By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
October 20, 2013
The Haralson County Rebels were hoping to pull off the upset win over the Callaway Cavaliers Friday night, but they had no shot.
The Cavaliers delivered a brilliant all-around performance en route to a 55-0 victory in a Region 4-AAA game.
The Cavaliers were up 7-0 after the first quarter, but they exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter to go up 28-0, and they kept things rolling along in the second half to cruise to the win.
The Cavaliers (6-1 overall, 4-0 in region play) continued to steamroll toward a second straight region title.
No one has come within 25 points of the Cavaliers in four region games.
Callaway will return home on Thursday for a region game against B.E.S.T Academy.
“It was a great overall effort for our football team,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “Anytime you can get a region win on the road, it’s special. We had a good week of practice, and a win like that was a good night for us.”
While Callaway’s offense was as explosive as always, the defense was also dominant, delivering its second shutout of the season.
Callaway beat Heard County 34-0 in the season opener.
Callaway even scored on defense, with Deon Smith returning a fumble for a touchdown.
“Our defensive coaches talk about stripping the ball, and scooping and scoring,” Wiggins said. “And when you see it pay off on Friday night, it lets you know that the hard work in practice is paying off.”
Wiggins said Callaway’s defense made some key stops on fourth-down plays as well.
“We were able to stop them inside their own territory, giving our offense a short field,” Wiggins said. “That was like a turnover situation. It put our offense in a great situation.”
Wiggins said a lot of the credit for the shutout goes to the defensive line, which controlled the action.
Among those players are Smith, J’Lynn Allen, Justice Perkins, Quantavius Anderson, Lorenzo Patterson, J.T. Wortham and Devin Powell.
“They play hard, and they play low with good pad level,” Wiggins said. “I’m real proud of them.”
Callaway also scored on special teams, with Quan Bray returning a punt 80 yards for the touchdown.
“Coach (Deyano) Martin, two weeks ago, we put in a new return, and the guys did a great job blocking once the ball was punted,” Wiggins said. “And T did the rest. He made a couple of guys miss, and scored.”
Offensively, the Cavaliers found the end zone six times, with Cedric Maynard scoring twice on touchdown runs.
Devon Rosser and Eddie Culpepper also had scoring runs, and quarterback Tez Parks threw a touchdown pass to Godwin.