Calera crushes Dallas County in road contest
By DANIEL EVANS/Special to the Reporter
PLANTERSVILLE — Dallas County (2-6) saw its playoff hopes come to an end Friday night after a 43-19 loss to Class 5A, region 4 rival Calera (7-1).
“This knocks us out of the playoffs,” Dallas County head coach Marty Smith said. “But it did not change the legacy these seniors can leave from the foundation for this program for years to come. These seniors understand that.”
Calera scored first to take a 7-0 lead, but the Hornets quickly answered as Xavier Knight ran the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown. Dallas County missed the extra point attempt.
Calera scored the game’s next two touchdowns to take a 21-6 lead with 4:49 left in the opening quarter. The Hornets answered with a Calvin Starks Jr. touchdown run to pull within 21-12. Calera tacked on another score to make it 28-12 Eagles and then stopped Dallas County inside the 10-yard line as the first half came to a close.
The Eagles’ kept producing offense in the second half, and defensively allowed only a Marcus Edwards touchdown from Dallas County in the second half.
The Eagles finished with 371 total yards of offense, with Shakeith Tyes scoring four rushing touchdowns in the contest. Trey Jones finished with a receiving touchdown, and Ty Evans tossed a score and ran for another.
Dallas County will face Demopolis next week at Selma’s Memorial Stadium, while Calera will take on Sumter Central.