By JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun City improved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in region 1-2A with a 34-6 homecoming victory over Walnut last Friday night.
Five different Wildcats scored touchdowns in the game where Ashley Floyd was crowned 2011 Homecoming Queen.
“We didn’t play very well in the first half,” Calhoun City Head Coach Perry Liles said. “I thought we played a lot better in the second half.”
“We need to play harder in the beginning,” Liles said. “You can’t give a good team that kind of opportunity.”
Tavion Primer, pictured, accounted for the first touchdown on a 30-yard run. Jordan England’s extra point put ‘City in front 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
After a Toney Armstrong interception, the Wildcats scored on the next play when QB?Tae Lawrence carried it 11 yards into the end zone for a 14-0 first quarter lead.
The Wildcats needed two plays to score on their next possession. Lawrence threw to Primer for a 67-yard score and the lead was 21-0 heading into the half.
The Wildcats began the second half with a 64-yard, 10-play drive capped with a 20-yard scoring run by Lavarious Varnado.
Calhoun City’s final score would come on a 46-yard run by Cartin McBride in the fourth quarter.
Walnut’s only score came late in the game against Calhoun City backups.
Lawrence finished 3-4 passing for 87 yards and rushed for 26. McBride was the top rusher in the game with 94 yards. Backup QB?Chakel Gates recorded 86 and Varnado 42.
In addition to Armstrong’s interception, Rainer Nichols picked off his third of the season and Primer recorded his fifth.
“I thought Toney played really well. Cartin was also very solid on both sides of the ball,” Liles said.
Liles described Okolona, this week’s opponent, as “fast.”
“They run a lot of misdirection,” Liles said. “They’ve played a really tough schedule. They’re a good team.”