July 24, 2014
They’re heading back to Hogansville.
For the past several years, the Callaway Cavaliers have played a preseason game at Hendrix Field in Hogansville.
Callaway will be returning to Hendrix Field this year to take on the Greenville Patriots on Aug. 15.
“That’ll be a big atmosphere and a lot of excitement,” Callaway coach Pete Wiggins said. “Greenville will have a great football team. It’ll be a big atmosphere in Hogansville, and we always look forward to that game.”
Callaway played Shaw in last year’s preseason game, and while that was an excellent test for his team, Wiggins is happy to have Greenville back on the schedule.
The rivalry between the two communities goes back to the days when Hogansville High and Greenville used to square off.
“I’m glad to get back to playing Greenville again,” Wiggins said. “The Greensville-Hogansville rivalry throughout the years is very special. To be able to have that game in Hogansville is a special night for our team.”
SEVEN-ON-SEVENS: A big part of what the Callaway Cavaliers do during the summer is participate in seven-on-seven passing camps.
This summer, the Cavaliers went to a handful of camps, including ones at the University of Georgia and Auburn.
The Cavaliers also attended a seven-on-seven competition at West Georgia University in Carrollton, and they won that one.
Wiggins believes the seven-on-seven camps are extremely beneficial for his players.
“Number one is the competition of our kids going against other people that are a lot of times better than us. You have to get better from it,” Wiggins said. “Also, it’s great exposure for our kids. To be in front of college coaches, it’s great for your kids. The more you’re in front of a college coach, the better your chances that our kids have of playing on the college level.”
The Cavaliers generally fare well when they go the camps.
Callaway ended up winning the 12-team West Georgia seven-on-seven competition.
The Cavaliers also stood tall against elite competition during the seven-on-seven events at Auburn and Georgia.
“We’ve seen a lot of really good competition this summer,” Wiggins said. “Hopefully that’ll pay off on Friday nights.”
YEAR 10: Wiggins is heading into his 10th season as the Callaway head football coach.
Wiggins took over the program in 2005 after Claude Giddens re-signed, and he has put together an impressive record.
The Cavaliers had losing records during Wiggins’ first two seasons, although they did make it to the state playoffs in 2007.
The Cavaliers went 8-3 in 2008, and Wiggins’ teams have won at least seven games each year since.
Wiggins has an overall record of 74-32, and his teams have reached double digits in wins in four of the past six years.
Under Wiggins, the Cavaliers have been in the state playoffs eight straight years, and they’ve won at least one playoff game in five of those years.
The Cavaliers made it to the state quarterfinals in 2009, and last year, they advanced to the final four for the first time in school history.
Callaway also set a school record for wins last year with 12.
Wiggins is the third head coach in Callaway history.
Sonny Cummings was the school’s first head coach, and he held that position from 1996 through 2001.
Giddens was the head coach from 2002 through 2004, and Wiggins took the reins the following year.
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