Calera drops region game at Dadeville
By J.D. COWART / For the Reporter
DADEVILLE — The Dadeville High School Tigers put it all together offensively as they took down the visiting Calera Eagles 42-12 last night for their first home victory of 2011.
Big is certainly one way to put it, as the Tigers racked up 443 total yards of offense in the victory.
DHS got on the board first after marching 88-yards down the field behind the legs and arm of quarterback Kaleb Beck, as he connected with receiver David Mosley for the first touchdown of the game.
Beck finished the night 13-of-18 for 184 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles (1-2 overall, 0-2 in Class 4A, Region 3) responded to the first DHS touchdown with a long kickoff return, before the Tiger defense stopped Calera as they attempted an early fourth down play.
Dadeville then put together another scoring drive when they started from their own 33-yard line, using the combination of Jamal Crayton on the ground and Darrion Hutcherson in the air, before Beck dove into the end zone from 1-yard out to take the score to 14-0 with eight minutes left in the half.
Crayton finished the contest with 57 yards on the ground, while Hutcherson finished with 37 yards receiving.
Calera was once again stalled late in the second quarter, before the Eagles long snapper snapped the ball over the punter’s head, as DHS recovered the ball in the Calera endzone for a safety to take the score to 16-0 with seven minutes left.
Calera eventually put together a solid drive when quarterback Zack Reneau connected with wide receiver Ronnie Clark for a big gain, as the Eagles entered the DHS redzone for the first time on the night.
Reneau completed another pass to the DHS 2-yard line to Eagles receiver Jeremy Hyde, before Reneau dove into the endzone to cut the deficit to 16-6 with three minutes left in the half.
Not to be outdone, DHS got a solid kickoff return from Tevin Goodman, before Beck connected with Terry Toler for a 25-yard pass to the 1-yard line as Toler barely missed stretching over the goal line.
Beck capped off the drive on the next play when he dove into the endzone from one yard out to take the score to 22-6 heading into the half.
The Tigers offense stayed hot after the break, as sophomore C.J. Tolbert bust out from behind the offensive line for a 30-yard run to put DHS in scoring territory.
Beck then connected with receiver Zeke Heard from 19-yards out for another Dadeville score, to give the tigers a commanding 29-6 lead in the beginning of the third quarter.
The Dadeville defense stepped up their game in the second half, as CHS only managed to muster up one first down in the third quarter.
Goodman finished the night with seven tackles and a caused fumble, while lineman Rashad Blackwell finished with five tackles, including one for loss, and two sacks.
After using his legs to get DHS in scoring territory on the previous drive, Tolbert to the reins of the Tiger offense and also led DHS down the field from the quarterback position, capping the drive off with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Mosley to take the score to 36-6 with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Tolbert finished the night 2-for-4 in the air for 25 yards and a touchdown.
After a few series of three and out and the clocking running into the fourth quarter, CHS got on the board once again when Clakr rushed around the left side for an 80-yard scamper to take the score to 36-12, before the DHS junior varsity punched in another touchdown with time running out to take the final to 42-12.