Williams reflects, Calhoun and Central both fall in final outings

Published 11:45 pm Friday, October 30, 2015

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal
Both Calhoun and Central high schools found themselves on the losing side of their final football Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) outings of 2015 Friday night.
The Calhoun Tigers failed to register a win in 2015 football falling in their final outing of the season at home 56-8 Friday night to non-regional opponent Francis Marion.
And Central High fell at home Friday night to non-regional opponent Keith 48-6.
Calhoun’s lone highlights of the night came by way of a 65-yard touchdown pass from Lewis Smith to Quinterrious Arrington and 2-point conversion by Gnald Sharpe.
The Tigers ended the 2015 season 0-7 in Class 2A Region 3 play and 0-10 overall.
“We had too many turnovers again tonight,” said Calhoun head football Dewayne Williams. He attributed that to lack of preparation for the game due to players missing practice.
“We are going to push conditioning and weightlifting in the off-season to ensure better results next season,” Williams said.
Williams said 2015 was a challenge because he really didn’t know who was on the team until the second week of August. He said the team had seven quarterback who had never played organized football in addition to about 20 other players who were just in their first or second year of playing football.
“I am proud of where we came from without adequate resources like a field house, weight room and equipment,” Williams said.
He said he felt good about how his kids played against schools that had those things.
Williams suggested that until Lowndes County gets a feeder program where kids can learn football from an early age, schools such as Calhoun will continue to compete at a lower level than surrounding programs with feeder programs.
He said, “Much work is needed and we have to go back to the grind.”
Central was coming off its only win of 2015 over arch rival Calhoun. But the Lions were unable to follow that up with a win over Keith.
Malek Hill scored the Lions’ lone touchdown on an 8-yard scamper.
The Lions ended their season 1-6 in Class 2A Region 3 play and 1-9 overall.

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