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CHS Falls To 15th
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The Calhoun High School varsity football team fell to 15th in Class A after losing to visiting Parkersburg Catholic, 39-29, last Friday night.

Both teams scored in each quarter in a contest that saw seven lead changes.

After Catholic scored late in the first quarter and missed the extra point, the Red Devils answered in just four plays.

Zach Moore’s 21-yard pass to Bronson Clark set up Darrenger Fluharty’s 44-yard run with 1:02 left in the period. Moore’s kick gave CHS the lead, 7-6.

The two teams traded turnovers, leaving the Crusaders at the Calhoun 33. A one-yard plunge on the fifth play put the visitors up, 12-7.

On its next series, the Red Devils used a pair of pass receptions to set up Cory Metz’s 41-yard touchdown run. CHS was back on top, 13-12, with 3:24 left in the half.

The defense forced PCHS to punt, but when the Calhoun offense stalled at its own 48, a bad snap on a punt attempt was recovered at the CHS 29 with 31 seconds on the clock.

Catholic ran six plays in that time, hitting on a 19-yard field goal to take a 15-13 margin as the horn sounded.

Randy Fluharty turned the game around again to start the second half. He returned an interception 26 yards to set up his own TD on the next play from the Catholic 45. He also converted the two-point conversion to give CHS a 21-15 lead.

The ensuing onside kickoff was recovered by the Crusaders at their own 48. Three passes, the last one four yards, plus the point after, gave the visitors a lead that they would hang on to, 22-21.

Two punts and a lost fumble by Calhoun were followed up by a field goal and two touchdowns that gave Catholic a 39-21 margin with 1:42 left in the game.

The Red Devils’ final successful drive came primarily on three completed passes--two to Justin Gerwig of 42- and 15-yards and the final one from Moore to Clark for 15 yards into the endzone. Randy Fluharty added the two-point conversion for a final score of 39-29.

Calhoun (3-1) plays at No. 10 Williamstown (2-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Catholic       6   9 14 10--39

Calhoun       7   6   8   8--29

PC--13 pass (kick failed), 2:24

C--Darrenger Fluharty, 44 run

               (Zach Moore kick), 1:02

PC--1 run (pass failed), 5:58

C--Cory Metz, 41 run

                           (kick failed), 3:24

PC--19 field goal, :00

C--Randy Fluharty, 45 run

                (R. Fluharty run), 10:09

PC--4 pass (kick), 7:21

PC--12 run (kick), 1:43

PC--34 field goal, 9:52

PC--15 run (kick), 1:42

C--Bronson Clark, 15 pass from

        Moore (R. Fluharty run), :56

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Calhoun              Catholic

8                              First Downs   20

32-163 Rushes-Yardage 51-267

107   Passing Yardage       146

6-15-0  PC-PA-Int.     10-16-2

39     Return Yardage          68

3-27.7   Punts-Avg.        1-31.0

3-2      Fumbles-Lost           1-1

6-46  Penalties-Yards       7-72

 

OFFENSE

Calhoun rushing -- Randy Fluharty 14-77, Darrenger Fluharty 7-54, Cory Metz 3-47, Zach Moore 7-4, team 1- -19. Total 32-163.

Calhoun passing -- Zach Moore 6-15-0, 107 yds.

Calhoun receiving -- Bronson Clark 3-41, Justin Gerwig 2-57, Aaron Yoak 1-9.

 

DEFENSE

Calhoun tackles (solos-assists-total) -- Cory Metz 9-9-18, Tim Sutro 8-6-14, Bronson Clark 5-7-12, Aaron Yoak 4-7-11, Darrenger Fluharty 6-4-10, Dillon Mefford 3-7-10, Ben Laughlin 2-7-9, Jacob Haught 1-6-7, Randy Fluharty 3-3-6, Derrick Hardbarger 1-5-6, Daniel Sims 3-2-5, Zach Moore 2-3-5, Christian Cottrell 1-3-4, Justin Gerwig 1-2-3, Austin Moore 2-0-2, Nathan Cosgrove 1-0-1, Caden Arnold 0-1-1. Total 52-72-124.

Interceptions -- Randy Flu-harty 1-26, Justin Gerwig 1-13.

Fumble recoveries -- Ray Phillips.

     Sacks -- Aaron Yoak.

2009 CALHOUN VARSITY
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Calhoun 57  Gilmer 20 ..  W

Calhoun 35  Ritchie 8 ...  W

Calhoun 29  Doddridge 6  W

Calhoun 29  Catholic 39 .  L

 

September

25  Williamstown ....  Away

 

October

  2  South Harrison ..  Away

  9  Open

16  Roane County ...  Away

23  Wirt County ......  Home

30  Braxton County .  Away

 

November

  6  St. Marys ...........  Home

...............       (Senior Night)

All games at 7:30 p.m.

 

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