Repeat title for Cavaliers
by By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
The Callaway Cavaliers are champions again.
Since joining Region 4-AAA last year, the Cavaliers have been the class of the field.
They rolled to the region championship a year ago, and with Friday’s 48-7 win over Douglass, they’ve captured back-to-back region titles.
Callaway (8-1 overall) improved to 6-0 in the region heading into Friday’s regular-season finale against Rockmart.
“I’m real proud for our kids. They’ve worked so hard, starting way back in January and in the weight room over the summer,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “It was a big night for our kids, for our seniors. I’m proud for our fans and our school.”
The Cavaliers didn’t figure to have too much trouble with Douglass, and they didn’t.
Callaway was up 34-0 after the first quarter, and Wiggins was substituting freely in the second quarter, and the Cavaliers led 41-0 at the half.
There was a running clock in the second half, and Callaway cruised to a 48-7 victory.
Just about everyone on the team saw time on the field.
“We played a lot of kids,” Wiggins said. “Anytime you can get all your kids in the game, it’s really special.”
Wiggins said an outstanding week of practice paid dividends Friday night.
“We’re really proud for our guys, just preparing for the game,” Wiggins said. “Again, as you go into a game, you always have a feeling from practice on how you’re going to play. And we felt good about it. The kids have worked hard at practice. It was just a good feeling going into it.”
The Cavaliers took care of business early against the Astros.
In the explosive first quarter, Callaway scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams with a blocked punt.
Tez Parks, Callaway’s outstanding senior quarterback, got the blocked punt that resulted in the game’s first touchdown.
“It’s a great way (to start),” Wiggins said. “It sets the tempo. It’s just a good feeling right out of the gate.”
Offensively, it was a familiar cast of characters getting it done for the Cavaliers.
Parks had touchdowns on the ground, and he also threw a scoring pass to his favorite target, Terry Godwin.
Fullback Devon Rosser, and running backs Eddie Culpepper and Cedric Maynard also had big nights, with Culpepper scoring twice.
Wiggins said the offensive line featuring Courtney Laye, Brandon Sutton, Josh Williams, Devin Powell, Harley Taber and tight end KeShun Freeman did a great job.
“Those kids were able to establish the line of scrimmage all night and open up some big holes, and when we threw the ball, they gave the quarterback time to throw,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins said everyone, including the wide receivers, did a nice job of blocking.
On one particular scoring run by Culpepper, senior receiver Ed Daniel provided a key block that helped pave the way.
“Coach (Kareem) Douhne works so hard with the kids, with his receivers,” Wiggins said. “It’s a great run by Eddie, but we also had some big blocks on that play that allow that to happen.”
Callaway’s defense was every bit as dominant, and it was the guys up front leading the way, with Quantavius Anderson, Lorenzo Patterson, Justice Perkins, Deon Smith, J’Lynn Allen and J.T. Wortham getting it done on the defensive line.
“The defensive line really put a lot of pressure on the quarterback,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins also said linebackers Labronze Zelaya, KeShun Freeman, Brandon Boddie, Javoski Leverette, Aaron Clausell and Dre Martin played well, as did Godwin, Daniel, Dante Lindsey, Jet Snellings, Pedy Leverette and Michael Moss in the secondary.
Wiggins also gave a lot of credit to kicker Hunter Milliman, who did a nice job on kickoffs.
“He kicked the ball inside the five each time,” Wiggins said. “Our kickoff team was able to pin Douglass inside the 20 most of the night when we kicked off.”
Chase Freeman, meanwhile, continued to do a nice job on extra points.
“I’m really proud of our kids’ work ethic,” Wiggins said. “Our guys, when they get on the field, they believe they’re going to win.”
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