No Clark, no problem as Eagles cruise in jamboree

FROM STAFF REPORTS

FAYETTEVILLE —  While former Calera standout Ronnie Clark is preparing to help the Crimson Tide win another national championship, the community of Calera quietly wondered what the Eagles would do without him.

The answer came Aug. 21 when the Eagles traveled to Fayetteville to take on the Tigers from B.B. Comer in a jamboree and came away with a 30-6 victory in two quarters of action.  The scoring began on the second play from scrimmage, as senior running back ShaKeith Tyes broke three Tiger tackles en route to a 72-yard touchdown run to make the score 6-0 early in the first quarter.

The Eagle defense then stood strong as sophomore linebacker Jaramy Dozier sacked the quarterback on third down, forcing a Tiger punt.  The Eagle offense once again scored quickly on a 63-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Ty Evans to junior wide receiver Kyle Harrell.  The point after attempt was good, pushing the Eagles’ lead to 13 after just nine plays in the game.

Seniors Dylan Reddin and Lane Johnson combined for a sack on third down forcing the Tiger offense to punt again on their next possession.  The Eagles scored yet again on their next possession, capping off an eight-play drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Evans to junior wide receiver Zach Gaines.  The PAT made the score 20-0 with 1:48 left to go in the first quarter.

The Eagle defense stood strong once again on the Tigers next possession, holding them to a three and out and allowing the offense to take over on their own 36-yard line.  Six plays later Tyes found the end-zone again from two yards out and with a successful PAT, the Eagles led 27-0 with 8:57 to go in the second quarter.  On the following possession, the Tigers scored their lone touchdown of the night to cut the lead to 27-6 with 6:35 left in the second quarter.

The Eagle offense put more points on the scoreboard on their next drive when senior kicker Austin Ford bombed a 50-yard field goal.  Ford’s field goal was the final score for the night, as the Eagles coasted to a 30-6 victory.

The Eagles’ offensive attack was led by ShaKeith Tyes, who had seven carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns.  Quarterback Ty Evans was a perfect five for five through the air, accounting for 102 yards and two touchdowns.  Alex Dozier led the defense with seven tackles.

“Our guys are capable but untested,” Calera head coach Wiley McKeller said.  “I can’t wait to see our players perform in a physical, four quarter battle against a very good Bibb County team next week.”

The Eagles will host Bibb County on Friday, Aug. 29th at 7:00 p.m. at Ricky Cairns Memorial Stadium to open up the season.