Eagles soar past Jemison for second place in region

Published 12:58 am Saturday, October 26, 2013

High flyers: Jemison’s defense was unable to contain the Eagles.

High flyers: Jemison’s defense was unable to contain the Eagles.

By Drew Granthum | Shelby County Reporter

The Oct. 25 matchup between Calera and Jemison had all the makings of a shootout as both squads came in with 7-1 records.

It was not to be, as Calera dismissed the Panthers, 52-14, to clinch second place in the area.

The Eagles (8-1 overall, 6-1 region) opened the game with the ball, and took 10 plays to score on a Stephen Ellison 32-yard field goal.

After holding Jemison (7-2, 5-2) to a three-and-out, Calera put together a nine-play drive that ended when Ronnie Clark scored from eight yards out. Ellison’s point-after was good, and the Eagles led 10-0 with 5:41 left in the first.

Jemison appeared ready to pounce back into the game, but a fumble on the Calera 12 resulted in no points after a 72-yard drive.

Six plays later, Calera made the Panthers pay, as Clark again scored on the ground.

Jemison’s Kevin Nunn was intercepted by Tyler Harrell, which led to a Shakeith Tyes 10-yard touchdown run.

Nunn was picked off again by Harrell, who this time returned it 80 yards for a score. At the end of the first half, Calera led 31-0.

Clark and Tyes scored again in the second half before Jemison got on the board, when John Underwood scored from two yards out. He also took in the two-point try, making the score 45-8 with 11:53 left in the half.

Jemison scored on its next possession when Nunn hit Justin Caudle for a 35-yard score. The two-point try was no good, and the score was 45-14.

The final score of the game came on the ensuing kickoff, as Tyes returned the kick for an 81-yard score, making it 52-14 in favor of the Eagles.