By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
November 14, 2013
In the 2012 season opener, the Callaway Cavaliers and Heard County Braves played a classic.
In a game where offense was at a premium and defense was basically non-existent, Heard County came into Callaway Stadium and won 43-37.
The two teams met again in this season’s first game, and Callaway made sure there would be no late-game suspense this time around.
In a much-hyped game at Heard County’s stadium, Callaway delivered a brilliant all-around performance en route to a 34-0 victory.
That game was the start of an exceptional regular season for the Cavaliers, who went 9-1 and won a second consecutive Region 4-AAA championship.
Here’s a look back at the regular season as Callaway gets set for its state-playoff opener today against Henry County.
Callaway 34, Heard County 0
Both teams returned the bulk of the starters from their successful 2012 teams, setting the table for what many figured would be a hard-fought, close ballgame.
Instead, Callaway came out and took charge from the get-go, and it never let up en route to the blowout win.
Callaway’s offense was as good as advertised, with quarterback Tez Parks leading the charge with three touchdown runs.
Callaway’s defense, meanwhile, shut down a Heard County offense that has averaged 40 points a game this season, even with that shutout.
“I was very proud of our guys,” said senior linebacker KeShun Freeman. “They went out and worked really hard. Everyone was familiar with the job they had to do. Everybody was in the right place at the right time.”
Callaway 34, Troup 21
Parks had two touchdown runs, including a huge one in the fourth quarter after Troup has rallied to within six points, and he also threw a touchdown pass to Michael Moss.
Callaway’s defense, meanwhile, did its part by scoring touchdowns on fumble returns by Labronze Zelaya and Aaron Clausell.
In the fourth quarter, after Troup had scored two touchdowns in a row to make it a 26-21 game, Parks re-entered the game after missing time with a hip injury.
Parks made an immediate impact with a 57-yard touchdown run to turn the game back in Callaway’s favor.
Harris County 31, Callaway 12
The Cavaliers have lost one game this season, and it came in their third game against a strong Harris County team.
The Cavaliers got a touchdown pass from Parks to Moss, and Eddie Culpepper also had a scoring run.
The game mostly belonged to Harris County, though, which was dominant on both sides of the ball.
“They were able to run the ball throughout the night, and we weren’t,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “They made big plays, and that’s to their credit.”
Callaway 39, Jackson 14
In their Region 4-AAA opener, the Cavaliers rolled to a 33-0 halftime lead, and Wiggins emptied the bench in the second half.
Rosser and Culpepper each had two scoring runs, and Parks had a touchdown run of his own, and he threw a scoring pass to Terry Godwin.
Callaway 45, Chapel Hill 13
Coming into the season, Chapel Hill figured to be one of Callaway’s biggest challengers for region supremacy, but this game was a mismatch.
Parks had two touchdown passes, and Parks, Culpepper, Rosser and Cedric Maynard each had scoring runs.
Callaway 46, Central-Carroll 13
These two teams were the two favorites for the region crown heading into the season, and they were both unbeaten in the region heading into their showdown.
The Lions didn’t have a chance, though.
Central was hanging in there at the half trailing 20-13, but the Cavaliers dominated the second half to get the big region win.
The game started with a bang, with Parks throwing a 91-yard touchdown pass to Godwin.
That was the start of a monster night for Godwin, who had another touchdown catch later in the game to go along with two scoring runs.
Godwin also threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dante Lindsey, and he had a long punt return that set up another score.
“T made a lot of plays on both sides of the ball, and special teams,” Wiggins said.
Callaway 55, Haralson County 0
A week after the big win over Central, Callaway showed no signs of a let-down.
It was a close game early, with the Cavaliers holding a 7-0 lead after the first quarter, but they led 28-0 at the half, and they continued to control things in the second half.
It was the second shutout of the season for the Cavaliers, and that was with a lot of backup players playing in the second half.
“It was a great overall effort for our football team,” Wiggins said. “Anytime you can get a region win on the road, it’s special.”
Parks and Godwin hooked up for another touchdown pass, and Rosser and Culpepper had scoring runs.
Deon Smith scored a defensive touchdown on a fumble return.
Callaway 28, B.E.S.T. Academy 18
In their only competitive region game of the season, the Cavaliers didn’t have the win in the bag until B.E.S.T. failed on a fourth-down conversion with a little more than two minutes left in the game.
Parks had a pair of touchdown runs in the game, including a 23-yarder that came in the third quarter after B.E.S.T. had climbed to within five points.
Rosser also had a touchdown run, and Maynard returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Callaway 48, Douglass 7
The Cavaliers sewed up the region championship with an easy road win over the Astros.
“I’m real proud for our kids,” Wiggins said. “They’ve worked so hard, starting way back in January and in the weight room over the summer. It was a big night for our kids, for our seniors. I’m proud for our fans and our school.”
It was over early, with Callaway jumping on top 34-0 after the first quarter, and 41-0 at the half.
In the first quarter, Callaway scored touchdowns on offense, special teams and defense.
Parks threw a touchdown pass to his favorite target, Godwin, and Parks, Rosser, Culpepper and Maynard found the end zone on running plays.
Callaway 47, Rockmart 6
The Cavaliers wrapped up the regular season with their sixth blowout victory in seven region games.
Callaway charged to a 35-0 halftime lead, and the second half went quickly with a running clock.
Godwin sparked the Cavaliers with a touchdown catch from Parks, and he also returned a punt for a touchdown.
Parks had two touchdown runs, and Rosser and Culpepper also had scoring runs.
With the reserves in the game, backup quarterback Dre Martin threw a touchdown pass to Nick Woodyard.