Calhoun faces early season test

I’ve purposely written little about Calhoun, saving focus for Class AA’s top-ranked defending state champions down the season’s stretch.

But this week’s game against Carrollton, one of only 10 between ranked teams, is compelling.

The unbeaten Yellow Jackets (2-0) have been rock solid atop the AA rankings through the season’s first two outings. Last week they beat Dalton 56-41 on senior night, thanks to capturing six turnovers, Taylor Lamb’s two touchdowns passing and two running, and Alex Urbano’s three scores. Impressively, they rallied from 34-24 down and overcame six touchdowns by Dalton’s Kelvis Rhodes.

But Friday, things get potentially dicier. Class AAAA’s No. 3 Carrollton (1-1) arrives for perhaps the Jackets’ truest test so far. Trojan running back Jarvis Terrell undoubtedly has Calhoun’s attention after rushing for two touchdowns and 105 of the Trojans’ 409 yards in last week’s 42-12 defeat of Chapel Hill.

“Carrollton has three or four guys who can really run,” Calhoun coach Hal Lamb warned. “They spread the ball around pretty well.”

It’s the Jackets’ third straight game against AAAA opponents, before seven consecutive region games beginning Sept. 21 against Dade County. Lamb called it a playoff-type game, perhaps his team’s last chance to experiment before region games that count most.

“We’re still experimenting and trying to find new combinations of players and piece together our identity,” he said.

Here are some other games to watch:

– Marist (1-1, No. 2 in AAAA) at Lovett (2-0, No. 5 in AA): The Lions haven’t allowed either of their first two opponents to score more than once, but hope not to have lost momentum while idle last week. Marist enters the teams’ first meeting Friday having lost to Thomas County Central 21-17 last week.

– Fitzgerald (2-0, No. 3 in AA) at Monroe-Albany (1-1): The Purple Hurricanes have allowed just six points in two games and hope to be similarly stingy Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium. The Hurricanes are 2-0 against the Tornadoes and coming off a 31-0 shutout of Irwin County, when Romarrius Gaulden rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns and Ron Swain chipped in 95 of Fitzgerald’s 373 rushing yards.

– Greater Atlanta Christian (3-0, No. 6 in AA) vs. Chamblee (2-0): Kyle Scales, who has 452 yards and seven touchdowns rushing, leads the Spartans into tonight’s game at North DeKalb Stadium. GAC is 2-0 against the Bulldogs, but the teams haven’t played since 1993.

– Vidalia (2-0, No. 7 in AA) at Long County (1-1): Look for Dakota Paradise to potentially make a difference for Vidalia, after making 42- and 34-yard field goals in last week’s win over McIntosh County Academy. The Indians also enter Friday’s Region 2-AA game playing strong defense, having picked off three passes last week.

– Warren County (1-0) at Washington-Wilkes (2-0, No. 9 in AA): The Tigers burst into the rankings with Friday’s 21-6 defeat of Lincoln County, when Tomarkus Young rushed for 114 yards and Buck Robinson passed for 186. The Devils have played only once, beating Glascock County two weeks ago.

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Jefferson

September 13th, 2012
12:22 pm

Carrolton will bring it, until the 2nd half in the Dalton game Calhoun had stopped nothing, but they limited Dalton’s scoring to 1 TD after a in and out catch turned interception inside the 30 or so. Offense didn’t have best game either. Will it carry over will be the question, even so Carrolton may just plain out be bigger, faster and better.
Game on.

Just a Fan

September 13th, 2012
7:08 pm

Sorry-Carrollton just does not have the team to take Calhoun this year-heavy graduation&injuries(including the starting qb for 8 weeks) is too much to overcome-they are probably looking at a 5-5 season.Calhoun has to offense but will have to develop a defense if they want to have a chance of repeating as champs.Like all the others Carrollton will not stop Lamb at qb.

hollywoodraiders

September 14th, 2012
9:39 am

carrollton must be willing to change to win against top teams is a must. dare to be great meaning, throwing more blitzing more have to develop a modern day game plan and not just continue to let the opponents dictate and tee-off on you.we know you can run but it comes a time at somepoint you cant continue to come to a gun fight with one bullet.

Just a Fan

September 14th, 2012
9:59 am

Hollywood-you are right.Without a passing game in high school football the defense will load up against the run and stop all but the overpowering teams.All the summer 7on7 games mean nothing if the team cannot execute in game situations.Who do you think is responsible-head coach or offensive coach(or lack of talent at some positions)?A 5-5 season could prompt some changes.

hollywoodraiders

September 14th, 2012
10:32 am

definitetly always was and is on head coach he has been there over a decade and refuses to develop a gameplan are playbook.those kids work to hard to keep being put in bad situations.then when they get down late in game now he wants to throw qb has no rhythm makes more sense to throw when numbers are in your favor not when they waiting on you im sure teague is a goodman but coaching wise he doesnt have a clue are is just that stubborn either way is time for change

old school fan

September 14th, 2012
1:20 pm

this will be a test for carrollton to see if they can play with a calhoun apowerhouse team over the last 10yrs carrollton’s offense will bog down against the pressure of a strong defense because they are one demential and tou cannot cont. to run across the face of a defense without lead blokers the freshmen sensation cannot be sensational because he can’t see the field until he crosses the defense to get the ball then turn up field the wing t will kill his career before it get’s started unless they become a muti-offense coming from the wing -t from the I formation so the freshmen sensation can see the field going east and west you cannoy see the whole field. coach teague has to step his game up as a coach and quit being so predictable that teams know what he’s going to do.

Just a Fan

September 14th, 2012
2:10 pm

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Just a Fan

September 14th, 2012
2:20 pm

I think the most obvious sign of problems in the offense is that the leading rusher has been the fullback for years.Carrollton gets no production from the wingbacks and have wasted some good talent there.5 or 10 yards sideways will not work against a quick defense.Carrollton was supposed to have more versatility with coach King calling the plays-did not happen.With no passing offense&very little pass defense this year could be an embarassment-potential losses are Calhoun,Lagrange,Shaw&SC(of course).Will it still be business as usual?

crazy hourse

September 14th, 2012
2:25 pm

Year in year out same ol Trojans. Can sum one tell teague the wing T went out with the M.C Hammer pants. Follow the TE #45 and the ball carrier will follow. Your time has pass you by Trojans Nation go find a real coach….

Just a Fan

September 14th, 2012
2:32 pm

Some very good teams in Georgia still run the winged T(or variations of it).They usually have the QB actualty involved in the game(other than handoffs).Carrollton will continue to field above average teams in the future but not challenge for any region or state titles-those are now dominated by the “packed”teams in the metro areas primarily.They just dont have a Snoddy to bail them out this year.I prefer a change oif offense also but they dont allow me to coach(probably for a good reason)

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