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Red Devils Improve To 6-2
With Victory At Wirt, 32-6
by Newton Nichols

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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 242 yards.

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 series.

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 score 19-0.

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 plays.

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 fans.

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 period.

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 CHS 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 sacks.

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.

CHS 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.

Calhoun       0   0 19 13--32

Wirt             0   0   0   6--  6

C--Randy Fluharty, 14 run

               (Zach 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 (Moore kick), 2:58



Calhoun                               Wirt

13                    First Downs                 9

50-273       Rushes-Yardage         29-15

45               Passing Yardage          187

3-7-3               PC-PA-Int.           16-21-1

65               Return Yardage            32

1-26.0           Punts-Avg.              4-28.8

3-0             Fumbles-Lost               2-2

6-48        Penalties-Yards            8-76



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, 45 yds.

Calhoun receiving -- Danny Slider 2-36, Jeremy Conley 1-9.



Calhoun tackles (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 54-48-102.

Interception -- Sean Gungle 1-34.

Fumble recovery -- Aaron Yoak, Dillon Mefford.

Sack -- Danny Slider 3, Aaron Yoak, Chris Mace.



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

Calhoun 31  Wirt 6 ........  



31  Braxton County .  Home

...............       (Senior Night)



  7  St. Marys ...........  Away

Games at 7:30 p.m.




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