Callaway holds scrimmage at stadium
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
It was a soggy night at Callaway Stadium, but that didn’t damper the spirit of the Callaway Cavaliers, who were happy to be on the field for Friday’s intra-squad scrimmage.
With the season opener two weeks away, Callaway’s players were able to get on the field for some valuable work while a steady rain fell on the stadium’s artificial turf.
“I thought our kids handled the weather well,” said Pete Wiggins, who is in his 16th season as Callaway’s head coach. “I was pleased with tonight. The defensive was physical, and the offense was put in tough situations and did well.”
Wiggins and his coaches will evaluate what they saw and use it to help get the team ready for the season opener against Troup on Sept. 11.
“I’m looking forward to watching the film,” Wiggins said. “We got 90 plays on film to go out and study.”
Wiggins and the other coaches made sure to let everyone on the roster get an opportunity to show what they could do.
“We got a lot of kids reps tonight,” Wiggins said. “I thought
that our young guys, our ninth graders and our (junior-varsity) teams, performed well.”
One of the stars of the night was freshman Treyvon Tucker, who had two scoring receptions, including one that came on a leaping catch in the end zone against Callaway’s first-team defense.
Fellow freshman Demondre Woodyard also had a scoring catch, and freshman quarterback Deshun Coleman threw a pair of touchdown passes.
Among the starters on offense, senior running back Charlie Dixon was hard to bring down, and he had a 25-yard touchdown run.
“I was proud of Charlie,” Wiggins said. “He ran the ball well between the tackles against a pretty good defense, a physical, fast defense. I was proud of his effort.”
Ladarrious Williams and LaQuize Gilbert, starting linebackers on defense, each had touchdown runs, and Cameron Smith had a scoring catch from Demetrius Coleman, who returns for his third year as a starter.
Callaway’s starting defense, meanwhile, was stout when it was on the field, which isn’t surprising considering nearly every starter is returning from a unit that was strong last year.
“On the defensive side of the ball, I thought we played fast and physical, and they looked good,” Wiggins said.
Callaway now turns its attention to the regular season, which features four non-region games, and four games against Region 5-AA foes.
The Cavaliers are looking to make another championship run after reaching the Class AA state semifinals the past two years. Last year, Callaway went 12-2 and lost to Brooks County 39-35 in the semifinals.
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