CALHOUN CLOSES SEASON WITH WIN - Price Runs Wild In Win Over St. Marys

By Gaylen Duskey

In a game that was only for pride - no playoffs or championships were on the line - the Red Devils showed their Calhoun pride in swamping home standing St. Marys 34-14 Friday night.

Actually, there was a playoff spot on the line as St. Marys was hoping for a playoff berth in Class A. The loss to Calhoun ended those hopes.

Its all-state candidate Justin Price led Calhoun, which finished with a 5-5 record. Price rushed for 310 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries.

Price scored on runs of 73, 49 and 12 yards. The Red Devils also had touchdowns from Mike Batten and Chad Conley. Batten scored on a quarterback option run and also hit Conley for a 21-yard score.

Calhoun's first touchdown came following a stellar play by the defense.

The Red Devils had forced St. Marys into a punting situation and Dustyn Nichols broke through to block the punt, which was scooped up by Justin Whipkey at the 28.

Price capped off the short drive with a 12-yard burst. He also added the extra points on a run.

Calhoun scored again later in the first half when it recovered a fumble near midfield. A couple of plays later Price broke free for a 49-yard score.

Calhoun scored again early in the second half when Price broke loose from 73 yards away.

The Red Devils added another third quarter score when Price's 50-yard run set up the 21 yard touchdown pass from Batten to Conley.

After a St. Marys touchdown Calhoun marched down the field once again with Batten scoring on a keeper.

It was Calhoun's last touchdown of the season but the team proved its mettle and showed its pride.