There isn’t a whole lot of idle time for the Callaway football players during the summer months.
From the strength and conditioning program, to the various camps, and to the seven-on-seven competitions, the players on the Callaway team have plenty to keep them busy during the summer leading up to the start of preseason practice on Aug. 1
“Our kids work hard,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “They’re excited to be back in the weight room, and get started on our summer camp. Before you know it, it’ll be time for fall practice.”
There will be one change for the Cavaliers this summer.
Because of construction work being done at the high school, all of the weight equipment has been moved to Callaway Middle School, so that’s where the players will go this summer.
“Our weight training this summer will actually be at our middle school because of the construction going on here in our gym,” Wiggins said. “We moved all of our weights over to the middle school, and that’ll be a little different for us, but it’s just a little adversity, and we’ll get better from it.”
LOOK AHEAD: They’re heading back to Hogansville.
In recent years, Callaway has played its preseason game at Hendrix Field in Hogansville.
Callaway will return to Hogansville this season, and it will play Greenville on Aug. 15 in a preseason game.
Hendrix Field is where Hogansville High played its games when that school was in existence.
“That’s a big tradition. We look forward to that down in Hogansville,” Wiggins said.
A week later, Callaway will kick its season off when it plays LaGrange on Aug. 22 at Callaway Stadium.
It will be the first time Callaway and LaGrange have played since 2003.
That will be the first of five non-region games for Callaway.
“In our non-region games, we have some really good opponents,” Wiggins said.
Callaway’s second regular-season game will be in Atlanta against B.E.S.T. Academy on Aug. 29.
Callaway and B.E.S.T. both played in Region 4-AAA last season, and it was a tough game, with the Cavaliers winning 28-18.
In the playoffs, B.E.S.T. took Carver-Columbus to three overtimes in the first round.
“Coach (Joshua) Moore does a great job with his kids, and they have a lot of kids back,” Wiggins said. “They’ll be tough.”
On Sept. 5, Callaway will host long-time rival Heard County.
Callaway opened its season in spectacular fashion a year ago with a 34-0 victory over Heard County.
After a week off, Callaway visits Harris County on Sept. 19, and the Cavaliers will be looking to avenge their only regular-season loss from a year ago.
Callaway wraps up its non-region schedule on Sept. 26 when it plays Troup for the seventh straight year.
The Cavaliers open their Region 5-AAA schedule on Oct. 10 at Cedartown, and they’ll be at home against Rockmart on Oct. 17.
Callaway’s next two games are on the road, against Pepperell on Oct. 24 and against Haralson County on Oct. 31.
In the regular-season finale, Callaway hosts Central-Carroll on Nov. 8.
LOOK BACK: The Cavaliers are coming off the most successful season in school history.
After going 9-1 in the regular season and winning the Region 4-AAA championship, Callaway won three games in the state playoffs before pushing Buford to the limit in the semifinals.
Callaway led 14-7 at the half against Buford before losing 24-14.
Callaway came as close as any team did all season to beating Buford, which crushed Washington County the next week to wrap up a 15-0 season.
After opening with impressive wins over Heard County and Troup, Callaway was thumped by Harris County 31-12 in its third game.
The Cavaliers took off from there, winning 10 straight games before falling to Buford.
The Cavaliers set a school record for wins in a season while becoming the first Callaway football team to make it to the final four.