Calera storms back, beats Elmore County
By DAVIS POTTER / Staff Writer
Calera (2-2, 1-2 in Class 4A, Region 3) erased a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Elmore County, 28-27, and claim its first region win of the season on Sept. 17.
The loss knocked the Panthers (3-1, 2-1 in Class 4A, Region 3) from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Eugene Rodgers carried the ball 24 times for 174 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles. Quarterback Zach Reneau went 12-for-18 for 131 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Trailing 27-12 after three quarters, Calera worked its way back into striking distance with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Reneau to wide receiver Ronnie Clark with 9:27 left in the fourth quarter. The Eagles two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
TeDarius King’s 1-yard touchdown run with 7:55 remaining in the contest followed by placekicker Erick Tinajero’s successful point-after attempt drew the Eagles within two at 27-25.
After stopping the Elmore County offense again, the Eagles drove the ball to the Panthers’ 19-yard line to set up Tinajero’s game-winning field goal attempt. Tinajero connected on the 36-yard field goal with 1:18 to play, lifting the Eagles to a one-point win.
Kory Whetstone and Colby Davis combined to score all four of Elmore County’s touchdowns. Davis accounted for three scores, which included a 4-yard run and two touchdown receptions.
Davis finished with six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Calera returns to action Sept. 24 in a non-region game against Jemison. Elmore County will travel to Tallassee on the same date.