Calhoun And East Ridge Meet In Georgia Dome

Dream Game For Some Area 12-Year-Olds

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Christmas season will be a little more special for 12-under football players from Calhoun, Ga. and East Ridge, this year.

On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Calhoun 12-under Yellow Jackets and the East Ridge Mustangs will meet up at 1 p.m. in the Georgia Dome as part of the D.L. Scott Coalition Bowl.

The two teams are a part of an extravaganza of football that will feature six youth games and two high school senior all-star games created by Dr. David L. Scott of Atlanta.

AstroTurf executive Scott Fletcher coaches the Calhoun squad and helps on the high school staff.

The East Ridge team is coached by Chattanooga area sports personality Stump Martin and plays in the Scenic City League in Chattanooga where the Mustangs made it to the Super Bowl before losing to the East Ridge Pioneers.

“I want to thank Dr. David L. Scott for this opportunity,” Mr. Martin said. “The good doctor does a lot for the youth. Can you imagine being 12-years-old and ending your season playing a super team in the Georgia Dome? This is a dream for all of these kids. Shoot, this is a dream for me.”

The Mustangs are 14-5 for the season and have added three East Ridge Pioneers to the roster for the game after losing some players at the end of the season.

“It’s been tough working practices around basketball, wrestling, school plays, concerts and chorus,” Mr. Martin said. “We’re well rounded, we have athletes, thespians, musicians and believe it or not some of them can sing. I just hope we play inspired football against Calhoun Saturday.” 

Mr. Martin’s team is made up of East Ridge and North Georgia players who play for the East Ridge Parks and Recreation.

Mr. Fletcher’s team was the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association North Georgia District Champions and GRPA State Semi-finalist, losing in overtime to Lee County.

The Yellow Jackets have outscored their competition this season 164-19 and have many of the team members who were a part of the GRPA state championship team in 2011.

"This team is a special group of kids and has been a joy to coach,” Mr. Fletcher said. “These kids represent all the right things in youth today ... great parents, good character, respect for others, and a love for their teammates.” 
 
Mr. Fletcher said he and the team are thankful for the opportunity to play in the Georgia Dome and compete against a fine East Ridge team.

“These kids have grown up watching our Calhoun High School team play many times for the state championship in the Georgia Dome, so, this for them is somewhat of a dream come true and we appreciate all of the Georgia Dome officials and game organizers for making this a reality for our kids." 
 
Mr. Fletcher said the love for football in Calhoun and the success head coach Hal Lamb has brought to the school drives the local sports community.

"Football is special in Calhoun,” he said. “Calhoun Football is really a big part of most everyone's life here. Coach Lamb and his entire staff work hard to support our youth recreation efforts. They have placed an emphasis on the early development of correct football fundamentals, but more importantly, correct character values in these young men.” 

The Yellow Jackets and Mustangs will play the sixth game of the day. The game will be followed by the North vs. Central Senior All-star game and the East vs. West Atlanta Metro All-star game. 
  


Randy Smith: Lady Vols Softball - UT's Best Program?

The Tennessee Lady Vols softball team is headed to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time. Eighth-seeded Tennessee will host Texas A&M in a best two out of three series, with the winner advancing to the Women's World Series. The Lady Vols secured the trip to the Super Regionals with a 3-0 win  Sunday  over Longwood, as sophomore pitcher Matty ... (click for more)

Morris Wins Signal Mountain Invitational

Adam Morris shot  69 on Sunday and won the championship of the annual Signal Mountain Invitational at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. Morris, the only golfer in the field to shoot in the 60s in all three rounds, finished at 203 (69-65-69). Mikey Feher finished second at 205. Randy Yoder won the Senior Flight at 212 (74-72-66). He finished two shots ahead ... (click for more)

Multi-Vehicle Accident On 1-75 Sends 3 To The Hospital Early Sunday Morning

Three people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on I-75 early Sunday morning. At approximately 1:38 East Ridge Fire, Puckett EMS and East Ridge Police received a call on I-75 southbound at the Spring Creek bridge, of a vehicle crash involving multiple vehicles and injuries. Upon arrival, officials found two tractor-trailers and five cars that were involved. One ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Drug Dealer Gets 80-Month Federal Sentence

A Chattanooga man with prior convictions for selling drugs was sentenced to serve 80 months for being a felon in possession of a weapon. Kevyn Nash appeared before Judge Travis McDonough. On Feb., 28, 2016, while on patrol in the 3700 block of Dodds Avenue, a city police officer observed a white Chrysler Concord traveling north on Dodds Avenue. Upon catching up to the vehicle ... (click for more)

Local School Boards Should Not Delegate Their Authority To Others

Education is primarily a state and local responsibility in the United States. Most Tennesseans support local control of public education by the district board of education. This includes the autonomy of the local school district to adopt curriculum, assessments, and programs to meet recognized educational goals and objectives.  It is clear in the Tennessee Constitution that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: DeVos Changes Everything

I believe that from every point on my moral compass the state’s hijacking of five public schools in Hamilton County is wrong. I also believe I can argue with success from any direction on my compass against any of the proposals or terms that Commissioner Candice McQueen just threatened to impose on the county’s Department of Education. But today let’s go to ‘True North’ on my compass ... (click for more)