Defense leads Callaway to victory over ELCA, Cavs clinch playoff berth for 18th straight season

Published 10:31 pm Friday, October 20, 2023

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The Callaway football team went on the road to Eagle’s Landing Friday and earned a dominant 37-22 region win to move within one game of clinching a fourth region title in the last five years.

When the sledding got tough, the Cavaliers needed a playmaker. Johnathon Freeman proved the hero when he intercepted a pass on the Eagle’s Landing final drive late in the fourth quarter, preserving the win for the away team. It was the second interception for Freeman, who was simply dominant for the Cavaliers.

Despite an early 7 p.m. start, the Cavaliers were anything but sluggish to start the game.

Tyren Buggs plunged into the end zone from 5 yards out to give Callaway a 7-0 lead after the extra point just under five minutes into the game.

D’Arcy Harris doubled the Cavalier lead when he jumped a passing lane and returned the interception for a touchdown less than a minute later. Harris was not done there, as he got another interception later in the first half.

The entire defense was dominant for the Cavaliers. Freeman intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown with 1:21 left in the first half to put Callaway up 23-7.

It was a big play after Eagle’s Landing had finally got on the board and looked to snatch some momentum away from the Cavaliers. Callaway had gotten a little sloppy, including a missed field goal.

The Cavaliers were able to get a field goal in the first half when Greyson Batchelor nailed a short attempt to put his team up 17-0.

Callaway took the second half’s opening possession and marched right down the field for a touchdown, putting the Cavaliers up 30-7. Senior quarterback, DeShun Coleman found Treyon Tucker for a touchdown connection to complete the drive.

Eagle’s Landing did not go quietly into the night, scoring its second touchdown with a second left in the third quarter to trim the Callaway lead to 30-14.

The fourth quarter was a bit of a stalemate until Eagle’s Landing cut the deficit to just one score (30-22) with a little under half of the fourth quarter left, setting up Freeman’s clutch play.

The Cavaliers put the game to rest when Cam Tucker scored on a 5-yard run with 1:03 left in the game. 

Callaway (5-2) (4-0) clinched a playoff berth for a whopping 18th season in a row. The Cavaliers will host McNair next Friday with a chance to clinch the region championship at Callaway Stadium.