Big-time test for Cavaliers

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

October 9, 2013

The Callaway Cavaliers can take a huge step toward a second straight region championship Friday night.

Coming into the season, the Central-Carroll Lions figured to be one of Callaway’s primary challengers for the region crown, and so far, that’s how it has played out.

While Callaway (4-1) has been impressive in winning its first two Region 4-AAA games, Central (5-1) boasts a 3-0 region record.

Something will have to give when the two teams get together at Callaway Stadium Friday night.

A year ago, Callaway beat Central-Carroll 14-10 on the way to a 7-0 region record.

Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins expects another tight ballgame this time around.

“They’re a great football team. It’s going to be a big atmosphere Friday night,” Wiggins said. “We’ve got to go out and execute. We sure can’t have any mistakes. They really have a good football team. I know they’re excited right now.”

Central-Carroll was off last week, giving it plenty of time to prepare for Friday’s showdown.

In its last game before the break, Central-Carroll blanked B.E.S.T. Academy 14-0.

It was Lions’ third shutout victory of the season, and they’re giving up just seven points per game.

“They’re 5-1, and it’s going to be a big challenge,” Wiggins said. It’s going to be a big region test for us. We just have to out and try to play mistake-free football.”

Against B.E.S.T., Central’s defense gave up less than 100 yards.

Callaway has won two straight games since falling to Harris County 31-12 in its final non-region game.

Callaway thumped Jackson-Atlanta 39-14 before dominating Chapel Hill 45-13 last week.

In both victories, the Cavaliers have displayed a balanced, explosive offense.

Running backs Devon Rosser and Eddie Culpepper have been ripping off huge runs, quarterback Tez Parks has been getting it done with his right arm and his legs, and wide receiver Terry Godwin has scoring catches the past two weeks.

Throw in a veteran offensive line anchored by senior Brandon Sutton, and it’s easy to see why the Cavaliers have been so potent offensively.

Callaway’s defense, meanwhile, has also been dominant the past two weeks.

While the Cavaliers have won their first two region games in convincing fashion, Wiggins said no one expects an easy time of it Friday night, especially in light of last year’s close game.

“It came right down to the end,” Wiggins said. “They have most of their kids back. It’s going to be a big-time ballgame. We have to be ready.”