December 8, 2012

Prep football: Calhoun will play for title again

CALHOUN — Calhoun has been unbeatable at Phil Reeve Stadium this season and for the past five seasons.

Next week in the GHSA Class 2A state championship game, the Yellow Jackets will play in the place they like to think of as their home away from home.

The Jackets defeated Lamar County, 21-14, in a very hotly-contested semifinal game to punch their ticket to their fifth straight state title game at the Georgia Dome. Calhoun will be looking for its second straight state championship.

“Lamar is a great team, and this was one of those games where everything that could go wrong, went wrong, but the kids found a way tonight,” said Calhoun coach Hal Lamb. “It’s an awesome feeling (to be going back to the Georgia Dome). I’m so happy for this community and for the kids because not a lot of people thought we would be back here after all the kids we lost last year.”

Calhoun (14-0) will now take on Jefferson in the Class AA State Championship Game at the Georgia Dome next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Jackets defeated Jefferson in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Calhoun didn’t play their best game on Friday night as their offense sputtered and was shut out in the second half, but the Calhoun defense came up with stop after stop down the stretch. The final stop came on the last play as senior defensive back Donnell Anthony intercepted a pass by Lamar County quarterback Lance Austin in the end zone as time expired.

The first half was competitive throughout with Calhoun getting a late second-quarter touchdown, which would prove to be the game-winner.

That score was a 22-yard run by Alex Urbano just a few plays after the Jackets forced a Lamar County punt from their own three-yard line. It was the second score of the first half for Urbano as he rumbled in from two yards away earlier in the second quarter. He finished the game with 160 yards on 24 carries.

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