Playoff time arrives

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

November 10, 2013

It’s playoff time.

With the regular season in the rearview mirror, the Callaway Cavaliers and Troup Tigers will now turn their attention to the state playoffs.

Callaway will be at home this week for its first-round matchup, while Troup will be on the road.

LaGrange’s season ended with Friday’s loss to Carrollton.

The Cavaliers will carry a 9-1 record into Friday’s game against Henry County (3-7).

Callaway is the number one seed from Region 4-AAA, and Henry County is the fourth seed from Region 2-AAA.

Although Henry County has only won three games, it has played a difficult schedule, and the Warhawks come out of one of the state’s best regions that includes Peach County and Carver.

Callaway, meanwhile, has won seven in a row, all against region competition.

In their regular-season finale, the Cavaliers whipped Rockmart 47-6.

“We just have to carry that (momentum) into the playoffs,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “Everybody will have a good football team at this point. Everybody will be well-coached.”

Wiggins added that “we need the Callaway community to be at the stadium Friday night.”

If Callaway wins its first-round game, it would host either Pierce County or Thomson in the second round.

Troup, meanwhile, carries a 6-4 record into the Class AAAA state playoffs after winning its final four regular-season games.

In their final regular-season game on Friday at Callaway Stadium, the Tigers beat Shaw 47-20.

Troup is the number three seed from Region 5-AAAA, and it will face Gilmer County, the second-place team from Region 7-AAAA.

Gilmer County came into Friday’s game against Dalton with a chance to win the region championship, but it lost 24-10.

It was still an exceptional season for the Bobcats, who went 8-2, with both of their losses coming to Dalton.

If Troup wins on Friday, it would play either Marist or Stephens County in the second round.