Cavaliers dismantle Braves
Callaway wins Pulpwood Classic
by By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
FRANKLIN - There was no suspense this year.
A year ago, in the inaugural Pulpwood Classic, the Callaway Cavaliers and Troup Tigers played a memorable ballgame, with the visiting Braves walking away with a 43-37 victory at Callaway Stadium.
Friday night in Franklin, the two rivals got together again, and it was a mismatch.
The Cavaliers dominated the game in every way possible en route to a 34-0 win, and the Pulpwood Classic trophy will rest at Callaway High at least until next year’s game.
The Braves had no answer for the Cavaliers before a standing-room only crowd at Staples Stadium.
Callaway’s offense moved the ball up and down the field without a whole lot of opposition, with quarterback Tez Parks and running back Devon Rosser leading the way.
Callaway’s defense was also spectacular, shutting down a Heard County offense that was unstoppable in last year’s game and figured to be explosive again this year with its impressive stable of skill players and an imposing offensive line.
The Braves were unable to sustain anything on offense, though, and the Cavaliers made a bunch of plays in the Heard backfield.
The Cavaliers didn’t need long to put points on the board.
After a Heard County fumble, Parks scored on a 9-yard touchdown run, and Hunter Milliman’s extra point made it 7-0.
Callaway’s second touchdown was set up by a Dre Martin blocked punt early in the second quarter.
Two plays after the block, Parks scored on a 15-yard run, and he threw a two-point conversion pass to J’lynn Allen to push the lead to 15-0, which was the score at the half.
Callaway continued to dominate the game in the second half.
The Cavaliers’ first possession of the half ended with a fourth-down pass from Parks to Terry Godwin at the Heard County 1-yard line.
After a Heard Count punt, the Cavaliers needed one play to extend their lead, with Rosser scoring on a 54-yard run right up the middle, and it was 21-0 with 4:46 left in the third quarter.
Later in the quarter, Callaway was on the Heard 3-yard line when the ball came loose on a running play, but Harley Taber was the man on the spot, and he fell on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown.
Leading 27-0, the Cavaliers capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter, with Parks ripping off a 30-yard touchdown run.
The extra point put Callaway on top 34-0 with 8:59 left in the game.
Callaway is off next week, and it will return to the field on Sept. 6 to take on Troup.
OF NOTE: For more on Friday’s game, see Monday’s sports section
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