Cougars clobber North Sunflower 60-0; now ranked second

Calhoun Academy improved to 6-0 with their most dominant performance yet this season last Friday night in a 60-0 win at North Sunflower.

The Cougars, now ranked second in the state among MAIS 8-man football teams, scored 32 first quarter points to make their statement early at Drew.

“We exposed their weaknesses,” Coach Tim Melton said. “We put in a few audibles during the week and really executed them very well.”

The touchdowns came fast in the opening quarter – a 10-yard run by Danny Joe Norman; a 15-yard pass from Hunter Harmon to Cameron Bryant; a 45-yard punt return by Norman; and a 14-yard run by Kyle Carter. The Cougars converted for two points after each of those scores.
Second quarter touchdowns included a 10-yard run by Harmon and a 60-yard punt return by Norman.

The Cougars completed the scoring with a 30-yard field goal from Bryant, a 34-yard run from Devin Northrip and an 18-yard scoring run by Carter.

The Cougars were equally dominant on defense, allowing only 26 total yards in the game. Northrip led with 14 tackles, followed by Cory Baggett and Carter with 10.

“The defense was swarming,” Melton said. “A lot of guys have stepped up for us on that side of the ball.”

While last Friday was the Cougars’ first shutout of the season, they’ve not allowed more than one touchdown in any of their previous games while averaging 43 points a game on offense.

The schedule will get tougher the rest of the way with a trip to Delta this Friday, who is coming off a good win over Kemper. The Cougars end the season with 5-1 Briarfield and unbeaten Russell.

“We’re staying focused by never letting up. We don’t take a week off,” Melton said. “We don’t take any of our opponents lightly. We know someone is going to test us, but I believe we have the leadership on this team to handle that.”