Can Callaway take another step?

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

October 17, 2013

The Callaway Cavaliers took a big step last week in their quest to win a second straight Region 4-AAA championship.

As impressive as the Cavaliers were in their 46-13 win over the Central-Carroll Lions, though, there’s still plenty of work left to do.

The Cavaliers (5-1 overall) are 3-0 in the region, but they still have four region games remaining, beginning with today’s matchup with the Haralson County Rebels.

The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Haralson County’s stadium.

“It’s a big game at Haralson County. It’s another big region game for us,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “We just have to go up there and take care of business.”

Haralson County (2-5 overall) has struggled to a 1-3 record, and it likely needs to win today to have any chance of making the playoffs.

“Coach (Alan) Lane does a great job with his football team. I know they’ll be prepared,” Wiggins said. “Again, we have to limit our mistakes, and play solid football.”

For Haralson County, one of the primary objectives will be slowing down a Callaway offense that looked unstoppable last week.

Callaway quarterback Tez Parks had a huge game, throwing two touchdown passes while running for three more.

Wide receiver Terry Godwin also made a splash with a 91-yard scoring catch in the first quarter, and the junior added another touchdown catch later in the game.

Godwin also threw a touchdown pass on a trick play in the second half.

With Parks, Godwin, running backs Eddie Culpepper and Devon Rosser and a strong offensive line, the Cavaliers haven’t had much trouble putting points on the board this season.

Lane knows his team probably can’t get into a shootout with Callaway and have a chance to win.

“The focus is not to try to come out and outscore Callaway. What we want to do is just slow them down on defense and try to keep the ball away from them on offense. Then try to do a couple things on special teams that will give us an advantage,” Lane told the newspaper in Carrollton. “If we can just keep them hemmed up and make tackles, we’ll be OK on defense. We’ve just got to negate those big plays, those long touchdown passes or runs. If we negate that and minimize that, it will put us in a position where we have a chance.”

Central’s defense had no shot last week.

On the game’s third play, Parks and Godwin hooked up for the 91-yard touchdown, and the Cavaliers were off and running.

Callaway’s defense also delivered a strong performance in limiting Central to one touchdown when the first-team players were on the field.

As satisfying as that game was, though, Wiggins said everyone quickly turned the page.

“You can’t dwell on any single game for very long,” Wiggins said. “You have to move on to the next week, and learn from your mistakes from the previous Friday night, and get better toward the next game. That’s what we tell the kids. It’s one game at a time, and we work each day at practice with that philosophy. Once we finish Friday night, it’s moving on to the next week.”