High School Football Tour: Calhoun City

Calhoun City High School Wildcats

CALHOUN CITY, Miss. (WCBI) – City was back in the State Championship game for the first time since 2010 last year.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats ran into the Bassfield buzz-saw and saw their dream of bring home the Gold Ball fall short.

CLASS 2A | REGION 4
HEAD COACH: PERRY LILES
Aug 22 Coffeeville home
Aug 29 Houston away
Sept 5 Water Valley home
Sept 12 Velma Jackson away
Sept 19 Ripley home
Sept 26 North Panola away
Oct 3 Bruce* home
Oct 10 E Webster* home
Oct 17 Ackerman* away
Oct 24 Eupora* away
Oct 31 Okolona* home
*District games

This year, City wants to make it back but it’s all about focusing on the little things and what’s in front of them, not looking too far down the road.

“I think you get back by not worrying about last year,” head coach Perry Liles said. “We’re concentrating on Coffeeville and that’s the first step in getting back.”

“We just have to take it one game at a time,” senior Jordan England said. “We can’t focus on getting back to state. We have to focus on Coffeeville.”

“We can’t depend on last year to help us and expect us to make it back,” senior Steele Liles said. “Just because we’re Calhoun City doesn’t mean we will make it back. We have to work hard and not get too up or too down.”

The Wildcats were 11-4 last season, but finished the year winning eight of their last nine games. The success Calhoun City has enjoyed over the last 13 years is almost unparalleled in Mississippi high school football.

City has averaged nearly 11 wins per year since 2000 and this year, don’t expect that average to go down with the talent returning.

“I think our leadership will pay off,” coach Liles said. “We have a good senior line and our quarterback Chakel Gates returns. He has a bunch of yards and we will rely on him to be successful.

“Some of our young guys need the seniors’ leadership and that’s where they will help the most.”

But the question still remains: What’s the reason why Calhoun City will make it back to play for the 2A Title this year?

“That’s a hard question to answer,” senior Chakel Gates said. “We just need to work hard in the weight room and pay attention to our coaches. We basically have the same team minus a few seniors we lost so I think we can get it.”

“We have to work hard every day,” junior Brieton Sykes said. “We want to go back. We have to go back. I didn’t get to play in last year’s Title game.”

It’s motivation for Brieton to make it back but for the team they are focused on grabbing that Gold Ball that has been elusive to Calhoun City in the past.

City will start the year at home in the Boneyard versus Coffeeville before traveling to Houston to play the Hilltoppers.

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