McCallie Tops McMinn Co., 41-6

Ralph Potter Gains 150th win

Friday, August 30, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Highlighted by a three-touchdown first quarter, host McCallie defeated McMinn Co., 41-6, Friday in a non-district high school football game.

The Blue Tornado also scored three times in the second quarter, while the Cherokees scored their lone touchdown in the opening 12 minutes as all scoring on both sides was done in the first half..

Quarterback JaVaughn Craig and running back Paul Silverblatt had two touchdowns each for the victors, fullback Andrew Busby posted a 55-yard run to pay dirt and Craig had a 62-yard scoring pass play to C.

J. Fritz.

Craig rushed for 58 yards on seven carries, including the two scores and was 5-7 passing for 97 yards and the one scoring toss.

McMinn County’s score was a 29-yard pass play from Corbin Powers to Trevor Crisp late in the opening quarter..

“This was a good win, but we must get better,” said McCallie coach Ralph Potter.

“We were at 50-60% efficiency tonight and that has to go up. The improvement starts with good mental focus in practice.”

150 Career Wins: Now in his 20th year as a head coach at three different D-II schools, Potter earned his 150th (75 losses)  win Friday.

McCallie improves to 2-0 for first time in four years, while McMinn County is 1-1.

“That’s a good football team we played tonight,” said McMinn Co. coach Bo Cagle. “We had opportunities to come back, but we didn’t take advantage of them. We were too inconsistent.”

Quick Striking Tornado: Senior fullback raced 55 yards on the second play of the game from scrimmage as McCallie led 8-0 (Tyler Payne ran for rhe 2-point conversion) after 43 seconds of play.

Craig then sored on runs of 27 and 1 yards as McCallie had a 21-0 lead with 6:13 of the first and never looked back. 

 Next Week: McCallie hosts Pope John Paul II, while McMinn County hosts Cleveland.

Good Punting: McCallie senior Charlie Lindeman had five punts for a 43 yd. avg, with a long of 53.

Fumble Recovery: McCallie, Ryan Edwards, Nic Najar

Good Sounds: Kudos to both school bands for entertaining music throughout the game.

 

McCallie 41, McMinn Co. 6 

 McMinn Co. 6-0-0-0 -- 6

McCallie 21-20-0-0 -- 41

 

Game Stats:

First Downs: McCallie 14-9

Rushing: McC (38-246), McMinn (34-72)

Passing: McC 7-20, 97 yds  ... McM, 11-22, 99 yds 

Fumbles/Lost: McC - 2-0 ... McMinn 3-2

Punting: McC  5 for 43 ... McMinn Co. 8 for 27.6

McCallie 41, McMinn Co. 6

McC - Andrew Busby 55 run (Tyler Payne run), 8-0 1st Q … 11:17

McC – JaVaughn Craig 27 run (kick failed), 14-0 1st  Q … 7:57

McC – Craig 1 run (Peter Phillips kick), 21-0 1st Q …6:13

McM – Trevor Crisp 29 pass from Corbin Powers (kick failed), 21-6 , 1st Q… 3:55

McC – Paul Silverblatt 12 run (kick failed), 27-6 , 2nd Q … 10:10

McC – C.J. Fritz 62 pass from Craig (Phillips kick), 34-6, 2nd Q … 6:26

McC – Silverblatt 32 run (Phillips kick), 41-6, 2nd Q … 3:50

McCallie 2-0, McMinn Co. 1-1

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.brantton@comcast.net


Former Chattanooga Lookout, Corey Seager, Turns 23 Today

Before steadily hitting and fielding his way to the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year , Corey Seager was a blue-chip prospect for the Dodgers. In 2014, he played 38 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts.  Today (April 27th, Seager celebrates his 23rd birthday (yes, he's still that young), and he is well one his way to much success in Major League baseball. ... (click for more)

Lookouts Snap Losing Streak With 5-4 Win Over Generals At Jackson

Facing the first place Jackson Generals on the road was no easy task but the Chattanooga managed to rally for a 5-4 win Thursday evening. Both pitching staffs struggled with their control with 15 total walks in the game. The win moved the Lookouts to a game under .500 at 10-11. Despite falling behind in the fifth inning, the Lookouts rallied in the top of the sixth, putting ... (click for more)

County School Teachers To Get 3% Raise Under Balanced County School Budget

Hamilton County Schools teachers are slated to get three percent pay increases under the balanced budget approved by the School Board on Thursday afternoon. That comes on top of a two percent hike last year. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said a large influx of cash came from the state, and Governor Bill Haslam outlined that it was to raise the pay level for teachers. ... (click for more)

Law Enforcement Shuts Down Convenience Store Near College Hill Courts As Public Nuisance

Law enforcement on Thursday took steps to shut down a convenience store near the College Hill Courts as a public nuisance. The action was taken after District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed a petition with Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz about the Westside Shop. The store is operated by Salma Ambo, and the real property is owned by AAA Investment Properties LLC. The petition ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: County Commissioners Not Getting Bang For Their School Bucks

The Hamilton County School Board passed a balanced budget to present to the County Commission at a Special Called Meeting on Thursday night. They also attached a prioritized list of $24.5 million in critical needs for the County Commission to consider that will never see the light of day. The long and short of it is easy to see -- the County Commissioners have had enough. It ... (click for more)