By: By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
October 21, 2013
The seniors on the Callaway High football team have been a part of some special moments over the years.
During their four years with the program, the Cavaliers are 31-9, they’ve won a region championship, and they’ve captured a pair of state-playoff wins.
On Thursday, before a home game against B.E.S.T. Academy, that group of players will be honored.
“They mean a whole lot to us,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said of the seniors.
Fullback Devon Rosser, part of that senior class, said he and the other seniors have become more than just teammates over the years.
“Since Day 1, we’ve been sticking together,” Rosser said. “They’re my brothers. I love ‘em.”
After the ceremony, it’ll be time to play football, and it’s a key game in Region 4-AAA.
The Cavaliers (6-1 overall) are sitting atop the region standings with a 4-0 record, but B.E.ST. (4-3) isn’t far behind at 2-2 in the region.
B.E.S.T is in its third season playing football, and the team has made major strides this year.
In 2012, on a team without any seniors, the Eagles went 3-7 overall while posting a 2-5 region record.
This year, the Eagles have already surpassed their win total from a year ago, and they’re right in the playoff hunt.
B.E.S.T is led by senior running back Rontavious Belcher, who has impressed Wiggins.
“They’ve got a really talented team. They’re fast, they have good size,” Wiggins said. “They have one of the best running backs we’ve seen. He reminds me a lot of the kid from Harris County. Thursday night will be a big test for us. We just have to go out and do what we do.”
What the Cavaliers have been doing of late has been blowing the doors off of everyone they’ve played.
Since a 31-12 loss to Harris County, the Cavaliers have won four in a row, all against region competition, and they’ve won each of those games by at least 25 points.
While the offense has been unstoppable, scoring 37 points per game, the defense has been getting it done as well.
The Cavaliers’ six opponents are averaging just 13 points per game, and they have two shutouts this season, including last week against Haralson County.
This will be the Cavaliers’ final home game of the regular season, although they’ll almost certainly be back at Callaway Stadium for at least one playoff game.
Callaway closes the regular season with region road games against Douglass and Rockmart.