Friday: East Webster (4-0, 4-0 Region 1-1A) at Calhoun City (3-1, 3-1), 7 p.m.
See more on this game and many others in Friday’s Daily Journal.
Before the season began, Calhoun City coach Mike Ray said this defensive unit was one of the best he’s had. He’s about to find out for sure.
East Webster brings one of the state’s most well-rounded offenses in Class 1A, where most teams run first and pass on the passing game. Not the Wolverines. QB Jonathan Banks, a junior, has thrown for 352 yards and five TDs, and it would be more, but he hasn’t had to play a whole game – East Webster’s average margin of victory is 39 points.
“We’re having to prepare a little bit more because of the extra weapons they do have,” Ray said. “They have a passing game, and they can do it really well.”
Calhoun City’s front seven has proved tough to crack, and the secondary will have to prove the same. Senior cornerback Senotris Herrod will lead that effort; as a freshman, he was second in the state in interceptions, and “since then, there haven’t been a whole lot of passes thrown his way,” Ray said.
Ray has faith in two freshmen who rotate on the other side – Aaron Thompson and Demarius Howard. “They’re going to be something special one of these days.”
Those corners will also have to contend with East Webster tailback Reginald O’Briant, who’s rushed for 579 yards and can hit the corner fast.
There’s a good chance this game will decide the Region 1-1A champion, though Okolona did beat Calhoun City two weeks ago. Ray gave the Chieftains credit, but he also said the Wildcats’ performance was “one of the worst games I’ve been associated with here in a long time. Guys weren’t really focused on the game.”
Can’t do that this week.