Poor start for Colonels in loss to 6th-ranked Calhoun
After winning the toss Friday night and deferring their option to the second half, 6th-ranked Calhoun kicked off to Cass and recovered each of the game’s first three kickoffs to burst to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. The short, high kicks bounced off Cass players each time and were recovered by the Yellow Jackets. A fourth attempt of the same style kick was fair caught to end the string. Calhoun’s Carlos Orozko kicked a 36-yard field goal following the first kickoff recovery. Quarterback Christian Lewis connected on a 53-yard touchdown pass to Cole Speer after the second kickoff recovery, and Lewis capped a four-play, 31-yard drive following the third kickoff recovery with a 10-yard touchdown run. The Yellow Jackets added to their lead early in the second quarter with a seven-play, 72-yard drive. The scoring strike was a 12-yard pass from Lewis to Speer — their second scoring connection of the night. Jerrian Hames added touchdown runs of 80-yards and 47-yards in the second quarter for a 37-0 Calhoun lead and Chris Lewis returned an interception 18 yards with 1:32 left in the first half as the Yellow Jackets took a 44-0 advantage to the intermission and forced a continuously running clock in the second half. Cass recovered a third quarter fumble deep in Calhoun territory and scored on a 17-yard pass from quarterback Devin Henderson to Jaiden Avalos. In the fourth quarter, Cass drove 61 yards for the game’s final scoring play. Josh Varner capped the five-play drive with a 27-yard scoring scamper. Kaleb Speights made both extra points for a 44-14 final score. Calhoun (7-3, 3-1) will host Cartersville next Friday in a battle for the region’s second seed position. Cass (6-3, 1-3) travels to Blessed Trinity to wrap up the regular season against the 2nd-ranked Titans.