The Callaway Cavaliers are hoping their second trip to Buford goes better than their first one.
It was the second round of the state playoffs in 2010, and after a 30-8 victory over Rockmart in the first round, Callaway faced Buford in the second round.
It was over early, with Buford storming to a huge lead on the way to a 52-14 victory.
Callaway turned the ball over five times in that game, and Buford turned each of those turnovers into points.
“They turned the ball over four or five times in 2010 and that was the difference in the game,” Buford head coach Jess Simpson told the Gwinnett Daily-Post. “They had four turnovers in the first 13 minutes. It was crazy.”
That Buford team went on to finish 15-0 and capture a fourth consecutive state championship.
That game has no bearing on today’s game, though.
Many of the current seniors on both teams were freshmen in 2010, but few of them actually saw time on the field.
“That was four seasons ago. They are much different,” Simpson said.
Callaway had enjoyed a solid 2010 season, and it posted an impressive first-round win, but heading into the game, it had all the makings of a mismatch.
“The last time we played them, I knew we were probably in some trouble,” Callaway defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard said.
Hubbard said the feeling this year is a lot different than it was in 2010.
“These guys, you just hear them talking to each other, and they believe,” Hubbard said. “They respect them. They know how good they are, and they respect their tradition. But our guys believe, and that’s a big part of it.”