Memorable season for Bigsby
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
He finished in style.
Callaway’s Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby, in the final game of a spectacular high-school career, put up monster numbers in a 39-35 loss to Brooks County in the semifinals of the Class AA state playoffs.
Bigsby, facing a Brooks County defense that had given up a combined nine points in the previous two games combined, delivered a big-time performance.
Bigsby ran for 270 yards on 26 carries, an average of 10.4 yards per carry, and he had two touchdown runs.
Callaway was trailing 20-0 in the first half when Bigsby ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run, giving his team some much-needed momentum.
Bigsby added a 1-yard touchdown later in the first half, and he continued to come through with big runs as Callaway scored five touchdowns in the second and third quarters combined to take a 35-26 lead.
Unfortunately for Callaway, Brooks County scored the game’s final 13 points to advance to the state-championship game.
Bigsby, despite missing considerable time earlier in the season with an ankle injury, had a fantastic senior year.
Bigsby ran for 1,636 yards on 143 carries, good for an average of 11.4 yards a carry, and he scored 27 touchdowns.
Three other seniors who are part of a dynamic wide-receiver corps had touchdowns in their final high-school games.
Jacob Freeman, Markus Morman and Antinez Blount each had scoring catches from Demetrius Coleman.
Next up for Bigsby is the Under Armour All-American on Jan. 20, and he has committed to play football at Auburn University.