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Callaway first in three polls

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

It’s been a topsy-turvy season in so many ways, but the ability of the Callaway Cavaliers to put wins on the board hasn’t changed.

Callaway, with head coach Pete Wiggins leading the way, improved to 5-0 with last week’s 26-16 home win over Bremen.

Callaway’s good work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Each week, Georgia High School Football Daily puts together its composite rankings, which is a compilation of five different polls in the state.

Callaway is ranked first in three of those polls, and its third in one, and fourth in another.

Callaway is first in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Score Atlanta polls.

Callaway is third in the Maxwell rankings, and fourth in the Maxpreps poll.

Callaway has an impressive resume that includes some quality wins, including four victories over teams in higher classifications.

After opening with a 27-7 win over Troup, Callaway beat a Hardaway team that’s only lost once 17-6.

Callaway then earned back-to-back road wins over Douglass-Atlanta (35-0) and Thomas County Central (16-14) before beating Bremen 26-16.

Callaway was short-handed against Bremen with a number of players unavailable because of quarantine, but it still found a way to beat a solid team in its Region 5-AA opener.

“I’m really proud of our football team,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “I’m proud of the composure and the work ethic and just staying steady, staying the course of what we talked about every day. With all the adversities this football team has faced throughout the season, over the last two weeks, and to come in here and beat a really good football team in Bremen, hats off to their coaching staff, their players, they’ve got a great team, but I’m really proud of our guys.”

Callaway’s program has thrived with Wiggins at the helm.

Since taking over as head coach in 2005, Wiggins has led the Cavaliers to a record of 143-47, and the team has won at least one playoff game every year but one since 2008.

Callaway advanced to the state semifinals in 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2019, and it made it to the third round of the playoffs on two other occasions.

The Cavaliers are hoping to make another playoff run this year, but they’ve got some work left to do in the regular season.

Callaway has three regular-season games left, all against region opponents.

Callaway has a road game against Haralson County on Tuesday before visiting Temple on Nov. 14.

Callaway closes the regular season against rival Heard County on Nov. 20.