Callaway players make all-state team
Published 12:15 pm Friday, August 9, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
A trio of Callaway High football players have made the cut on a pair of preseason all-state teams.
Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby, Tate Johnson and Jalin Shephard each made the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s all-state team.
Those same three players, plus Jacob Freeman, also made the Recruit Georgia preseason all-state team.
Those four players helped Callaway go 11-3 last season and reach the semifinals of the Class AA state playoffs.
Johnson will be the anchor of a new-look offensive line that lost three starters from last year’s team.
Johnson, who transferred to Callaway before the 2018 season, has committed to Auburn.
The man Johnson will be blocking for, Bigsby, ran for 2,221 yards on 238 attempts with 22 touchdowns, and he also caught 13 passes for 222 yards.
Another offensive weapon for Callaway is Freeman, who began the season at quarterback before moving to wide receiver for the regular-season finale and the playoffs.
Shephard will be a valuable defensive player as one of two returning starters on that side of the ball.
Shephard had eight interceptions last season, including one in the semifinal loss to Rockmart.
Callaway has a preseason home game against Starr’s Mill on Aug. 16.
Callaway opens the regular season at Opelika (Ala.) on Aug. 22.