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Panthers fall behind early, can’t catch up at Calera

By Josh Ethridge | Special to the Advertiser

Calera brought their record to 3-1 on the season as they cruised past Jemison on Friday, 63-15.

It took the Eagles no time at all to jump ahead of the visiting Panthers. On the third play from scrimmage, running back ShaKeith Tyes burst through a hole and sprinted for a 49-yard touchdown.

The extra point put Calera ahead 7-0 with nearly 11 minutes left in the first quarter.

After a quick, ineffective drive by Jemison, the Eagles quickly found themselves in the end zone again.

They were able to piece together a nine-play drive capped off by a 16-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Vontraer Jones. The Eagles led 14-0 with 5 minutes left in the first quarter.

Jemison followed the Calera scoring drive with another unsuccessful possession and were forced to punt after only three plays.

Keeping the ball on the ground, the Eagles were able to add one more score in the first quarter. Tyes ran in another touchdown, this time from one yard out.

At the end of the first quarter the Eagles led 21-0.

Calera added three more touchdowns before Jemison got their first. The Panthers scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Kevin Nunn with 1:33 left in the first half.

The Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and took a 49-7 lead into the half.

In the second half, Calera put their offense on cruise control and were able to crush any comeback hopes for the Panthers, despite an 18-yard touchdown run by Jemison’s Eric Evans.

“We came out and set the tone early, and that snowballed and we had a lot of success,” said Calera Head Coach Wiley McKeller. “We had a tremendous week of practice, and it didn’t surprise me that we went out and played well early.”

Calera running back ShaKeith Tyes finished the game with five total touchdowns, which included a kickoff return, a receiving score and three rushing scores.