Callaway eases to region win
Published 11:33 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The Callaway Cavaliers made easy work of previously unbeaten Lamar County on Thursday, easing to a 46-7 victory on senior night at Callaway Stadium.
The Cavaliers (6-1 overall) ran their winning streak to six games while improving to 3-0 in Region 5-AA, while Lamar County (6-1) fell to 2-1 in the region.
The game was over early, with Callaway dominating the action on both sides of the ball to take a 39-0 halftime lead.
The second half went quickly with a running clock, and head coach Pete Wiggins was able to empty the bench and get everyone some playing time.
“I thought we had really good senior leadership this week,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “This being senior night, it was good to see a lot of guys step up and lead throughout this week of practice.”
All of the seniors were recognized on the field before the game, and those players continued to add to their winning legacy.
The Cavaliers are 40-7 over the past four seasons, and the seniors have a long way to go before their story is fully written.
“Before we got on the bus to come to the stadium today, I talked to the guys in the locker room, and I remember so many of them from when they were in the eighth grade, or when they were our ball boys,” Wiggins said. “That seems like yesterday, and now here they are on senior night, and time goes by really fast. These guys can keep making this season very special, and I’m just proud of their leadership.”
One of those seniors, Jacob Freeman, has watched two of his brothers, KeShun and Michael, come through the Callaway football program.
When Michael Freeman had his senior night, Jacob Freeman was a freshman who was already making plays on the varsity team.
On Thursday night, it was Jacob Freeman’s turn to be in the spotlight as one of the senior honorees.
“It was emotional,” Freeman said. “I got to come to my brother’s senior day, and I was on the field with him. For me to get that moment for myself, it’s surreal.”
Jacob Freeman helped the Cavaliers start Thursday’s game with a bang when he returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
Freeman also caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Demetrius Coleman in the second half to cap the scoring for Callaway.
That was one of four touchdown passes for Coleman, who is having a monster junior season.
Coleman tossed scoring passes of 53 yards and 45 yards to Markus Morman, and he also hooked up with Jalin Shephard for a 41-yard touchdown.
Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby, returning to action after missing some time with an ankle injury, had a 26-yard scoring run, and Charlie Dixon ripped off a 31-yard touchdown run.
While Callaway’s offense moved the ball at will, the defense gave up almost nothing in the first half when the game was decided, with Lamar County unable to get anything going.
Callaway has three regular-season games remaining, beginning with a region game at Spencer (Columbus) on Oct. 19.
“We just have to keep working to get better,” Wiggins said. “We have to keep improving, and that’ll start at practice and in the film room.”
The fans had barely settled into their seats when Freeman took the opening kickoff near the goal line, and he hit the left sideline and was gone.
“I told them before the game, any kickoff coming my way, I’m taking it back to the house,” Freeman said. “Coach (Dialleo) Burks said, all right, we’ll see.”
It didn’t take the Cavaliers long to find the end zone again, this time on offense.
After a Lamar County three-and-out, Callaway only needed four plays to go 66 yards, with Coleman completing the quick drive with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Shephard.
Following an unsuccessful two-point try, Callaway led 12-0 less than two minutes into the game.
Needing to find some offensive success to stem Callaway’s momentum, Lamar County instead went three-and-out for the second straight time.
It took the Cavaliers one play to score on their second offensive possession.
Morman got behind the defense, and Coleman dropped the ball into his hands for a 53-yard touchdown.
Coleman completed the two-point pass to Freeman, and Callaway led 20-0 with 8:43 left in the opening quarter.
It got worse for the Trojans moments later when the punter mishandled a snap, and the Cavaliers took over at the 26-yard line.
On the next play, Bigsby took a handoff from Coleman and raced 26 yards for the touchdown, and the lead was 26-0 with 5:36 to play in the first quarter.
Following yet another Lamar County three-and-out, Callaway went 65 yards in four plays to add to its lead.
Bigsby had a 36-yard run to put the ball into Lamar County territory, and Dixon followed with a 31-yard touchdown run, and Callaway was on top 32-0 late in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers began their final touchdown drive of the first half from their own 45-yard line.
After a Dixon 10-yard run, Morman got open in the end zone, and Coleman found him for a 45-yard touchdown.
Blake Eubanks converted the extra point to give Callaway a 39-0 advantage in the second quarter, and that was the score at the half.
Lamar County’s first possession of the third quarter ended with a lost fumble, and Callaway scored on the next play.
Coleman threw a strike to Freeman on a slant route, and the senior receiver turned on the jets and went 53 yards for a touchdown, and Eubanks knocked through the extra point to give Callaway a 46-0 cushion.
Lamar County avoided the shutout with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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