Carrollton lost in the quarterfinals each of those five seasons. Carrollton’s 2020 team might’ve become the fifth straight to win 10 games or more but was limited to eight regular-season contests because of COVID-19 cancellations.
The team was ranked No. 4 in preseason despite moving up in class to 6A, but two of its star players transferred. Quarterback M.J. Morris wound up at Pace Academy, and linebacker Chief Borders finished his season at Heard County after the GHSA denied him eligibility. Carrollton lost to Valdosta 36-15 in the Class 6A elite eight.
Calhoun had been Colquitt County’s offensive coordinator during the Packers’ state championship seasons of 2014 and 2015.
’'I greatly appreciated Carrollton for giving me the opportunity,’' Calhoun said. “They hired a guy with no head-coaching experience. So I’ll be forever grateful. I felt like over the past five years our staff and I have made Carrollton a better place. I always did my best for my players and coaches and will hang my head high.’'