By Doug Hawley
Murray County High School football coach Chad Brewer was undoubtedly not satisfied with the final result in his team’s 61-0 loss to Calhoun on homecoming Friday night at Murray Field.
He had no problem with the determination his players showed, though.
Murray County fell to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in Region 7-2A one week after falling 62-14 at Model, which entered Friday night sharing the region standings lead with Calhoun (6-1, 4-0), the fifth-ranked team in the Georgia Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A state poll.
“Our effort was there,” Brewer said. “It was much better than last week against Model. We just didn’t have the effort that night.”
The Indians, looking intent on avoiding a shutout, advanced all the way to the Yellow Jackets’ 3 in the final minute before being stymied.
“I’m not that disappointed,” Brewer said. “We were fighting all of the way to the end.”
Calhoun exploded to a 28-0 first quarter lead and was up 41-0 at halftime. A running clock was used in the final two quarters.
“The Murray kids are battling,” Calhoun coach Hal Lamb said. “They’re much better than last year. Chad’s going about it in the right way as they rebuild.”
In the first half, Calhoun quarterback Fields Chapman had three touchdown passes — to Logan Walraven (14 yards), Chandler Curtis (62 yards) and Tydus Curtis (54 yards). He completed 5 of 8 passes for 166 yards before retiring for the night.
Cole Jackson added a pair of touchdown runs from 4 and 3 yards away, while quarterback Kaelan Riley collaborated with Chazz Moss on a 61-yard scoring toss. By halftime, Calhoun had a dominating 369-35 edge in total yards.
In the second half, the Jackets’ touchdown scorers were Jireh Wilson (30-yard run), Olico Dennis (33-yard run) and Malik Lawrence (40-yard pass from Baylon Spector).
“We handled the game well,” Lamb said. “We could have lost our concentration. We dressed out 95 players, and 88 or 89 got into the game.”
Riley contributed 114 yards passing on 5 of 8 completions, while Jackson had 108 yards rushing on eight carries.
Quarterback Justin Smith had Murray’s biggest play of the night, a 29-yard ramble to the 50 on the final drive.
Once the Indians got to the 3, a journey that was aided by a pass interference call, they suffered two losses on runs and were pushed back to the 12.
Murray County’s defense came up with two Calhoun fumbles — one in each half.