Luverne earns homecoming victory over Calhoun

Published 11:09 pm Friday, October 5, 2012

Luverne's Jamarcus June scored three touchdowns for the Tigers against Calhoun.

The Luverne Tigers celebrated homecoming as it should be celebrated: with an emphatic win.

The Tigers defeated the visiting Calhoun Tigers 50-8.

“We needed one of these,” said Luverne head coach Les Sanders. “We got a lot of younger guys some reps and got some experience.  They made some mistakes, but now we can show that on film and hopefully that’ll help us down the road.”

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Despite the final score, things didn’t start out so convincingly for Luverne.

The Tigers drove inside the Calhoun 10-yard line, but a false start set Luverne back, and the Calhoun defense held Luverne on fourth and goal from the one-yard line.

Calhoun managed to avoid the safety, but the punt was partially blocked and Luverne’s Uriah Brown picked up the ball and ran it in for a 15-yard touchdown.

The score stood at 6-0 after the first quarter, but Jamarcus June opened the second quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run.

June also scored Luverne’s next two touchdowns, returning a punt 45 yards for a touchdown and running it in from 24 yards out to make the score 25-0.

Quarterback Kentrell Jones found a wide-open Quindarius Thagard for a 20-yard score with 1:41 left before halftime.

In the second half, Luverne’s Marcell McMillian broke off a 49-yard touchdown run, Brown had a 75-yard run to set up a two-yard touchdown rush, and Deshawn Lowery also found the endzone.

The Tigers also came up with a number of turnovers, including interceptions by June, Vontavius Gregory, and Frank Harris, and a fumble recovery.

Next week, Luverne travels to Elba.

“They’ve lost one or two, but to very good teams,” Sanders said. “They’re defending state champs, and they’ve got a lot of athletes.  We’ll have to be at our best — no turnovers and mistake-free in all three phases.”