By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
October 31, 2013
If everything goes well tonight, the Callaway Cavaliers will board the bus for the return trip home from Atlanta with a region championship in hand.
Callaway will face Douglass at 8 p.m. today at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta.
If the Cavaliers win, they will wrap up the number one seed in Region 4-AAA.
The Cavaliers (7-1 overall) are 5-0 in the region, and if they lose one of their final two games they could finish tied for first with either Central-Carroll or Chapel Hill.
Callaway has beaten both of those teams, though, so it owns the tie-breaker advantage.
So all the Cavaliers need to do is win one of their final two games to sew up the top spot.
The Cavaliers’ chances of making that happen are pretty good.
Douglass (1-7 overall) is 0-5 in the region, and it is coming off back-to-back blowout losses to Jackson and Rockmart.
Callaway, meanwhile, has had its way with its region opponents, although last week’s game against B.E.S.T. Academy was competitive.
The Cavaliers were never able to put the Eagles away, and they ended up hanging on for a 28-18 victory.
It was another win, though, and Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said the team has done a nice job of preparing for this week’s opponent.
“We’ve had a good week of practice,” Wiggins said. “It’s another chance for us to get better. Coach Rodney (Cofield) will have his kids ready, and we just have to go play ball. We need to execute well. We need to play well.”
The Cavaliers have had an exceptional season.
The Cavaliers stumbled in their third game against Harris County, but they’ve ripped off five straight wins since then.
The Cavaliers have scored 34 or more points in six of their eight games, and the 28 points they scored last week was actually their second-lowest point total of the season.
Quarterback Tez Parks has had a monster season, and he had a pair of touchdown runs last week against B.E.S.T
Running backs Devon Rosser, Eddie Culpepper and Cedric Maynard have all had big seasons, and wide receiver Terry Godwin has been brilliant.
Callaway’s defense, meanwhile, has been terrific as well, giving up just 13 points per game.
Wiggins said the goal is to make sure the team improves this week.
“We’re going to look at each week, one game at a time, and try to get better this week,” Wiggins said. “We’ve worked hard this week going into the game. We look for a strong performance from our kids. We just want to get better every week. We need to limit our mistakes and play Callaway football.”