Calera storms back, beats Elmore County

Calera High School senior Brandon Wells breaks away from an Elmore County defender in the Eagles' 28-27 win Sept. 17. (Contributed/Kristi Ingram)

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.