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Keith blasts Calhoun in finale

ORRVILLE — Keith High coach Harry Crum and his Bears were bothered by a drizzle in Friday night’s homecoming football game in J.V. Caldwell Memorial Stadium.

And the Calhoun Tigers also troubled them for about as long.

Keith added an exclamation point to its regular season with a 52-7 victory over Calhoun, sparked by the four scoring runs by senior Dwan Lewis.

Lewis rushed for touchdowns of 11, 12, 7 and 22 yards, while junior quarterback Jeremy Crum ran for one TD (3 yards) and passed for another to ninth-grader Rodney Ellis (65).

Ninth-grader Raheem Velazquez added a 6-yard scoring run for playoff-bound Keith.

Coach Crum said he was proud of the way his Bears ended the regular season and advanced to the playoffs next week. Keith goes to Reform next Friday to meet the 9-1 Pickens County Tornadoes, who lost to Gordo 28-7 Thursday.

“We’ve come a long way this year,” Crum said. “We had some issues early on and we had to make some changes. Frankly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out, but I think it has been good for us in the long run.”

Crum said when his squad lost to Southside 18-14 earlier this season, he saw a change.

“I thought we were on our way to something,” he said. “We have a lot of athletes on the team, and we are developing young men. It’s not all about winning and losing. We want to teach things like respect.”

Keith had only one blip on defense and the points came quickly for Calhoun. The Tigers started from their own 32-yard line on their first possession after the Bears had scored on a seven-play series for an 8-0 lead. Calhoun sent Devel Goldsmith around right end for no gain.

Then Rodrecious Bibb took a reverse around right end for 68 yards with 6:16 to play in the first quarter. The Tigers didn’t find the end zone after that.

The Keith defense forced Calhoun to give the ball up on downs twice and stopped other drives on two fumbles and one interception.