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Callaway moves up to ninth in prep poll

By Kevin Eckleberry

keckleberry@civitasmedia.com

The Callaway Cavaliers are ranked ninth in Class AAA. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/11/web1_11-4-CHS2.jpgThe Callaway Cavaliers are ranked ninth in Class AAA. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

LAGRANGE – It’s been a long time since the Central-Carroll Lions lost a regular-season game.

On Oct. 11 of 2013, Central-Carroll traveled to LaGrange to take on the Callaway Cavaliers in a region showdown.

That game belonged to the Cavaliers.

Callaway, which was in the midst of a sensational season that ended in the state semifinals, blew out Central-Carroll 46-13 on the way to a region title.

Since that loss, Central-Carroll has been a perfect regular-season team.

After winning their final three regular-season games in 2013, the Lions enjoyed a flawless regular season a year ago.

Central capped off a 10-0 regular season in 2014 with a dramatic 40-34 victory over Callaway.

Now, the Lions are one victory away from a second consecutive perfect regular season, and the Callaway Cavaliers are standing in their way.

Central will bring a 9-0 record into Friday’s home game against Callaway (8-1), which has won eight in a row since a season-opening loss to LaGrange.

Not surprisingly, Central and Callaway have both found a place in the Georgia Sports Writers Association prep poll.

Central has moved up a spot to third in Class AAA, while Callaway remains in ninth place.

Sports writers at newspapers across the state vote in the poll.

Perennial powerhouse Calhoun, which won a state championship a year ago, is ranked first in Class AAA, and Blessed Trinity is second.

After Central-Carroll, Cedar Grove and Elbert County round out the top five.

Dodge County is sixth, and it is followed by Jefferson, Adairsville, Callaway and Jackson.

In the state’s highest classification, Class AAAAAA, Colquitt County holds down the top spot, and Northside Warner Robins is ranked first in Class AAAAA.

Woodward Academy is tops in Class AAAA, Benedictine is ranked first in Class AA, and Mount Paran is the top team in Class A.

There will be one more poll next week, and that will be the final one until the state playoffs are finished.

CLASS AAAAAA

1 – Colquitt County

2 – Grayson

3 – Roswell

4 – Archer

5 – Mill Creek

6 – McEachern

7 – Camden County

8 – Walton

9 – Peachtree Ridge

10 – Etowah

Class AAAAA

1 – Northside Warner Robins

2 – Stockbridge

3 – Mays

4 – Lanier

5 – Jones County

6 – Houston County

7 – Coffee County

8 – Allatoona

9 – Stephenson

10 – Glynn Academy

Class AAAA

1 – Woodward Academy

2 – Cartersville

3 – Buford

4 – Mary Persons

5 – Bainbridge

6 – Jonesboro

7 – Thomson

8 – St. Pius X

9 – Sandy Creek

10 – Marist

Class AAA

1 – Calhoun

2 – Blessed Trinity

3 – Central-Carroll

4 – Cedar Grove

5 – Elbert County

6 – Dodge County

7 – Jefferson

8 – Adairsville

9 – Callaway

10 – Jackson

Class AA

1 – Benedictine

2 – Greater Atlanta Christian

3 – Darlington

4 – Rabun County

5 – Fitzgerald

6 – Brooks County

7 – Model

8 – Pace Academy

9 – Wesleyan

10 – Screven County

Class A

1 – Mount Paran

2 – Prince Avenue

3 – Aquinas

4 – Marion County

5 – Eagle’s Landing

6 – Savannah Christian

7 – Calvary Day

8 – Lincoln County

9 – Clinch County

10 – Turner County

Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 or on Twitter @lagrangesports