September 7, 2013

Lights go out as Cats fall to Calhoun, 0-2

Devin Golden

CALHOUN — The lights went out at halftime of the game. Dalton High School’s football team hopes the lights isn’t out on its season.

A longer-than-usual halftime didn’t change anything for the Catamounts on Friday night against rival Calhoun.

Dalton’s defense looked strong while holding the Yellow Jackets to two touchdowns and a field goal, but the offense only managed 114 yards as the Yellow Jackets extended its winning streak in the series to five with a 17-2 victory at Phil Reeve Stadium.

Calhoun (2-0) led Dalton (0-2) 14-2 at halftime, but the second half took a while to start. Toward the end of the break, the lights at the northeast corner of the stadium went out and delayed the start of the second half for about an hour.

The Yellow Jackets gained 383 yards but had four turn-overs. Three came in the first half — two in Dalton territory — and one on the second play of the second half.

Dalton’s Nathan Bryant and Eder Mora had interceptions, while Jay Rockholt and Devonte Davis recovered fumbles. Chipper Elrod’s safety with 22 seconds left in the first quarter prevented the shutout.

“Any time you can keep a good Calhoun team — and this is a good Calhoun team — to 17 points, you should win the game,” Dalton coach Matt Land said.

Calhoun scored with 3:01 left in the first quarter on a 59-yard pass from Fields Chapman to Tydus Curtis. Chapman-to-Curtis finished the first half scoring with a 71-yard pass with 28.1 seconds left before halftime.

The only second-half score was a 36-yard field goal from Calhoun’s Brandon Blaylock with 8:43 to play.