

So far, so good. At least that is how Calhoun County (interim) football coach Bryan Sterns looks at things after his Red Devils hammered Paden City in a Saturday scrimmage.

"We looked pretty good," Sterns said. "Maybe Paden City isn't quite as strong as we thought it would be, but we looked pretty good."

The Red Devils rolled to a 5-1 (touchdown) win at the varsity level while the junior varsity won 2-0.

"I was real happy with the defense," Sterns said. "It shut them down pretty good. The offense did a good job too."

One of the things Stern was most pleased with was the defensive play of Tyler Shartiger. Shartiger intercepted two pass and returned them for touchdowns.

"He had a real good day," Sterns said. "He also had an excellent day as a receiver. We want to throw the ball around a little more this year and so far it is looking pretty good."

Offensively the Red Devils got a pair of touchdowns from all-state candidate Justin Price and another from Paul Goodrich, who is moving from tight end to the backfield this year.

"Our running game was very solid. I was pleased with the way it worked," he said. Calhoun, which will play Seth Sherman and Sissonville in the Herbert Hoover Grid-O-Rama next Saturday, has 33 players out for football.

"We're a little thin. But when a school loses 70 kids from one year to the next that is going to hit everywhere," Sterns said. That may be offset by the Red Devils drop from Class AA to Class A this fall.

"We have a killer schedule with five teams that went to the playoffs last year," Sterns said

Calhoun opponents making the playoffs last season include Williamstown, Wahama, Doddridge, Clay and Braxton. Roane narrowly missed the playoffs and Ravenswood (which was dropped from the schedule to make room for Wahama) was in the playoffs.

After the Grid-O-Rama the Red Devils open the regular season Aug. 27 at Gilmer County.