CALHOUN FALLS — Christmas arrived about seven weeks early in Calhoun Falls on Friday night at Fulmer Stadium.
And Blue Flashes tailback Ray-Ray Cade tied the knot on the home team’s bow. Cade’s 24-yard touchdown with two minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the game lifted Calhoun Falls to a 24-22 win over Great Falls in the first-round Class A Division II tilt. The win means the Blue Flashes will advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in the program’s history.
“It just lets our kids, and our community and our school know how far we’ve come this season,” Calhoun Falls coach David Campbell said. “I told our kids we need to make that statement (Friday night) and they came out and played a heck of a football game. And I think they did make that statement.”
The Blue Flashes benefited from a litany of Great Falls turnovers on the night. Eight times the Red Devils put the football on the ground, with Calhoun Falls recovering five of those fumbles.
Cade accounted for 107 yards in the second half after tallying minus-17 on his first six carries. On his game-winning run, he bounced outside on a sweep play and dashed up the home sideline for the score, pointing a single finger to the sky as he burst across the goal line.
“I saw the outside, I saw daylight, and I said it’s time to get it,” Cade said of the run
His touchdown erased what had once been a 10-point Great Falls lead in the second half. The Blue Flashes (5-6) closed the game out with 12 unanswered points.
“Nobody thought we could do this. It’s the first time we came back in the second half when we were losing, and won,” Cade said.
The victory was also revenge for a 37-0 thrashing that Great Falls administered to the Blue Flashes earlier this season. The Red Devils finished the season with a record of 4-7.
“This was a tough loss,” Great Falls coach Kenneth Schofield said. “We were down some players. There’s no excuses, we should’ve won this game, but we lost. But they’re a lot different ball team than we played the first time.”
A.J. Stradford tossed a pair of touchdown passes for Calhoun Falls and ran for one. Cade also had a touchdown catch on the evening.
The Blue Flashes move on to face off against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in Round 2 action next weekend.
Great Falls 0 16 6 0 — 22
Calhoun Falls 12 0 6 6 — 24
CF — A.J. Stradford 14 pass to Ray-Ray Cade (run failed)
CF — Stradford 34 pass to J.T. Tatum (pass failed)
GF — Caldwell 3 run (Caldwell run)
GF — Blair 1 run (Culp run)
GF — Culp 6 run (run failed)
CF — Stradford 4 run (run failed)
CF — Cade 24 run (run failed)
RUSHING — GF: Caldwell 14-60, Blair 10-39, Payseur 11-78, Hoover 1-6, Culp 3-12. CF: Ray-Ray Cade 15-90, A.J. Stradford 12-12, Robert Turman 2-0, Tremon Bryant 1-(-2), Vallejo Tillman 2-2, Terrase Clinkscales 2-27.
PASSING — GF: Culp 3-12-0-95. CF: Stradford 4-8-1-74, Tillman 0-1-0-0, Cade 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — GF: Dean 2-62, Jeter 1-23. CF: Bryant 2-26, Cade 1-14, J.T. Tatum 1-34.
Records: GF (4-7 overall); CF (5-6 overall).