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CALHOUN CITY - New Okolona coach Ken Byars downplayed the significance of a "statement game" by his team.

At the very least, however, his Chieftains conveyed the message that their 2-0 start is not a fluke.

The Chieftains (3-0) went on the road to knock off a traditional Region 1-1A power with a 27-8 victory at Calhoun City. The Wildcats (2-1) are ranked No. 3 in the Daily Journal's poll of area small schools.

"We're young, and it showed tonight in a lot of positions," Calhoun City coach Mike Ray said. "They are very athletic all over the field. They are going to have a say in this division."

The Chieftains started talking in the first quarter with Carrielle Garth hit Dion Shotwell with a 37-yard scoring pass.

Kentray Ware scored on an 11-yard run, and Okolona had a two-touchdown lead before the end of the period.

The advantage stretched to 20-0 at halftime as James Buchanan scored on a 59-yard interception return.

"We just take it week to week. I'm new here. I don't know these schools, and every team is a threat to me," said Byars, a Houston native who had been coaching in South Mississippi. "We just watch film and treat every game the same."

Calhoun City got on the board in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard run by Jarvis Rounds. J.R. Jennings passed to Senotris Herrod for the 2-point conversion.

Garth countered that touchdown with his own 1-yard run later in the period.

"We played real good in the first half," Byars said. "We were kind of flat in the second half. In the fourth quarter we just kind of lived through it and pulled it out."

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