The Cavaliers (4-1 overall) improved to 2-0 in Region 4-AAA and set up a showdown on Oct. 12 at Central-Carroll.
“We’re real proud of the kids. We executed well,” head coach Pete Wiggins said.
Wiggins also feels the Cavaliers will have to continue to get better to beat a quality Central-Carroll team.
“We’ve got some things we can do better,” Wiggins said. “We had too many penalties. We missed some tackles early on and there’s always some things to work on, but we’ve got a big game next week up in Carrollton and we just have to get to work and get ready.”
The Cavaliers had no trouble with the Panthers Thursday night.
The Cavaliers scored five touchdowns, and all five scoring plays covered at least 15 yards.
Sophomore Terry Godwin had a long touchdown run, and he also had a scoring catch from Parks.
Fullback Devon Rosser got into the act with two scoring runs, including a 25-yard run that capped the scoring in the third quarter, and quarterback Tez Parks had a long scoring run of his own.
“We did very good at blocking,” Parks said. “We did very good at executing on the ball. We just came out here and took care of business.”
Callaway took the game’s opening kickoff and clearly was in command from the outset, driving 75 yards on a mix of offensive plays, culminating with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Parks to Godwin, who made a leaping catch in the end zone.
After a failed fourth-down conversion by Chapel Hill, Callaway took over at midfield and needed just two plays to score again, this time with Parks rambling 43 yards on a quarterback keeper to paydirt and a 14-0 lead after Chase Freeman made his second of four extra points.
Parks looked like he might pitch the ball to back Eddie Culpepper, but he thought better of it when he saw a clear path to the end zone.
“I had to read (the play) and when I saw daylight, I just kept it,” Parks said. “Then I scored. It felt good. It felt good getting the touchdown. It was a big game. It was just a big opponent. We just got out here and did everything we needed to do and we came out here and handled business.”
On the ensuing possession, Chapel Hill went three-and-out, and it had to punt from its own end zone.
Callaway got the ball back on the Chapel Hill 38-yard line, and Godwin took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage, and he went the distance for the touchdown, and it was a 20-0 game with 1:03 left in the first quarter.
Once again Chapel Hill could not pick up a first down and was forced to punt. There was Godwin on the receiving end and he went virtually untouched for a 55-yard return for a touchdown, but the score was negated by a penalty, and the Cavaliers took over at their own 40-yard line.
On the first play of the drive, Parks unleashed a bomb to receiver Pedy Leverette, who was all alone at the Chapel Hill 15-yard line where he made a leaping catch.
Parks then gave the ball to fullback Devon Rosser on the second play in the series, and he scored on a 15-yard run with 9:49 left in the first half.
Callaway went for and got the two-point conversion on a pass from Parks to Rosser, good for a 28-0 lead, which was the score at the half.
Callaway’s final touchdown of the game came at the 7:49 mark in the third quarter when Rosser again did the honors, taking it in from 25 yards out on a handoff from Parks. Wiggins called off the dogs at that point and freely substituted, replacing several starters.
Chapel Hill managed to put together a single drive that got close to the goal line in the fourth quarter, but it was thwarted when Cavalier safety Mike Moss intercepted a pass on the 10-yard line.
The Cavaliers did get some bad news in the second half when defensive standout Cortez Leonard came out of the game early in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Wiggins said it was a “stinger,” also known as a pinched nerve. Leonard wanted to return to action, but the decision was made to keep him out the remainder of the game with the comfortable lead.
“I caught a bad stinger on my right shoulder,” Leonard said. “I’m feeling it now.”
The discomfort couldn’t keep Leonard from feeling great about the performance, though.
“I felt like we had to come out here and battle,” he said. “We got to win region. This is a good team so we got to play hard against a good team and we did. We fought hard and played hard. I think it was a good choice keeping me out, save me for Central-Carroll. That’s a big game.”