Friday, August 23, 2013
- by B.B. Branton
“I told our players before the game … Cleveland is a real good team and Austin Herink is an excellent pure passer and had veteran receivers to throw to.”
McCallie coach Ralph Potter
Fans showed up for a football game and a track meet broke out …
97 yard kickoff return … 65 yard punt return for a score but called back … 61 yard run from scrimmage … 60 yard scoring pass play
Staggering Numbers … 90 Points, 1,104 yards of total offense …771 passing yards … 6 aerial TDs … aforementioned long kickoff and punt returns
McCallie Long Distance Scoring: Jeffery Coleman’s 95 kickoff return for a touchdown put him on a short list of Blue Tornado players to have 90+ scoring plays
Four of the Longest Scoring Plays
*101 yard interception return – Dec.
5, 1941 (two days before Pearl Harbor) … Jimmy Adams scored on the interception in a 32-0 win against Boles Academy (Fla.)
*99 yard run from scrimmage – Sept. 25, 1993 … Marcus Hummings ran the length of the field for a score in a 29-0 win against Soddy Daisy (game played on a Saturday)
*97 yard kickoff return – Sept. 10, 1993 … Marcus Hummings ran the game’s opening kickoff back for a score in a 49-12 win against Ooltewah
*95 yard kickoff return – Aug. 22, 2013 … Jeffery Coleman returned a career best kickoff return in a 55-35 win against Cleveland
Points Allowed: 55 is the most points a Cleveland team has given up in its 49 year history … in 2009, Red Bank won, 52-5 … in 2001, Maryville won. 52-14.
Points Scored: Last time McCallie scored in the 50s was twice in 2011 - a 56-34 season opening win against McMinn County and a 52-18 win against Tyner.
Pee Wee Ball to the Bright Lights of Varsity Play: The last time McCallie sophomore quarterback Javaughn Craig ran the offense prior to tonight’s 55-35 win against Cleveland was four years ago as an 11-year-old playing for Dalewood … Doubtful he put up tonight’s numbers – 88 rushing yards and two scores and 293 passing yards and two scoring tosses – in his entire youth football career …
“I was a little nervous starting my first varsity game, but I trusted my coaches and teammates,” said Craig
Coach Potter on Craig: “This is his first varsity start so I don’t want to focus a lot on his stats in one game … we have a long season ahead.”
Quarterback Qualities: “We look for a player who has the right temperment who can deal with everything that is thrown at him … a real tough decision maker … and he has to have something special – either a great runner or passer.’
Cleveland High Octane Offense:
A combination of Kenny Stabler and Steve Young, Austin Herink, a senior lefty, was 29-44 for a staggering 478 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another.
Who To Cover: D.J. Jones Parker Smith Tyler Davis … all seniors … 20 total catches and 385 yards and a combined 4 touchdowns … with a veteran offensive line to give Herink time to find his receivers, this trio will give lots of teams fits this season.
Busy First Half –
Aerial Attack: Cleveland’s Austin Herink and McCallie’s Javaughn Craig resembled NFL future hall of famers Peyton Manning and Brady with a combined 476 passing yards and three TD passes in the first half
In the first quarter alone, Craig was 6-6 for 159 and one scoring pass, while Herink was 10-12 for 166 yards and one TD .
… 700 yards thru 3 quarters …
…. 1,104 of total offense for the game …
Shore Up the Secondary: “We had four busted plays in the secondary … but we can fix those and we will be fine …” said coach Potter
New Defense: “It’s amazing that not one player who started in the opener (vs. McMinn County) last year started tonight.” Potter stated.
Track Meet - See if you can top this …
Big Play Jones – In the first quarter, Cleveland’s D.J. Jones took a Herink pass at midfield and raced to the McCallie 2-yard- line for a 78 pass play… Herink scored on the next play to tie the game at 7-7’
Passing Fireworks: McCallie answered on the next series with its own long pass play … Craig to C.J. Fritz who out ran D.J. Jones for a 71-yard pitch and catch TD … 14-7
Punt Return Called Back
McCallie’s Jeffrey Coleman had a 65-yard scoring punt return was called back on a hold, but McCallie scored three plays later.
Key Plays For McCallie:
‘McCallie Dodged a Bullet; Trailing 21-14 with less than seven minutes before half, Cleveland had a first and goal at the McCallie 5, but the Blue Raiders had a fumble, incomplete pass and complete pass before a 24 yard missed field goal gave the ball back to McCallie..
Blue Tornado then went 80 yards for the score and a 27-14 lead
Big Play No.2: Cleveland scored twice in under a minute thanks to a pair of Herink TD passes (to Jones and Parker Smith) sandwiched around a fumble recovery by senior Kimsey Bell.
But Coleman’s 95-yard kickoff return for a score all but took the steam out of the Cleveland attack and McCallie was up 41-28
Cleveland punted on its next possession followed by Busby’s second TD run and McCallie led 48-28 and still in the third quarter
Spreading the Scoring Around: McCallie had five scorers - Javaughn Craig (2), Andrew Busby (2), Alex Trotter, Jeffery Coleman, C.J. Fritz and Spencer Morgan
First in the Seats: Cleveland parents - Shelley May, mother of Michael May (So., QB/DB) and Billy Trentham, father of Tate Trentham (So., WR/Safety) – were the first Cleveland parents in the seats at 6:05 … ironically, Mrs. May and Mr. Trentham are Bradley Central alums … Shellie was a Bears cheerleader and Billy played football and ran track in the mid-1970s … he was a senior on the 1976 state championship team … he was also a member of the district champion 2-mile relay team
Honoring the Football Past: Oct. 11 v. Bradley Central … Cleveland will recognize all football and band members from the 1960s and 70s … there will be a golf tournament earlier that day and a party on Saturday.
Blimp Minus Snoopy: Thanks to the contributions of Alan Jones and Chris Pendergrass Cleveland HS now has a Buy Here Pay Here, CHSLive Blimp for aerial shots during live streaming of future home games on the Cleveland H.S. Broadcasting Program. The blimp will be controlled by CHS students.
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