Cavaliers gearing up for season
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
After a week away from the grind, the Callaway Cavaliers got back to work on Monday morning.
The Cavaliers were prohibited from holding team activities last week because of the Georgia High School Associated-mandate dead week.
On Monday, Callaway’s players and coaches were back at the school, resuming the summer workout schedule in preparation for a season that begins in a little more than a month.
“This week we’ve been in the weight room and on the field, and on Friday we’re going to Harris County for an OTA (organized team activity),” said Pete Wiggins, who is heading into his 15th season as Callaway’s head coach. “And then before you know it it’ll be time to get on the field and start practicing on July 25. That’ll be here pretty quick.”
Official preseason practice begins on July 25, and Callaway has a preseason game against Starr’s Mill on Aug. 16 before opening the season at Opelika on Aug. 22.
The Cavaliers still have two weeks remaining in their summer schedule before making the transition to preseason practice.
In the two days before practice begins, Callaway will hold its annual ironman competition, with the players competing in a handful of events.
Expectations will be high as usual for the Cavaliers, who are coming off a season that ended with a 28-22 loss to the Rockmart Yellow Jackets in the state semifinals.
While the Cavaliers return plenty of talented players, there are some holes to fill, most notably on the defensive and offensive lines.
On offense, most of Callaway’s skill players return, including quarterback Demetrius Coleman, wide receiver Jacob Freeman, and running back Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby, all of whom have major-college offers.
Callaway does have to replace three starters on the offensive line, including four-year starter Keiondre Jones, who is now at Auburn.
“We still have our weapons,” said senior Jared Nation, who’ll likely step into one of the starting spots on the offensive line. “We still have a great quarterback, and a great group of receivers. As long as we protect them and do our job, we’ll be at our best.”