Hebron tops Calhoun Academy 24-6

By JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun Academy Coach Gerry Winters said injuries to key players played a major role in a 24-6 loss to Hebron last Friday.


By JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun Academy Coach Gerry Winters said injuries to key players played a major role in a 24-6 loss to Hebron last Friday.
“It’s been a key factor in the last two games,” Winters said. The Cougars lost to Briarfield the week before.
“We’re having to play people that need to be resting,” Winters said. “We just don’t have the depth.”
The Cougars dropped to 4-5 on the season with the loss, but are 4-2 in the division and have already clinched a playoff berth. Friday’s game with Russell Christian will determine the third and fourth seeds entering the postseason.
Winters stressed the importance of playing “assignment football” on defense. Russell, 6-3 overall, 3-3 in division, is a “heavy run” team.
The loser of the game will have to travel to top-seed Tensas, La. to open the playoffs next week. The winner will travel to either Clinton, Sharkey or Franklin, La.
Devin Northrip was the bright spot for the Cougars in the loss at Hebron. He recorded 18 tackles, had a fumble recovery and scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Danny Joe Norman had 17 tackles for the Cougars. Kyle Carter and Cory Baggett each recorded nine.
J.T. Washington and Hunter Harmon split time at quarterback. Washington completed 4-7 for 60 yards. Harmon was 3-10 for 17 yards.
Baggett was their top receiver with five catches for 67 yards. Carter and Cameron Bryant each had receptions.
Norman led the ground game with 67 yards on 13 carries. Carter rushed for 25 yards on three rushes.
The Cougars will host senior night Friday before the game with Russell. Football player Storm Laster and cheerleaders Morgan Bollinger and Taylor Blue will be honored.

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