Calhoun gets first points while Central suffers first shutout in road losses Friday

Published 2:00 am Saturday, October 14, 2017

By Fred Guarino

In Friday, Oct. 13 football action, the Central Lions and the Calhoun Tigers both fell on the road to regional opponents. But in a reversal of fortunes, Calhoun scored its first points of the season while Central suffered its first shutout of the year.

The Central Lions fell to Goshen 59-0 to go 2-5 overall and 2-3 in 2A Region 3.

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The Calhoun Tigers fell to Elba 68-12 to go 0-7overall and 0-4 in 2A Region 3 play.

Calhoun head football coach Ervin Starr said his team did a “great job of not being intimidated by a very good 5-1 football team on the road.” He said his Tigers, “got better tonight.”

Donterius Robinson scored for the Tigers on a 73-yard kickoff return with 20 second left in the first half. And Kyle Brown ran a quarterback sneak in for a score with 40 second left in the game.

Starr also said, “Allen Perdue was an “Iron Man” playing on the offensive line, the defensive line, as well playing as a linebacker and running back.

The Tigers travel to face Zion Chapel in another regional game on Friday, Oct. 20.

Central head football coach Quinn Hambrite said his team failed to score Friday night.

He said the first quarter against Goshen looked promising with three straight stops by his defense. However, he said, the offense just “couldn’t get going all night.”

Hambrite said, “We didn’t come out with our A game at all collectively. We are still missing tackles and dropping open passes.”

While Hambrite said, “Everything comes with time,” he said, “Time is running out on this season.”

He said the Lions still have a chance to make the playoffs, however, if they can beat Luverne.

He said Goshen has some pretty good athletes, but the Lions have to learn to fight through adversity. He said Goshen wasn’t 59 points better than his team, “But tonight they were.”

The Central Lions travel to face Southside Selma in a non-regional encounter on Thursday, Oct. 20.