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Calhoun Qualifies For Playoffs
With Win Over Braxton
by Newton Nichols

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The Calhoun High School varsity football team qualified for the Class A football playoffs for the third time in four years by defeating visiting Braxton, 46-13, last Friday night.

To finish in the top eight and host a home game for the second straight year, the Red Devils must defeat the Blue Devils in St. Marys on Friday night.

Against Braxton, Randy Fluharty continued to lead the offense as he rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns. The junior leads the Little Kanawha Conference with 1,748 yards and 130 points.

Fullback Jeremy Conley opened the scoring with a 38-yard run. Fluharty’s touchdowns came in the second and third quarters and gave CHS a 26-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Although the Braxton offense rushed 25 times and completed 12 passes through three periods, it did not penetrate the Calhoun 40 until the last play of the third quarter.

The two teams combined for five touchdowns in the final 12 minutes.

After the visitors scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass, quar-terback Zach Moore tallied from seven yards out.

Calhoun defensive back Nick Stevens lined up in the offensive backfield and scored from three yards out on his first carry of the season to help increase the score to 40-7 with 3:49 left.

The Eagles completed three more passes on their next series and scored a 16-yard TD.

Two plays later, CHS reserve back Austin Moore ended the scoring with a 57-yard run and a 46-13 final.

Conley, a senior, had his best rushing game of the season with 92 yards on nine carries, as CHS totaled 413 yards on 44 carries.

Leading the Red Devil defense in tackles were Tim Sutro (14), Danny Slider (12) and Jeremy Conley (10). Darrenger Fluharty and Sean Gungle had interceptions, Nick Stevens had a fumble recovery, and Slider, Christian Cottrell and Chris Mace had sacks.

Calhoun finishes the regular season at St. Marys on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Braxton       0   0   0 13--13

Calhoun       7   6 13 20--46

C--Jeremy Conley, 38 run

               (Zach Moore kick), 5:50

C--Fluharty, 1 run (kick blocked),


C--Fluharty, 11 run (pass failed),


C--Fluharty, 8 run

                         (Moore kick), 2:18

B--Ryan Skidmore, 15 pass from

        Chris Shuman (Kyle Warner

                                     kick), 10:40

C--Moore, 7 run (Moore kick),


C--Nick Stevens, 3 run (Moore

                                       kick), 3:49

B--Shuman, 16 run (kick

                                 blocked), 1:42

C--Austin Moore, 57 run (run

                                       failed), :52



Calhoun                                 Braxton

16                          First Downs               15

44-413             Rushes-Yardage        32-86

30                     Passing Yardage         187

2-5-1                       PC-PA-Int.        22-32-2

132                   Return Yardage           2

1-36.0                  Punts-Avg.           4-27.3

1-1                    Fumbles-Lost             2-1

6-70               Penalties-Yards           1-5



Calhoun rushing -- Randy Fluharty 24-166, Jeremy Conley 9-92, Zach Moore 3-29, Darrenger Fluharty 5-61, Austin Moore 1-57, Nick Stevens 2-8. Total 44-413.

Calhoun passing -- Zach Moore 2-5-1, 30 yds.

Calhoun receiving -- Danny Slider 2-30.



Calhoun tackles (solos-assists-total) -- Tim Sutro 11-3-14, Danny Slider 7-5-12, Jeremy Conley 5-5-10, Christian Cot-trell 2-6-8, Darrenger Fluharty 6-1-7, Aaron Yoak 5-2-7, Randy Fluharty 4-2-6, Nick Stevens 3-3-6, Caden Arnold 3-2-5, Cody Cunningham 1-4-5, Cory Metz 2-2-4, Chris Mace 1-3-4, Sean Gungle 1-3-4, Ray Phillips 1-3-4, Dillon Mefford 1-0-1, Zach Moore 1-0-1, Tyler Bennett 0-1-1. Total 54-45-99.

Interceptions -- Sean Gungle 1-71, Darrenger Fluharty 1-5.

Fumble recovery -- Nick Stevens.

Sacks -- Danny Slider, Christian Cottrell, Chris Mace.        




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