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Red Devils Back On Track
With 39-32 Win At Hawks
by Newton Nichols

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The Calhoun High School football team improved its record to 4-2 last Friday night with an exciting 39-32 win at South Harrison.

Although the Red Devil defense gave up 237 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, the offense kept up with the Hawks’ output with the aid of four Zach Moore to Bronson Clark pass completions.

South Harrison scored the only TD of the first quarter on a 10 yard run, but came up short on the first of four two-point conversions it would miss.

CHS needed five plays to start the second period with a successful 70-yard drive. A pair of Moore-to-Clark connections (40 and 18 yards), the second one in the endzone, tied the score..

SH came back with a five-play, 58-yard drive with 7:57 left in the half.

Calhoun answered again.

A Clark reception of 47 yards to the three, set up a four-yard touchdown by Moore, whose  extra point kick gave the team its first lead, 13-12.

South Harrison responded with a successful 10-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a successful TD run from the 10. A two-point conversion pass gave the Hawks a 20-13 margin with 1:37 on the clock.

The Red Devils got help from the SH defense on two pass interference calls that moved the ensuring possession into Hawk territory. On the next play, Moore found Clark in the open down the left side for a 44-yard touchdown. Randy Fluharty’s two-point conversion gave Calhoun a 21-20 edge at halftime.

The lead was short-lived as South Harrison needed just three plays to go 75 yards to open the third quarter and take a 26-21 lead.

Calhoun answered again.

Darrenger Fluharty took the kickoff at his own 14, broke two tackles at the 31 and went the rest of the way untouched. Brother Randy added the two extra points as CHS went up, 29-26, just 1:24 into the period.

Playing the first half on a wet field, the teams had yet to commit a turnover.

A steady rain began midway through the third quarter, and the two teams combined for eight fumbles in the second half. Calhoun kept control of its three miscues, but the Hawks lost four of its five.

Just after a downpour began, South scored its fifth TD on a four-yard run with 35 seconds left in the third.

With the help of a Hawk fumble on a muffed punt return, Calhoun kept the ball for 12 plays before punting to the South Harrison 11.

The CHS defense held--and facing a 4th-and-seven at its own 14--the Hawks elected to take an intentional safety to keep the lead, 32-31, with 6:25 left in the game.

South Harrison’s free kick gave the Red Devils possession at the Hawks’ 48.

Having gained only one first down and 12 yards rushing in the second half, the Red Devils kept the ball on the ground. Ten carries and three first downs left CHS at the 15.

On the next play, Randy Fluharty carried around the left side to paydirt. He added his third two-pointer of the game as Calhoun went up, 39-32, with 1:06 remaining.

South Harrison returned the last kickoff to the CHS 44, but two penalties and a 15-yard loss left the team with a 3rd-and-44. Derrick Hardbarger recovered a fumbled pass reception to guarantee the Calhoun win.

Season statistics will be published next week.

Calhoun, which moved up to 15th in WVSSAC ratings, is off this week. The Red Devils travel to Roane County on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Calhoun       0 21   8 10--39

So. Harrison 6 14 12   0--32

SH--Tanner Belt, 10 run

                          (pass failed), 5:44

C--Bronson Clark, 18 pass from

             Zach Moore (kick failed), 9:53

SH--Brandon Coffman, 34 run

                            (run failed), 7:27

C--Moore, 4 run (Moore kick),5:45

SH--Coffman, 10 run (Chris Miller,

    pass from Derek James), 1:37

C--Clark, 44 pass from Moore

             (Randy Fluharty run): 44

SH--Belt, 21 run (run failed), 10:53

C--Darrenger Fluharty, 86 kickoff

    return (R. Fluharty run),10:36

SH--Adrean Walker, 4 run

                               (run failed), :35

C--Safety (SH quarterback carried

    football out of endzone), 6:25

C--R. Fluharty, 15 run

                  (R. Fluharty run), 1:06



Calhoun       So. Harrison

12      First Downs      16

35-115 Rushes-Yardage 48-340

159   Passing Yardage         56

6-12-0  PC-PA-Int.       6-10-0

3       Return Yardage             6

5-29.2   Punts-Avg.        1-37.0

3-0      Fumbles-Lost           5-4

3-33  Penalties-Yards       8-78



Calhoun rushing -- Randy Fluharty 16-63, Darrenger Fluharty 5-23, Zach Moore 12-16, Cory Metz 2-13. Total 35-115.

Calhoun passing -- Zach Moore 6-12-0, 159 yds.

Calhoun receiving -- Bronson Clark 4-149, Randy Fluharty 1-11, Darrenger Fluharty 1- -1.



Calhoun tackles (solos-assists-total) -- Aaron Yoak 6-3-9, Darrenger Fluharty 6-3-9, Bronson Clark 1-4-5, Justin Gerwig 3-3-6, Tim Sutro 2-5-7, Randy Fluharty 4-9-13, Daniel Sims 5-0-5, Cory Metz 0-3-3, Zach Moore 5-0-5, Ben Laughlin 4-1-5, Dillon Mefford 5-2-7, Austin Moore 1-0-1, Caden Arnold 1-0-1, Ray Phillips 1-3-4, Christian Cottrell 2-0-2, Derrick Hardbarger 2-4-6, Jacob Haught 1-3-4. Total 49-43-92.

     Interceptions -- None.

Fumble recoveries -- Derrick Hardbarger 1-3, Jacob Haught, Zach Moore, Caden Arnold.

           Sacks -- None.


Calhoun 57  Gilmer 20 ..  W

Calhoun 35  Ritchie 8 ...  W

Calhoun 29  Doddridge 6  W

Calhoun 29  Catholic 39 .  L

Calhoun 22  Will’town 65  L

Calhoun 39  So. Harrison 32   W



  9  Open

16  Roane County ...  Away

23  Wirt County ......  Home

30  Braxton County .  Away



  6  St. Marys ...........  Home

...............       (Senior Night)

All games at 7:30 p.m.

2009 Calhoun Junior
Varsity Football Schedule

Calhoun JV 22  Ritchie 16  W

Calhoun JV 28  Doddridge 13  W

Calhoun JV 12  Catholic 14  L

Calhoun JV   8  Will’town 26  L

Calhoun JV 8  So. Harrison 18  L


12  St. Marys ...........  A  6:00

19  Roane County .....  H  6:00

26  Wirt County .......  A  6:00




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