It’s hard to believe Calhoun’s football team can turn things up yet another notch, but it seems it perhaps has.
Ask Wesleyan, Friday’s 42-10 victim in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.
The top-ranked defending state champions led the Wolves 35-3 by halftime, and sparked by Taylor Lamb’s 242 yards and two touchdowns passing, rolled to their 26th consecutive victory.
Not only might Calhoun (11-0) be on pace for a fifth straight state championship game, but here are some other things reinforced Friday:
– Tristen Jackson is a playmaker: The running back’s two scoring runs and a TD catch helped No. 7 Jefferson (10-1) beat Kendrick 42-8 and reach the second round against Westminster, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
– Lovett continues to amaze: Believed washed up by some after starting the season 2-0 and dropping to 2-4, the No. 8 Lions (7-4) ripped off a fifth straight by ousting Coosa 27-0. In advancing to face Manchester, the Lions gained 374 yards, including 293 on the ground.
– Brooks County can weather storms: Their 15-0 halftime lead was severely challenged by Macon County, but the No. 2 Trojans stayed unbeaten with a 22-18 win, despite gaining only 93 yards in the second half, according to the Valdosta Times. The victory put the Trojans in the second round against McIntosh County, a 27-6 winner over East Laurens.
– Rafe Chapple continues to propel: Greater Atlanta Christian’s quarterback was a play maker again Friday, as the No. 9 Spartans shut out Model until the game’s final play and won 35-6, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. Chapple’s 162 yards and three touchdowns passing, in addition to another rushing, made up for running back Kyle Scales’ absence because of injury.
– Can anyone stop Vidalia?: Juan Foster’s 139 rushing yards and a touchdown, together with D.J. Mincey’s two scoring runs, helped the No. 3 Indians drub Westside Macon 57-0 and reach the round of 16 round against No. 4 Fitzgerald, the Savannah Morning News reported. The Indians now haven’t allowed more than a touchdown in three games.
– Westminster’s offense is staunch: Harrison Woodward and Joe Bridges both returned interceptions for TDs in the Wildcats’ 34-0 elimination of Pepperell. Westminster allowed Pepperell just 108 rushing yards, 53 on all but one play, the Rome News-Tribune reported.