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Clay-Battelle whips Calhoun County, 45-22

Created on:   Sat, Sep 30, 2017   12:50 AM

Last modified:   Sat, Sep 30, 2017   12:49 AM

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BLACKSVILLE — After a week of homecoming festivities at Clay-Battelle High, football head coach Ryan Wilson wanted the team to cap it all off with a win Sept. 29.

The Cee-Bees (4-1) did exactly that, beating Calhoun County (0-6), 45-22.

It was all big plays to begin the game as the two teams combined for 227 yards and three touchdowns without any first downs in the first five possessions.

The Cee-Bees (4-1) scored on their play of the game. A 58-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Seth Casino to Travis Dille put C-B on the board just 19 seconds into the game.

Calhoun County answered on its second possession, with an 88-yard touchdown pass from Adam Parsons to Mason Bailey.

But Logan Forquer broke through tackles on the kickoff return for an 81-yard run into the end zone.

After that burst, Clay-Battelle began running the ball more, spreading out the field and gaining first downs.

“Any time you can win is great,” Wilson said. “We were sitting at halftime feeling good about what we did. The kids were really focused and wanted to cap this week off with a win. [Calhoun County’s] first touchdown ... they slipped that one on us. Our kids realized we missed it and we got it correct. That was the big thing and we played well after.”

C-B went on to score five unanswered touchdowns leading into the third quarter.

The defense was executing just as well in stopping the run game. Calhoun County was held to four first downs and 37 yards.

A big key in this stoppage was Kevin Gorbey. The 6-foot-5, 220pound lineman tallied eight tackles, six unassisted, and two sacks. In total, Parsons was sacked six times.

Gorbey “had an exceptional game,” Wilson said. “He was all over the field making plays. We told them at halftime, we had some sacks and that was not only from a good defensive line but good pass coverage by defensive backs. It was a total team effort.”

Michael Stewart pulled down nine tackles and Sean Hayes added six.

Though Parsons connected on just 7 of 21 passes, the Red Dragons chewed up 235 yards through the air.

Defensively, Calhoun County tried stopping C-B’s leading rusher, Dille. However, Dille still totaled 191 yards on 28 carries with one touchdown. He also accounted for 10 of the team’s 13 first downs.

Much of this success all started with a good performance from the offensive line.

“Travis runs very hard and he saw the hole and was able to stick it in there,” Wilson said. “We were at the point where we weren’t trying to pass the ball. Just pick up first downs and run the clock. But the offensive line did a very good job in allowing that.”

Casino completed 6 of 7 passes for 121 yards and four touchdowns. Levi Carrico also got reps in at quarterback. Although he did not complete any of his three attempts, Wilson is confident he will continue to progress with time.

“Seth did fine,” Wilson said. “There were a couple passes where we were seeing other people but he is seeing the field better and better each game. That will come in time. Same with Levi Carrico, he is starting to see the field and match-ups better. This is only game five and they are doing fine.”

Casino threw to three receivers for touchdowns including 58 yards to Dille, 27 and 26 to Camden Varner, and 8 to Gunner Brummage.

Next, C-B travels to Paden City for a 7 p.m. kickoff Oct. 6.