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CHS Loses To Madonna, 16-0
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Calhoun’s hopes of winning its first playoff game in school history were ended by Madonna High School in Weirton last Saturday night, 16-0.

The Red Devils are now 0-4 in the playoffs, including first- round losses in three of the past four years.

Both teams’ defenses played well in the first half, but the CHS offense could not take advantage of three Blue Dons’ turnovers in the first two quarters.

Calhoun picked up two first downs on its first possession of the game, but had to punt from the Madonna 40.

The Red Devils’ Tim Sutro recovered at the 13 when the Blue Dons mishandled the kick.

A handoff to junior Randy Fluharty lost two yards, and CHS was called for a 15-yard offensive facemask penalty, resulting in officials calling it a loss of down.

Two running plays gained six yards, but an incomplete pass ended possession at the 24.

An exchange of fumbles and four punts later, Madonna had possession at its own 17, and drove to the Red Devil 24 in seven plays.

Zach Moore intercepted a 3rd-and-15 pass at the Calhoun six just before the half ended.

Madonna held CHS to three and out on the first series of the second half, and took over at the Calhoun 47.

Despite a pair of 10-yard penalties against the Blue Dons, the home team used two completed passes to gain a first down at the CHS 13. On the third play, A.J. Klein carried in from the five. A two-point conversion made the score 8-0 with 5:39 left in the third quarter.

The two defenses again kept the other team in check until late in the game.

A CHS punt from its own 46 resulted in a 54 yard return and a first down at the Calhoun 32 with 4:20 left.

It took eight plays, but Klein scored from the six. Max Nogay’s second successful conversion left Madonna on top, 16-0, with 2:14 left.

Quarterback Zach Moore completed two of four passes on the final CHS series.

Fluharty had 69 yards on 23 carries, as the team was held to 95 yards rushing and 23 yards passing.

Leading tacklers were Danny Slider (14), Jeremy Conley (13), Aaron Yoak (11), and Tim Sutro (10).

Calhoun finished another successful season with a record of 7-4. Madonna is now 11-0 and travels to Pocahontas County in the next round of the playoffs.

Final season statistics will be published next week.

Calhoun       0   0   0   0--  0

Madonna     0   0   8   8--16

M--A.J. Klein, 5 run

                 (Max Nogay run), 5:39

M--Klein, 6 run

                           (Nogay run), 2:14

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Calhoun                                        Madonna

7                              First Downs                            9

39-95                 Rushes-Yardage                   40-185

23                      Passing Yardage                       48

2-6-0                      PC-PA-Int.                          2-7-1

17                      Return Yardage                        51

6-29.7                    Punts-Avg.                        3-32.3

1-1                      Fumbles-Lost                         4-2

6-55                 Penalties-Yards                      6-45

 

OFFENSE

Calhoun rushing -- Randy Fluharty 23-69, Jeremy Conley 3-8, Darrenger Fluharty 3-7, Zach Moore 9-18, team 1- -7. Total 39-95.

Calhoun passing -- Zach Moore 2-6-0, 23 yds.

Calhoun receiving -- Randy Fluharty 1-14, Sean Gungle 1-9.

 

DEFENSE

Calhoun tackles (solos-assists-total) -- Danny Slider 9-5-14, Jeremy Conley 7-6-13, Aaron Yoak 3-8-11, Tim Sutro 7-3-10, Randy Fluharty 4-3-7, Sean Gungle 1-4-5, Chris Mace 2-2-4, Darrenger Fluharty 1-2-3, Christian Cottrell 1-2-3, Nick Stevens 1-1-2, Zach Moore 1-0-1, Ray Phillips 1-0-1, Jacob Haught 0-1-1, Cody Cunning-ham 0-1-1. Total 38-38-76.

Interceptions -- Zach Moore 1-16.

Fumble recoveries -- Tim Sutro, Aaron Yoak.

           Sacks -- None.               

2008 FINAL VARSITY
FOOTBALL RESULTS

(7-4)

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 32  Wirt 6 ........  W

Calhoun 46  Braxton 13  W

Calhoun 13  St. Marys 47 L

Calhoun   0  Madonna 16  L

 

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