Football is back: Callaway dominates scrimmage against Mt. Zion

Published 10:25 pm Friday, August 4, 2023

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Football is back.

The Callaway football team had minimal issues in their scrimmage against Mt. Zion-Jonesboro on Friday night in Callaway Stadium, earning a 37-12 victory. 

The Cavaliers were off to the races from the offset. After a fumbled snap on the first play from scrimmage, quarterback DeShun Coleman connected with fellow senior and captain Korey Jackson down the right sideline to set the team up in the red zone. It would take just two plays for big Jordan King to power his way into the end zone for his first of three rushing touchdowns in the game. 

King is set to be the main man in the backfield with the departure of region 5-AA offensive player of the year Qua Whitfield, who graduated after leading the Cavaliers in rushing a season ago. 

King got his second later in the half after a crucial third down pass play from Coleman to Treyonn Tucker. 

After taking a 14-0 lead a little of halfway through the first quarter, the Cavaliers began to rotate their substitutes in. The Bulldogs promptly got their best play of the game on a 65-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter to cut the Cavalier lead to eight points. 

The Cavaliers defense took matters into their own hands on the following Mt. Zion possession, scoring a safety when Ni’Zerik Houston brought down the Bulldogs quarterback for a sack. Callaway kept pouring it on, and King got his third touchdown of the game with 7:14 left to go in the first half to make it 23-6 with the extra point from senior kicker Greyson Batchelor. 

The game got even better for the home team when junior Tyren Buggs plunged into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown run with under two minutes to go in the first half. 

Callaway scored its final points of the game with 8:07 left in the third quarter when Zai Hart pulled off the play of the game on a 50+ yard touchdown run in which he made at least five defenders look silly. 

Mt. Zion tacked on a late touchdown in the fourth quarter to make the scoreline a bit more respectable. 

The Cavaliers will now get a chance to look back on four quarters of game film and figure out what needs to be cleaned up before the regular season starts. There will be tougher tasks ahead for the Cavaliers as the Bulldogs have lost 20 straight games coming into Friday night’s scrimmage. Callaway is set to take on reigning AAAA runner-ups Cedartown on Aug. 25 in its regular season opener.