High-school football games are played almost exclusively at night, but there are some exceptions, as the Cavaliers have found out.
On Saturday afternoon, Callaway will be in Atlanta to take on B.E.S.T Academy in a Region 4-AAA game.
The two region foes will face off at 4 p.m. at Lakewood Stadium, a facility which can seat 10,000 people.
This will be Callaway’s second trip to Atlanta for a game this season.
Earlier, Callaway beat Jackson-Atlanta at Grady Stadium.
Callaway will be looking to stay red-hot.
After opening the season with a loss to Heard County, Callaway hasn’t lost, and it improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the region with last week’s impressive 40-7 victory over Haralson County.
It was homecoming week for the Cavaliers, and the distractions obviously didn’t impact the team’s preparations.
“I was real proud of our kids for staying focused,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “We have a lot of stuff going on at the school every day as far as our student body. We stressed, don’t get caught up in that. Have fun with it, but stay focused on Friday night. And I felt like we did that.”
This week, Callaway can move a step closer to a region championship with a win over B.E.S.T.
B.E.S.T. beat Haralson County 28-20 on Oct. 5, but it has lost back-to-back games to Jackson-Atlanta and Chapel Hill to fall to 1-3 in the region.
B.E.S.T. likely needs to beat Callaway to have any chance of making the playoffs.
Also this week, Troup and LaGrange will face key region tests.
LaGrange (4-3 overall, 3-1 in Region 5-AAAA), which lost to Fayette County 38-35 last week in overtime, will be at home Friday against a Sandy Creek team that has been dominant this season and is ranked first in Class AAAA.
Sandy Creek, which won back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010 before losing in the quarterfinals last season, has outscored its opponents by an average score of 45-10 en route to a 7-0 start.
“I think they’re excited about the possibility,” LaGrange head coach Donnie Branch said of the game against the No. 1 team in Georgia. “They (the players) know what a challenge that’s going to be.”
Troup (2-5, 2-2 in Region 5-AAAA), meanwhile, will try to win two games in a row for the first time this season when it visits Fayette County (2-5, 2-2) Friday night.
For both teams, a win would go a long way toward securing one of the region’s four playoff spots.
Troup evened its region record with last week’s hard-earned 34-20 victory over Columbus.
Columbus, which had been blown out in all of its previous games this season, found itself tied 20-20 with Troup in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers pulled away late, though, to get a win they had to have to stay in the playoff hunt.
In private-school football this week, Lafayette Christian School will wrap up its regular season when it hosts North Georgia on Friday at the Whitesville Road Stadium.
The Cougars have already won a school-record six games, and they’ll try to wrap up a 7-3 regular season with a win on Friday.
In GISA football, the Dawson Street Christian School Wildcats (3-5) will try to win their third straight game when they host Nathanael Greene on Friday.
The Wildcats have improved to 2-1 in Region 1-A with the back-to-back wins.