• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Recap: Calhoun City 47 | Baldwyn 20

For the third time in four years the Calhoun City Wildcats are North half champions and have advanced to the 2A state championship game. This time, however, the opponent will be different, as Bay Springs upset Bassfield in the South bracket.

The Wildcats(14-1) earned the right to play for a ring by beating Baldwyn(10-5), their 13th consecutive win on the season. They do with their typical, dominant rushing attack. All in all, Calhoun City rushed for seven scores, including two scores a piece for Jessie Nabors, Keshun Parker and Treshone Cooper. Anfernee Campbell added a late score, as well.

Defensively the Wildcats were more than solid, as well, holding a Bearcat offense full of playmakers to just 20 points. Besides a stout rushing attack, Calhoun City will take a brick wall of a defense into Davis-Wade stadium next Friday. They have held nine foes to single-digits this season, while having shutout five teams. That has been good enough to give the Wildcats a 29.5 points per game cushion.

Make no bones about it, Baldwyn is an exceptional team and they had a great season. After all, they were winners of nine straight before coming to “The Boneyard.” But there was no question who the better team was on Friday night. From start to finish Calhoun City showed they were the better of the two teams and they deserved to represent 2A North in the 2016 state championship match. It appears they will be hard to beat in that game.

Plenty of fans from other schools were able to see that for themselves, as well. I spotted or spoke to fans from the following areas last night: Houston, East Webster, Bruce, Vardaman(yes, the unofficial mayor of Ram country, John Macon Gillespie was there), Oxford and South Pontotoc. However, it was the home fans in black and orange that made it such a special environment.

I was super excited for my first experience at Calhoun City and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was one of the coolest places I have ever visited. Can’t wait to get back there to see the 2017 version of Wildcats football.

Player of the Game:

Jojo Gray

It would have been easy to go with one of the four ball carriers to have scored in the game. But Gray’s impact is felt on every single play. He makes the plays when his team needs it, he always plays with with a cool head under control and he has game-breaking speed at the quarterback spot.

Bonus note:

Next week when Calhoun City plays in Davis-Wade stadium they should be in focus as they are one of the best stories of championship weekend. The captains and senior class carry a number 68 jersey on the field during the coin toss. Additionally, the Wildcats don the number on the side of their helmet, as well. It is, of course, to honor fallen former teammate Thomas “Tripp” Macon III, who passed away following an automobile accident in February of 2015.

The last game Macon ever played for Calhoun City was in Starkville. The final game his senior classmates will be at 3PM Friday at Davis-Wade stadium, in Starkville, versus Bay Springs. It should bring out plenty of emotion from fans and players alike for those in black and orange.

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