By: By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
October 11, 2013
The coverage was there.
When Callaway quarterback Tez Parks threw the ball in the direction of Terry Godwin, he had a Central-Carroll defender running with him step for step.
It didn’t matter.
Godwin, the electrying junior wide receiver for the Cavaliers, out-leaped his defender close to midfield early in Friday’s game at Callaway Stadium.
Godwin came down with the ball, and then he let his speed to the rest.
By the time Godwin crossed the goal line, he had a 91-yard touchdown catch, and the Cavaliers had a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Callaway went on to capture a 46-13 victory to improve to 5-1 overall, and 3-0 in Region 4-AAA.
Godwin added a 13-yard scoring catch later in the game, and he also threw a touchdown pass to Dante Lindsey, and he had a long punt return that set up another score.
For good measure, Godwin even completed a two-point conversion pass to J’lyn Allen for the final points of the night.
Parks also had another huge night.
In addition to his long scoring pass to Godwin, the senior had touchdown runs of 24, two and six yards, and Devon Rosser added a 10-yard touchdown run.
The Callaway defense delivered a dominant performance as well.
One of the Lions’ touchdowns came on a kickoff return, and their other score came after they recovered a fumble deep in Callaway territory.
“I was really proud of our seniors. It was a big win for them,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “They’ve been great leaders for our football program. We prepared hard, and it paid off. You could feel coming into the game, the kids were excited, they felt confident.”
It didn’t take the Cavaliers long to put their mark on the game.
After the Lions went three-and-out on their opening possession, the Cavaliers took over deep in their own territory.
The first two plays didn’t yield anything, and Callaway faced a third-and-10 situation from its own 9-yard line.
Parks took the snap, and he looked to the right side of the field where Godwin was locked up one-on-one with a Central defender.
It was a jump ball, and Godwin wasn’t going to be denied.
“Tez knows if he throws it up there, that I’ll get it,” Godwin said.
And when he made the catch, Godwin turned and left his defender in the dust.
The Lions again went three-and-out on their next possession, and the Cavaliers went back to work.
Long runs by Parks and Eddie Culpepper got the Cavaliers into Central territory.
With the ball at the 24-yard line, Parks kept the ball, and he leaped into the end zone, with the ball grazing the pylon for the score.
Rosser’s two-point conversion run gave Callaway a 14-0 lead with 3:06 left in the opening quarter.
Needing a spark, the Lions got it when Dajour Riddle returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, and when the extra-point attempt was blocked, Callaway’s lead was down to 14-6.
Central’s momentum was short-lived, though, with Callawy going 65 yards in eight plays for the touchdown.
Rosser had a 21-yard run on the drive, Cedric Maynard had a 15-yard run, and Parks finished it up with runs of 12, 10 and two yards for the score.
On the scoring play, Parks faked the handoff, and he ran untouched into the end zone for the 2-yard touchdown.
The Cavaliers had the ball later in the quarter when a fumble gave the Lions the ball in great field position, and they punched the ball in for the score.
The extra point cut Callaway’s lead to 20-13, which was the score at the half.
Any hope the Lions had was dashed in the third quarter, though.
After Godwin’s long punt return, Parks’ 6-yard touchdown run gave Callaway a 26-13 lead just three minutes into the third quarter.
Senior defensive lineman Deon Smith then recovered a fumble for the Cavaliers, and they needed just one play to add to the lead.
Parks took the snap, he handed the ball to Rosser, who then pitched it to Godwin.
Godwin said he had the option of running or passing, and since Lindsey was in the end zone and didn’t have anyone within 20 yards of him, he wisely decided to throw it.
The pass was on target, and Lindsey made the 21-yard touchdown catch, and Callaway’s lead was 32-13.
Later in the quarter, Pedy Leverette recovered a fumble, and the Cavaliers needed just three plays to score.
On third-and-short, Parks threw a short pass to Godwin, and that turned into a 13-yard touchdown, and Callaway was ahead 38-13 with 1:12 remaining in the quarter.
The Cavaliers went 77 yards for their final touchdown, and all of the damage was done on the ground.
Rosser had a 25-yard run to get the drive going, and Maynard’s 18-yard run put the ball on the Central 10-yard line.
On the next play, Rosser scampered into the end zone from 10 yards out.
The Cavaliers lined up for the extra point, but the snap was high, and kicker Chase Freeman was unable to make an attempt.
Godwin, who was the holder on the play, stood up, and he found Allen in the end zone for the conversion, putting a cap on his remarkable night.
“T made a lot of plays on both sides of the ball, and on special teams,” Wiggins said.
From there, with the outcome in hand, Wiggins was able to empty the bench and get a lot of players in the game on both sides of the ball.
Callaway will be on the road at Haralson County next week.