Calhoun, Cottondale oust Northview in thrilling fashion

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

Cottondale took a 26-22 advantage on an 11-yard touchdown romp by Calhoun with 6 minutes left, but the Chiefs (4-7) regained the lead when Keondrae Lett scored from 1 yard with 4:22 remaining. Lett’s touchdown was set up by Thomas’ 54-yard run on the previous play.

On the next possession, the Hornets went to work and drove down the field and thought they had taken the lead on Shaundre Macroy’s 29-yard run only to see the ball moved back 15 yards on a penalty. Cottondale kept fighting, and Justin Klotz’s 20-yard pass to Macroy gave Cottondale a first down at the Northview 5. Calhoun muscled his way into the end zone two plays later to give his team the lead for good.

Calhoun finished with 35 carries for 184 yards, compiling 85 yards in the fourth quarter alone.

Cottondale led 12-6 briefly in the second quarter, but Northview responded with a pair of touchdowns before halftime to carry a 22-12 advantage into the locker room.

The Hornets turned the ball over on downs at the Northview 6 with 5 seconds remaining in the first half and missed a chance to carve into Northview’s two-possession lead before halftime.

Cottondale scored on the opening drive of the second half to pull within 22-20 just 3½ minutes into the third quarter. Marcus Johnson took a pitch on an end-around and then squared up to throw, and Emmanual Lockhart tracked down Johnson’s pass in the back of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown. Calhoun punched in the two-point conversion.

After falling behind 6-0 early in the game, the Hornets answered with Calhoun’s 1-yard plunge into the end zone on fourth down to even the score at 6-6 with 4½ minutes left in the opening quarter.



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