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Defensive Effort Helps Lead
Calhoun to Win Over Roane
by Newton Nichols
     

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Visiting Roane County ran up 273 yards in offense last Friday night, but only three yards were inside the Calhoun 30 yard.

The Red Devils defeated their Class AA rival, 13-0.

The Raiders had seven first half possessions. The first ended in one play when Ray Phillips recovered a fumble at the RCHS 48, as Roane could not take advantage of a failed CHS onside kick to open the game.

The second series for Roane was a punt that Randy Fluharty caught at his own 20 and, using a wall of blockers set up by his teammates, raced down the left side to give Calhoun all the points it would need. Zach Moore’s kick came with 7:31 on the clock.


Calhoun's Randy Fluharty adds to his rushing total as he avoids a diving Roane County defender. He leads the Little Kanawha Conference with 1,318 yards and 88 points.

The next two Raiders’ series also ended in punts.

The first one came after the visitors had their deepest pene-tration--to the CHS 27 on an eight-yard pickup. On the next play, a Roane receiver pushed off on Red Devil defensive back Nick Stevens, resulting in a 15-yard offensive interference call.

After the next punt, Calhoun kept control for 11 plays before giving up the ball on downs at the Raider 20.

Roane’s next three possessions ended at the CHS 48 on an interception by Fluharty, at the CHS 44 when the Raiders could pick up only one of the two yards needed, and at the Roane 25 as the half ended.

After the failed fourth down try, Fluharty picked up five yards on first down, and, with 1:23 remaining in the half, Calhoun sent three receivers to the right side. Taking a snap from the shotgun set, quarterback Moore did not hesitate on a draw up the middle that ended 51 yards later in the endzone.

Calhoun led 13-0 at the half.

In the second half, the Red Devils used ball control to limit Roane County to just five series.

Fluharty had 137 of his game-high 174 yards in the second half. Seven of his 16 carries accounted for all of Calhoun’s first downs in the last two quarters.

Roane’s five possessions ended at its own 45 with a punt, at the CHS 40 on an interception by Darrenger Fluharty, at its own 26 on an interception by Sean Gungle, at its own 18 on a punt, and at the CHS 40 when the Raiders came up inches short on a 4th-and-3 with 1:13 remaining in the game.


Nick Stevens, 124 lbs., hits the legs of the Raiders' Ryan Jarvis. He gets help from Randy Fluharty and Daniel Slider (hidden).

Calhoun failed to pad its lead in the second half after three turnovers--an interception on its first series, and two lost fumbles in the fourth quarter--at the Roane 20 and 12, respectively.

Leading tacklers in the shut-out win were Jeremy Conley (16), Aaron Yoak (12), Danny Slider (11), Nick Stevens (10), and Randy Fluharty (10).

Conley leads the team in tackles with 68, followed by Yoak with 61, and Tim Sutro with 55.

Randy Fluharty’s 1,318 rushing yards and 88 points continues to lead Little Kanawha Conference teams, according to statistics in The Parkersburg News.

CHS (5-2), ranked 11th in the WVSSAC’s Class A rankings, will travel to Wirt County on Friday to meet the Tigers at 7:30 p.m.

Roane          0   0   0   0--  0

Calhoun       7   6   0   0--13

C--Randy Fluharty, 80 punt return

               (Zach Moore kick), 7:31

C--Moore, 51 run

                           (kick failed), 1:11

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Calhoun                                            Roane

10                            First Downs                          14

43-242              Rushes-Yardage                  39-240

10                      Passing Yardage                      33

1-10-1                    PC-PA-Int.                       4-17-3

157                   Return Yardage                        13

4-34.3                   Punts-Avg.                        5-27.6

3-2                      Fumbles-Lost                         1-1

8-74                  Penalties-Yards                     9-76

 

OFFENSE

Calhoun rushing -- Randy Fluharty 25-174, Zach Moore 8-47, Jeremy Conley 8-17, Darrenger Fluharty 1-6, Sean Gungle 1- -2. Total 43-242.

Calhoun passing -- Zach Moore 1-9-1, 10 yds.; Randy Fluharty 0-1-0. Total 1-10-1, 10 yds.

Calhoun receiving -- Sean Gungle 1-10.

 

DEFENSE

Calhoun tackles (solos-assists-total) -- Jeremy Conley 11-5-16, Aaron Yoak 5-7-12, Danny Slider 6-5-11, Nick Stevens 7-3-10, Randy Fluharty 4-6-10, Darrenger Fluharty 5-4-9, Sean Gungle 7-1-8, Tim Sutro 3-5-8, Cody Cunningham 3-0-3, Ray Phillips 2-1-3, Zach Moore 2-0-2, Austin Moore 0-1-1. Total 55-38-93.

Interceptions -- Randy Fluharty 1-22, Darrenger Fluharty 1-20, Sean Gungle 1-14.

Fumble recovery -- Ray Phillips.

            Sack -- None.

2008 CALHOUN VARSITY

FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Calhoun 58  Gilmer 6 ....  W

Calhoun 37  Ritchie 25 .  W

Calhoun 41  Doddridge 14  W

Calhoun   0  Catholic 14 .  L

Calhoun   7  Will’stown 37  L

Calhoun 33  So. Harrison 14   W

Calhoun 13  Roane 0 ....  W

 

October

24  Wirt County .......  Away

31  Braxton County .  Home

...............       (Senior Night)

 

November

  7  St. Marys ...........  Away

Games at 7:30 p.m.

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