Calhoun wins state championship!

Calhoun players celebrate winning the state championship inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Photo Ctsy: GPB TV

The Calhoun Yellow Jackets are class 3A state champions.

They won off the strength of defense, holding Peach County out of the end zone for a 10-6 victory.

However, there was a controversial call toward the end of the game that went Calhoun's way.

But the joyous celebration was what it was all about.

Young men caught up in emotion that spilled over inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

They built memories that will last a lifetime.

Many thought Calhoun couldn't make it to the championship game, much less win it.

They did it off a stout and opportunistic defense.

35 seconds before half, the play of the game happened.

The old saying goes: three things happen when you throw the football and two of them are bad.

Free safety Brannon Spector jumped the route of the Peach County pass. Spector snatched the ball and raced 47 yards for the only touchdown scored in the game.

In the 3rd quarter, kicker Elmer Gutierrez connects from 34 yards.

The Yellowjackets held Peach County to two field goals.

As expected, the team was ecstatic.

An emotional Hal Lamb spoke after the game. "Nobody gave us a chance. I love this team. They fight and they fight, they fight, they fight the entire game. They didn't give us a chance against Cedar Grove. They didn't give us a chance tonight. But these kids are state champions," Lamb said.

This is Lamb's third state championship.

Calhoun has been to the finals five years in a row from 2008 to 2012.

They beat Buford in overtime to win it all in 2011.

They also won state in 2014 over Washington County.

Congratulations to the Calhoun Yellow Jackets.

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