Calhoun, Cottondale oust Northview in thrilling fashion

Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM.

COTTONDALE — Some games have to be seen to be believed. This was one of them.

For a second consecutive week, Norris Calhoun and the Cottondale Hornets turned what appeared to be near-certain defeat into a thrilling, heart-pounding 34-28 victory Friday night in the Region 1-1A championship game.

Cottondale’s win propelled the Hornets into a state semifinal showdown at home this Friday, Nov. 29, against undefeated and No. 1-ranked Blountstown.

Northview, the defending Class 1A state champion, fell short in its bid for a third straight trip to the state semis.

Calhoun, with a big push from his offensive linemen, punched the ball into the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Hornets (8-4) a 34-28 lead with 50 seconds left in the game. Calhoun was stood up shy of the line of scrimmage before two of his teammates joined the pile and pushed it forward across the goal line.

Northview’s Neino Robinson returned the ensuing kickoff to his team’s 42-yard line, and Robinson raced 28 yards with a reception on the next play to move the ball to Cottondale’s 30. The Hornets forced an incompletion on the next play, however, and they held Ladarius Thomas to 12 yards on the game’s final play to send Cottondale players, coaches and fans alike racing onto the field to celebrate.

Cottondale now will welcome Blountstown — a 34-0 winner over Port St. Joe Friday night — to its home field Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff with a berth in the state championship game on the line.

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