Calera dominant over 2A Jackets

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 5, 2006

The Calera Eagles swooped into Vincent Friday night and despite what first year head football coach Mac Thompson said was a sloppy performance, came away with a 49-24 victory.

&8220;We&8217;ve done everything we could in the summer to get better. The kids are playing hard. They&8217;ve got some talent if we can just channel that into being productive and not making so many mistakes.&8221;

Calera was penalized 11 times for 104 yards to seven times for 35 yards against Vincent.

He noted that two safeties and two touchdowns were called back against Calera.

But Thompson said, &8220;Any time you can beat Vincent, it&8217;s good because coach Spradley always has his guys ready. They&8217;re not very big or have a lot of kids, but they are always well coached, well prepared.&8221;

Thompson said his junior running back Kaderius Lacey is one of those kids who are always going to make plays.

Lacey carried four times for 48 yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Earl Haynes completed 8 of 13 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

&8220;We&8217;ve got some pretty good guys that can go,&8221; Thompson said. &8220;It&8217;s just getting them all tied in together.&8221;

Calera receivers caught nine passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns.

Spradley said, &8220;You try to find a silver lining in everything you do, but we told our guys at halftime that basically how they played the second half really was going to determine in my mind where we were going the rest of the season.&8221;

He said what he saw speaks well for the rest of the season and that he thought his guys &8220;battled hard and ended on a positive note.&8221;

Spradley noted among positives the play of Octavious Looney, who caught three passes for 42 yards;

Orlando Pelmer, who rushed 19 times for 75 yards; and Corey DeLoach who completed 7 of 19 passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns.

Calera struck first on a 36-yard pass from Haynes to Lacey and a Carlos Gomez kick. The Eagles followed that with an 18-yard run and Gomez kick. Next, Haynes hit Lacey with a 6-yard pass, followed by Gomez&8217; kick for a 21-0 lead.

Vincent responded with a 11-yard pass from DeLoach to Looney before the Eagles built a 43-point lead on a 21-yard Dominique Wilson run and Gomez kick; 30-yard pass from Haynes to Brian Watts and Gomez kick; 22-yard Chris Cunningham run and Gomez kick; and a 34-yard pass from Paul Winterbottom to Seth Merrite and Gomez kick.

Vincent scored on a 14-yard pass to Looney and Pelmer kick; a safety; and a one-yard run by Pelmer and 2-point pass play from DeLoach to Pelmer