Calera drops Jemison
For three quarters Friday night, Calera and Jemison went toe to toe and were tied 21-21. The fourth quarter was all Calera as they scored 21 unanswered points to pull away for a key 42-21 region victory.
Calera head coach Scott Martin credited his team’s motto for the victory. “Our team motto is that we can wear them down through four quarters and we’re going to play all four quarters,” Martin said. “It helps that we play 22 kids and don’t start anyone both ways. We were extremely proud that our guys fought and played for all four quarters.”
With all the offense on the night, the play of the night came on a defensive stand for Calera deep in their own territory. On fourth and one from their seven yard line, Travis Green was able to tackle Jemison running back Javae Swindle in the backfield for a loss on the play.
“I saw it was a counter and said to myself that I can’t let him get that first down,” Green said about the play. “I grabbed onto him and I wasn’t letting go.”
Calera took over on downs with eight minutes remaining in the game and took little time making the defensive stand count. Quarterback Brandon Wells found Trent Posey on a crossing route at the 15 yard line and Posey was able to get a block and take it the distance for a 93 yard touchdown reception. Nathan Langer added the PAT to give Calera a 28-21 lead.
“I had a blocker downfield who made a very good block on the play,” Posey said. “I was able to find a crease to the outside and take it all the way.
After holding Jemison on three plays, Calera got the ball and went to work in a hurry. On their third play, Wells kept the ball on quarterback keeper and scored from twenty-two yards out for his third rushing touchdown of the night. Langer added the PAT to put Calera up 35-21 with just over five minutes left in the game.
Brandon Wells credited the entire offense for his touchdown runs. “It takes focus from the other ten guys on the offense,” Wells said. “Without them, the three touchdown runs would have been zero touchdown runs. They deserve the credit because without them, none of it would have been possible.
One minute later, Calera was right back on the scoreboard as Eugene Rodgers finished off the scoring on the night with his second touchdown, this one from 13 yards out. Langer added the PAT to make the final score 41-21.