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After an impressive effort against visiting Ritchie County, the CHS football team plays on the road for the first time on Friday night.

Calhoun will attempt to begin the season with a 3-0 record for the sixth straight year when it travels to West Union to take on Doddridge County.

Calhoun’s Randy Fluharty picks up eight yards as a Ritchie defender attempts to strip the football from his grasp.

Christian Cottrell, Cory Metz and Dillon Mefford bring down a Rebel runner for a three-yard loss. In the background are Derrick Hardbarger (54) and Aaron Yoak (81). Ritchie netted 61 yards on 39 rushing attempts.

Justin Yeager (56) records a quarterback sack for the Red Devils in the fourth quarter. Teammate Jared Haught (27) is also shown.

The only time the team did not begin 3-0 since 2000 was in 2003 when it suffered a 21-20 loss at Doddridge. It was also the only time during that span that the Red Devils have had a losing record.

Calhoun has a 27-30-5 record against the Bulldogs since the series began in 1933.

Except for fumbles, it was another good night for the CHS offense against Ritchie.

Randy Fluharty followed up his 253-yard/5 touchdown effort in the opening game with 255 yards and three TDs. The rushing efforts rank 12th and 13th on the school’s all-time individual game efforts.

Fluharty was already in third place (329 yards) and eighth place (264 yards) in the record book with efforts during his junior year.

Fluharty’s first score against the visiting Rebels came on the Red Devils’ second possession. He opened the drive with consecutive carries of 13 and 37 yards to set up a two-yard plunge with :19 left in the opening period.

Tim Sutro’s fumble recovery at the Ritchie 20 set up a second score by Fluharty from one yard out with :32 remaining until halftime.

Zach Moore, who missed the extra point kick after the first score, connected with Darrenger Fluharty for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.

The Fluharty brothers opened the second half with seven straight carries for 42 yards to set up Moore’s 20-yard TD pass to Bronson Clark. The extra point kick failed, but Calhoun led 20-0 just 4:04 into the quarter.

Ritchie answered quickly, utilizing its longest two plays of the game--passes of 23 and 38-yards--to set up a four-yard run. A conversion pass cut the deficit to 20-8 at 5:35.

CHS turned the football over on a fumble two plays later, but the defense held, and Moore blocked a punt as Calhoun took over at the Ritchie 35.

Fluharty scored his third six-pointer from 10 yards out on the first play of the final period. This time, it was Dillon Mefford who caught Moore’s two-point conversion pass for a 28-8 lead.

With 5:37 left, Sutro blocked a punt and the Red Devils had possession at the Rebel 17.

A pair of penalties left Calhoun at the 28, but Moore found Aaron Yoak in the back of the endzone, and added the extra point kick for a final score of 35-8.

The Calhoun defense held the Rebels to a net of 61 yards on 39 rushing attempts and 76 yards on 4-of-14 passing.

Tim Sutro (13) and Cory Metz (12) led CHS in tackles. Sutro, Justin Yeager and Caden Arnold had quarterback sacks.

Calhoun plays at Doddridge County on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Ritchie         0   0   8   0--  8

Calhoun       6   8   6 15--35

C--Randy Fluharty, 2 run 

                             (kick failed), :19

C--R. Fluharty, 1 run 

             (Darrenger Fluharty, pass

                 from Zach Moore), :32

C--Bronson Clark, 20 pass from

               Moore (kick failed),7:56

R--Brian Tingler, 4 run (Matthew

            Holleron, pass from Andy

                             Lipscomb), 5:35

C--R. Fluharty, 10 run (Dillon

         Mefford, pass from Moore)


C--Aaron Yoak, 28 pass from

            Moore (Moore kick), 4:36



Calhoun                Ritchie

16                            First Downs   8

51-335 Rushes-Yardage 39-61

59     Passing Yardage          76

3-5-0     PC-PA-Int.       4-14-0

11     Return Yardage             0

1-37.0   Punts-Avg.        7-32.9

4-3      Fumbles-Lost           2-1

7-46  Penalties-Yards       5-21



Calhoun rushing -- Randy Fluharty 28-255, Darrenger Fluharty 14-78, Zach Moore 2- -7, Daniel Sims 3-10, Cory Metz 3-16, team 1- -17. Total 51-335.

Calhoun passing -- Zach Moore 3-5-0, 59 yds.

Calhoun receiving -- Aaron Yoak 2-39, Bronson Clark 1-20.



Calhoun tackles (solos-assists-total) -- Tim Sutro 6-7-13,  Cory Metz 3-9-12, Ben Laughlin 3-6-9, Randy Fluharty 4-4-8, Derrick Hardbarger 3-5-8, Aaron Yoak 1-7-8, Dillon Mefford 2-5-7, Christian Cottrell 2-4-6, Aus-tin Moore 3-2-5, Jacob Haught 1-4-5, Zach Moore 2-2-4, Caden Arnold 2-1-3, Darrenger Fluharty 1-2-3, Bronson Clark 1-1-2, Daniel Sims 0-2-2, Justin Yeager 1-0-1, Jared Haught 0-1-1, Nathan Cosgrove 0-1-1. Total 35-63-98.

     Interceptions -- None.

Fumble recoveries -- Tim Sutro.

Sacks -- Tim Sutro, Justin Yeager, Caden Arnold.

Punts blocked -- Zach Moore, Tim Sutro.              




Calhoun 57  Gilmer 20 ..  W



Ritchie County 8   Calhoun 35

11  Doddridge County  Away

18  Park. Catholic ....  Home

..............       (Homecoming)

25  Williamstown ....  Away



  2  South Harrison ..  Away

  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.




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