Cougars cruise to 50-28 homecoming victory over Delta

By JOEL McNEECE
The Calhoun Academy Cougars clinched the school’s first ever playoff berth in football with a 50-28 win over Delta last Friday on Homecoming.


By JOEL McNEECE
The Calhoun Academy Cougars clinched the school’s first ever playoff berth in football with a 50-28 win over Delta last Friday on Homecoming.
The Cougars, 4-3, are guaranteed a three or four seed in the MAIS 8-man playoffs.
“It’s a big deal,” Calhoun Academy Headmaster Sonny Wright said.
cougars47“Our goal from the very beginning was to make the playoffs,” Coach Gerry Winters said. “The kids deserve a lot of credit.”
The Cougars face Russell Christian on Oct. 21. That game will determine who is third and fourth in the region. North Sunflower and Macon Central have clinched the top two spots. The Cougars would likely travel to Tensas, La., or Franklin, La. for their first playoff game.
First the Cougars hope to build more momentum heading into the post season. That began last Friday with the big homecoming victory.
“We were flat all week in practice but they stepped up and met the challenge when the lights came on,” Winters said.
Danny Joe Norman turned in his typical stellar performance on offense, rushing for 150 yards, adding 52 yards receiving and scoring four touchdowns.
Cougar QB Hunter Harmon rushed for 110 and passed for 60 while scoring two touchdowns. Kyle Carter rushed for 95 yards and scored a TD.
Norman scored the first two touchdowns of the game on runs of four and 40 yards. Harmon’s 52-yard TD pass to Norman gave the Cougars a three touchdown lead.
A 12-yard scoring run by Norman and a 6-yard touchdown run by Harmon in the third quarter left little doubt as to the outcome.
The Cougars added a 7-yard touchdown run by Harmon and a 30-yard scoring run by Carter in the fourth quarter.
Two of Delta’s four scores came in the final minutes of the game when the Cougars had inserted many of their eighth graders into the lineup.
Prior to that Delta could make little headway against the Cougars middle linebacker Devin Northrip. He recorded a season-high 21 tackles and forced a fumble.
Carter added nine tackles and Cory Baggett eight.
The Cougars travel to Briarfield, 4-3, this Friday for a non-division game.
“They look a lot like us,” Winters said. “They have good size and they’re quick. It will be a good challenge.”

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