Region time for Cavaliers
by By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
The Callaway Cavaliers got their quest for a region championship under way with a victory over Jackson a year ago.
The Cavaliers are hoping history repeats itself today when they host Jackson in their Region 4-AAA opener on homecoming night at Callaway Stadium.
Callaway is coming off a 31-12 loss to Harris County, and that came on the heels of a 34-0 win over Heard County and a 34-21 victory over Troup.
Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said each of those games helped prepare his team for the region gauntlet.
“You go to Heard. They’re very physical with a big offensive line. They do a great job, and their backs run hard,” Wiggins said. “And then Troup, they’re a big, physical team. And then you have Harris with a spread look. Their defense is real fast. Playing those kind of teams, hopefully when we get to the region, we’ll be ready.”
Callaway went 7-0 in region play a year ago, and that included a 38-18 victory over Jackson in Atlanta.
That was actually one of the closer region games for the Cavaliers last year, who had most of their region games wrapped up around halftime.
Callaway is looking to bounce back from a difficult night against Harris County.
Coming off an off week, Callaway was unable to keep pace with a terrific Harris County team.
The Cavaliers were within five early in the third quarter, but Harris County put together back-to-back scoring drives to put the game away.
Tez Parks threw a touchdown pass to Michael Moss, and Eddie Culpepper had a scoring run for the Cavaliers’ only touchdowns.
The Cavaliers returned to the practice field on Monday and got back to work in preparation for the region opener.
Win or lose, Wiggins said the routine remains the same.
“We haven’t changed very much over the years,” Wiggins said. “The kids come to work every day. We’re trying to get better, and looking one game at a time.”
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