Game: Woodstock (2-2) at Calhoun (3-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: First meeting
All-time series: First meeting
Prediction: Calhoun 34, Woodstock 28
Two programs coming off blowout victories will meet for the first time Friday in the final non-region games for each this season.
Woodstock (2-2) defeated Campbell 48-7 at home last Friday. It was the most points the Wolverines have scored since 2017 and they were led by a quarterback playing in his first varsity football game. Daniel Comeau finished 23-for-35 for 277 yards with five touchdowns.
“We were trying to figure out our identity on offense,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. “We’ve got guys on the outside, very talented receivers. Even our running back is a talented receiver. (Dan) Comeau throws a good ball, and he didn’t even play football last year. He’s a baseball player. He came out this year though and he played two JV games for us already. He was confident with his reads and hopefully we can keep the reads simple for him.”
The seven points allowed was the fewest for Woodstock this season and a similar effort will be needed against a Calhoun team, which scored 60 points a week ago. Woodstock safety David Daniel — 30 tackles, two forced fumbles, one blocked kick — continues to lead the backend of the defense while linebacker Carson Gray — county-highs with eight tackles for loss and five sacks — has been one of the most productive defensive players in the county.
Calhoun (3-1) — ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA — is coming off a 60-0 win over Ridgeland and on the season has outscored opponents 137-59.
“Calhoun is a great historical program,” Budde said. “The atmosphere of that stadium and town, it’s definitely a football town, that experience will help us. We’ve got five tough region games to get ready for and playing a team like Calhoun will help because we’ll have to play our best to beat them.”
Calhoun running back Jerrian Hames was named a preseason all-state selection and has an experienced offensive line in front of him. Hames tallied 152 yards and three touchdowns against Ridgeland.
Quarterback Christian Lewis was the state’s passing leader in Class AAAAA with 717 yards and in Calhoun’s lone loss this season to McCallie (TN), wide receiver Cole Speer set a program record for receiving yards in a game with 221 on seven receptions.
“(Calhoun) is a solid spread offense,” Budde said. “They really make you defend the whole field. Their quarterback can certainly throw it and their line blocks it really well. Our defense has been playing really well. We’ve had a few teams now that have really focused on running the ball and we’ve been able to hold our own with the run game, but Calhoun is going to spread us out a little bit more and we’re going have to rally to the ball outside.”