Callaway kicker getting it done

Published 3:14 pm Saturday, December 26, 2020

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If it comes down the Callaway Cavaliers needing a field goal to win Tuesday’s state-championship game, head coach Pete Wiggins won’t hesitate to send Blake Eubanks onto the field.

Eubanks, a junior, has been getting it done throughout the season both on extra points and field goals.

“He has been consistent all year,” Wiggins said. “He worked extremely hard in the offseason. He and coach (Brian) Harr have a great relationship, and he’s been a big weapon for us all year.”

Eubanks has also done a stellar job on kickoffs.

While he doesn’t kick the ball into the end zone, Eubanks is able to place the ball where he wants to, giving his teammates a chance to make a tackle and not give up a long return.

MAKING PLAYS: Callaway’s leading tackler is LaQuize Gilbert, who has had a fantastic senior season.

Gilbert, a linebacker, leads the team with 141 tackles, including 20 for loss.

Gilbert has been at his best during the Cavaliers’ three playoff games with a combined 51 tackles.

Gilbert had 16 tackles in a 16-9 win over Lovett, and he amassed an impressive 20 tackles in a 34-21 victor over Thomasville.

In last week’s 41-17 semifinal win over Rabun County, Gilbert had 15 tackles with two for loss and a sack.

Gilbert is also a key member of the offense, and he has 243 rushing yards on 42 carries with three touchdowns.

NEARING A MILESTONE: Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins has put together an impressive resume during his 16 season as the team’s head coach.

With last week’s victory over Rabun County, Callaway has a 149-48 record, and he can reach the 150-win milestone with a win over Fitzgerald in the state-championship game.

Under Wiggins’ guidance, the Cavaliers have been in the state playoffs 15 straight years, and they’ve won at least one playoff game for nine straight years.

The Cavaliers have been in the state semifinals five times since 2013, and now they’re in the championship game for the first time.