By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
November 5, 2013
The Callaway Cavaliers are hoping the journey is just beginning.
While the Cavaliers are about to wrap up their regular season, they’re hopeful of hanging around awhile when the state playoffs begin next week.
First things first, though.
On Friday, Callaway will put the finishing touches on the regular season.
The Cavaliers (8-1 overall, 6-0 in Region 4-AAA) can post a second consecutive 9-1 regular season with a victory over home-standing Rockmart on Friday.
Callaway has already wrapped up its second straight region championship, while Rockmart (3-6, 2-4) has been eliminated from playoff consideration.
After the Rockmart game, Callaway will return home to face the fourth-place team from Region 2-AAA.
“I hope we can keep getting better, and just like everybody catch a couple of breaks, and go on as long as we can,” Callaway defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard said.
The Cavaliers sewed up the region title with a 48-7 victory over Douglass last week.
If the Cavaliers lose this week, they could end up in a first-place tie with Central-Carroll, but they have the tie-breaker edge because of the head-to-head win.
Rockmart came into last week’s game against B.E.S.T. Academy with its playoff hopes intact, but it lost 20-0.
Callaway is having another exceptional season.
The Cavaliers lost their final non-region game to Harris County, but they’ve rolled to six straight wins since then, all against region foes.
Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins felt the difficult non-region schedule, which included games against Heard County, Troup and Harris County, paid dividends.
Callaway beat Heard County 34-0 and Troup 34-21 before falling to Harris County 31-12.
“We felt like we had a tough non-region schedule, and we felt like it prepared us for the region,” Wiggins said.
Once the Cavaliers started their region schedule, they have rarely been tested.
The only competitive game came two weeks ago when Callaway outlasted B.E.S.T. Academy 28-18.
All of the other games have been blowouts.
Wiggins said the players always do whatever it takes to be ready for game night.
“I’m really proud of our kids’ work ethic,” Wiggins said. “Our guys, when they get on the field, they believe they’re going to win.”
The Cavaliers are hoping to do a whole lot of winning when the playoffs begin.
A year ago, Callaway made it to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to Washington County.
“We’re looking forward to (the playoffs),” senior defensive lineman Nooney Anderson said. “We’re trying to go all the way.”
While things have gone smoothly for Callaway, it’s been a tough season for Rockmart.
The Yellow Jackets made it to the second round of the state playoffs a year ago, but they’ve been unable to get anything going this year.
The Yellow Jackets have been shut out three times this season, including last week against B.E.S.T.