A few changes at halftime enabled junior tailback
Randy Fluharty to rush for 264 yards and four touchdowns as Calhoun
defeated Wirt, 32-6, last Friday night.
The Calhoun junior was held to 22 yards on eight
carries in a game that was scoreless after two quarters.
When the team changed to a power formation in the
second half, Fluharty averaged 11.5 yards per carry on 21 attempts and
In the first half, the Tigers’ deepest penetration
came at the Red Devils’ 37 after one of three interceptions.
Calhoun did not fare much better, making it to the
Wirt 32 late in the first period.
In the second half, CHS
scored touchdowns on its first five possessions--the first four came on
carries by Fluharty, who began with a 14-yard scamper to end the opening
The Tigers matched Calhoun’s three first-half
turnovers with three of their own in the last two quarters.
The first came two plays after the opening score,
when Wirt fumbled at its own 20. Fluharty needed three carries, the last
one for six yards to put CHS
on top, 13-0.
Following a 19-yard punt, Calhoun took over at the
Tigers’ 46. Key to the successful seven-play drive was a 21-yard pass
from Zach Moore to Danny Slider. Fluharty’s two-yard carry made the
A 39-yard return of the ensuing kickoff set up an
unusual scoring drive for Wirt from its own 47. After two successful
passes to the Calhoun 32, the Tigers were penalized on three straight
Facing a 2nd-and-40 from its own 38, Wirt could
have been penalized on the next two plays.
Instead, the Tigers picked up 12 yards when a
Calhoun de-fender was tackled by an offensive player in front of the CHS bench--and the CHS
On the next play, Wirt completed a 28-yard pass for
a first down. Calhoun partisans believed that the Tiger receiver should
have been called for offensive interference, which would have been the
third drawn by Red Devil defensive back Nick Stevens.
On 4th-and-15 at the 27, the Tigers closed the
deficit to 19-6 on a touchdown pass with 11:15 left in the fourth
Seven plays, 61 yards and 2:54 later, Fluharty
scored his fourth TD on his second 18-yard pick up of the drive.
After the kickoff, Wirt was on the move again, and
three completions gave the team a first down at the
28. On 4th-and-9, Calhoun’s Sean Gungle picked off an errant pass.
Consecutive carries of 44 and 20 yards by Fluharty
helped set up a 15-yard scoring pass from Moore to Slider. Moore’s kick
made the final score, 32-6.
Leading tacklers for Calhoun were Jeremy Conley
(14), Tim Sutro (13), Aaron Yoak (13), and Danny Slider (10). Sean
Gungle had an interception, Yoak and Dillon Mefford had fumble
recoveries, and Danny Slider (3), Chris Mace and Yoak had quarterback
Fluharty maintained his lead in the Little Kanawha
Conference with 1,582 yards rushing and 112 points scored.
Calhoun, ranked 9th in the WVSSAC’s Class A
rankings, will host Braxton County on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
senior athletes and cheerleaders and their parents will be recognized
prior to the game.
Senior football players are Jeremy Conley, Cody
Cunningham, Sean Gungle, Chris Mace, Danny Slider and Nick Stevens.
0 0 19 13--32
C--Randy Fluharty, 14 run
Moore kick), 8:46
C--Fluharty, 6 run (run failed), 7:24
C--Fluharty, 2 run (run failed), 2:55
W--Levi Kerby, 27 pass from Josh
Valentine (kick blocked),
C--Fluharty, 18 run (kick failed),
C--Danny Slider, 15 pass from
(Moore kick), 2:58
Calhoun rushing -- Randy Fluharty
29-264, Jeremy Conley 8-18, Zach Moore 12- -16, Darrenger Fluharty
1-7. Total 50-273.
Calhoun passing -- Zach Moore 3-7-3,
Calhoun receiving -- Danny Slider
2-36, Jeremy Conley 1-9.
(solos-assists-total) -- Jeremy Conley 6-8-14, Tim Sutro 9-4-13,
Aaron Yoak 4-9-13, Danny Slider 5-5-10, Randy Fluharty 6-2-8, Chris
Mace 4-4-8, Christian Cottrell 4-4-8, Sean Gungle 4-4-8, Darrenger
Fluharty 5-2-7, Nick Stevens 2-3-5, Cody Cunningham 2-3-5, Danny
Sims 1-0-1, Dillon Mefford 1-0-1, Austin Moore 1-0-1. Total
Interception -- Sean Gungle 1-34.
Fumble recovery -- Aaron Yoak,
Sack -- Danny Slider 3, Aaron Yoak,
Gilmer 6 ....
Ritchie 25 .
Calhoun 41 Doddridge 14
Catholic 14 .
Will’stown 37 L
Calhoun 33 So. Harrison 14
Roane 0 ....
Wirt 6 ........
31 Braxton County
St. Marys ...........
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