CHS downs Beulah
by Jim Smothers
CHILDERSBURG – There was a fireworks display immediately following the Childersburg-Beulah high school football game Friday night, and before Tigers coach Adam Fossett could make his way to the locker room, he was doused with a cooler full of water. The mood was so festive, one could be forgiven for thinking a championship had been won.

It wasn’t a championship, but it certainly was a breaktrough.

The Tigers won their first Region game since 2009, and have begun their season with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2006.

“This is about changing the whole scene of Childersburg football,” Fossett said. “They’re slowly buying into what we’re doing…this was sloppy, but we’ll take a sloppy win.”

It was a close, evenly matched game. The visiting Bobcats made 13 first downs and had 221 yards of total offense; Childersburg had 11 first downs and 242 yards of total offense.

A strong scoring drive late in the fourth quarter made the difference.

Childersburg drew blood in the first quarter when Lagaryius Bradley intercepted a Bobcat pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown for a 6-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Beulah failed to make a 31-yard field goal early in the quarter, but came back after recovering a Childersburg fumble to score on a 33-yard pass play, with Dustin Hudmon making the toss to David Eastridge. Caleb Boone kicked the PAT from Hudmon’s hold to go on top 7-6.

But the next time the Bobcats got they ball, it was their turn to fumble, and Derrick Jones was on top of it for Childersburg. That set up a 48-yard scoring drive for the Tigers. Kendarius Calhoun broke loose on a 42-yard sprint down the right sideline for the touchdown. Zack Lightsey passed to Derrick Jones for the two-point conversion for a 14-7 lead.

Beulah tied things up in the fourth quarter on a 62-yard, 13-play drive highlighted by runs of 17 and 18 yards by Kanan Stallworth, who scored the touchdown on a 1-yard run. Boone’s PAT made it 14-14 with 4:49 left in the game.

Courtney Reynolds returned the ensuing kickoff to the Bobcats’ 37-yard line to put the Tigers in position for the final TD of the game. Calhoun got the call on five straight plays to move the ball down to the 11-yard line. Then Lightsey called his own number and found an open lane through the middle to the goal line. The PAT was blocked, but 20-14 was all the Tigers needed to win the game.

Calhoun carried 13 times for 120 yards and was the leading rusher in the game.

In addition to the interception for a touchdown, Bradley had another interception late in the game to shut down a late Beulah Drive. Justin Baker also intercepted a Beulah pass in the first quarter.

Fossett told the team they had two days to enjoy the win before going to work to prepare for Handley on the road next week in another region game. Beulah hosts Dallas County next week.

“I was a little worried about how we prepared this week. We started out slow Monday and Tuesday and in the beginning Wednesday. Our defense played pretty well tonight, but it was really a team effort. It’s what you want out of a team,” Fossett said.

© 2012