TD the difference for Fort Hill
Sentinels defeat Southern, 10-3
October 22, 1994
was a bloody, red war Friday night at Greenway Avenue
Stadium as second-ranked Fort Hill and fifth-ranked
Southern virtually knocked heads and never stopped.
But in the end, it was the team speed of the Sentinels
that took them to a 10-3 victory over the Rams.
Calhoun hit Shannon Trimble for a 46-yard touchdown
pass while Jimmy Budd kicked the extra point and a 27-yard
field goal - all in the second quarter - and the Fort
Hill defense let that stand through a tense second half
as the Sentinels stayed perfect through seven games.
difference was our defense," said Fort Hill coach
Mike Calhoun. "The penalties took away from our
offense. We had a touchdown called back in the second
quarter when we were on the verge of blowing it open.
But it was the play of our defense that locked this
up for us."
coach Tom Woods agreed, saying the Sentinels' defense
and overall speed were the keys of the game. "I
think their team speed, obviously, and how they use
it on defense. Fort Hill did an excellent job of taking
our quarterback away from us."
the first half, (halfback Shannon) Trimble took us out
of our defense and we had to double cover him. When
you play a school with as many fine athletes as Fort
Hill has, it's difficult for a 1A team. It's harder
for you when you go up the ladder. Just as if Fort Hill
(Class 2A) would be playing a 4A school, they would
have run into more good athletes. Tonight, Fort Hill
had too many good athletes for us."
game was anything but pretty as both teams went after
each other as though they had known - and disliked -
each other for years. Fort Hill held Southern to 66
yards on 34 carries and one yard passing. Fort Hill
rushed the ball 37 times for 106 yards with fullback
D.J. Jenkins gaining 75 on 20 carries. Matt Calhoun
completed six out of 10 passes for 133 yards. Trimble
caught five of those passes for 116 yards.
was hit with seven penalties for 60 yards. Fort Hill
was penalized 10 times for 120 yards.
game moved at a quick pace early as neither team could
establish ball movement. The initial first down of the
game did not come until the 11:00 mark of the first
half when Southern was hit with a personal foul on fourth
down to give the Sentinels the ball at the Rams' 46.
second and 10, Calhoun pump-faked from the pocket and
found a streaking Trimble down the right sideline for
the 46-yard touchdown. Trimble was then hit for an unsportsmanlike
conduct call for celebrating in the end zone.
Hill lined up for the kick that would have had to cover
35 yards, but Southern was then hit twice for being
offsides and Budd kicked the 25-yard extra point.
Southern punted, the Sentinels took over at their 26.
On third-and-four, Calhoun found Trimble on the same
play to the left side for a 64-yard touchdown. That
play, however, was nullified because of holding on Fort
Sentinels went right back to Trimble on an out to the
left flat and he picked up 34 yards to put the ball
on the Southern 46. Fort Hill then worked Jenkins inside
on four plays, but Southern linebacker Paul Berkeridge
came up with the interception to stop the drive at the
Southern returned the favor three plays later as Fort
Hill's Aaron Goetz recovered a fumble at the Southern
Sentinels then put together a seven-play, 39-yard drive
to set up Budd's 27-yard field goal and Fort Hill led,
10-0, at the half.
put together a 14-play, 61-yard scoring drive that ate
up much of the third quarter. Fort Hill was called twice
for facemasking and Jeremy Fitzwater kicked a 20-yard
field goal at 1:17 of the third after he was kept two
yards shy of the end zone by Jenkins.
Hill would then drive to the Southern 23; but the Rams
stopped them on downs. Southern would not get to its
30 on its final two offensive possessions while Fort
Hill twice took the ball deep into Southern territory
on its final two possessions.
Sentinels ran out the clock after Trimble returned a
punt 48 yards to the Southern 11.
was the most physical game I can remember at Southern
High School," said Woods. "I will be eternally
grateful to our kids for accepting this challenge of
coming into the stadium and playing a power like Fort
Hill. We looked them in the eye, and there was only
a whisker between us."
seen Southern play all year," said Calhoun. "They
are a good, good football team that is well-coached.
I hope they'll reconsider and renew the contract after
it expires next year. This could be a great rivalry."
Hill will play at Jefferson on Friday while Southern
(5-2) is at Pocahontas County.