By JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun Academy Coach Gerry Winters summed up last Friday’s effort by his Cougars against Briarfield with one word – “flat.”
The Cougars, 4-4, coming off a big 50-28 homecoming win over Delta the week prior that clinched the school’s first ever playoff berth, suffered a 64-28 loss at Briarfield in a non-division game.
“We were just flat,” Winters said matter-of-factly. “We couldn’t do nothing right. I’ve been waiting on that game all year. I’m glad we got it out of our system before the playoffs.”
The Cougars managed three first half touchdowns but trailed at the half 40-18.
“We just couldn’t stop them,” Winters said.
Danny Joe Norman, who finished with 76 yards rushing, scored the first CA touchdown on a 1-yard run. The score was set up by 25 and 29 yard passes from Hunter Harmon to Kyle Carter.
Harmon scored the next touchdown on an 11-yard run later in the first quarter.
Harmon was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a hip pointer and J.T. Washington took over. He scored the final touchdown of the first half on a 1-yard run. The score came after a big fourth down stop by the Cougar defense and a 16-yard pass by Washington to Cory Baggett.
Norman accounted for the only score of the second half on a 7-yard run.
Kyle Carter contributed 50 yards to the rushing attack. Harmon added 21.
Harmon completed 5-9 passes for 62 yards before leaving the game. Washington completed 3-8 for 47 yards. He also was banged up and Dylan Haimes finished the game at quarterback.
Haimes completed 1-6 throws for 34 yards.
“We got banged up pretty good in that game,” Winters said.
Devin Northrip was again the defensive leader with 10 tackles. Norman added eight and a fumble recovery. Baggett recorded seven tackles.
“We just have to learn from our mistakes,” Winters said.
The Cougars travel to Hebron this Friday for another non-division game.
Winters said Hebron will spread it out on offense and challenge the Cougar secondary.
“We’re going to work on it in practice,” Winters said. “We’ve got to get better.”