By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
November 26, 2013
When it’s a rainy day and the practice field is unavailable, the Callaway Cavaliers usually go inside of the gym.
That wasn’t an option on Tuesday, though.
Work is being done to the surface of both of the gyms at Callaway High this week, so the football team had to make other arrangements on a rainy Tuesday.
Fortunately for the Cavaliers, there was another option.
The team got on the bus and traveled up Hammett Road to Faith Baptist Church where it used the church’s gym.
“They’re resurfacing both of our gyms. We had to go to an alternative place, and the folks at Faith Baptist let us use their gym,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said.
Wiggins said it was “a great practice.”
“I thought the kids handled the gym practice extremely well,” Wiggins added. “It was a good tempo. I feel like they’re excited and looking forward to playing.”
The Cavaliers are preparing for Friday’s third-round playoff game against St. Pius.
The winner will advance to the Class AAA semifinals to play either Buford or Carver.
There is no school in Troup County this week, so it’s been nothing but football for the Callaway players and coaches.
“It’s been a good week,” Wiggins said. “We feel like we’ve had a little extra time. Hopefully the kids have gotten a little bit more rest, being able to sleep a little later.”
The only issue has been the weather, but that’s something teams have to deal with this time of year.
“It was a rainy day, a messy day,” Wiggins said. “Obviously the temperature has dropped. It sounds like (today) may be the same. Hopefully by the end of the week all of this will be out of here, and the skies will be blue.”
Callaway will hold another afternoon practice today, and the team will practice in the morning on Thursday.
After Thursday’s practice, the team will head to the cafeteria for a Thanksgiving meal prepared by, among others, Wiggins’ father.
Callaway did the same thing last year before a second-round game against Washington County.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Wiggins said. “My dad’s going to come down, and he’s going to help us. Coach Parks, and Mr. Freeman, those two guys will start cooking super early Thursday morning. We’ve got a bunch of food, and it’ll be very festive. We’re looking forward to it. The kids will enjoy it.”
It has already been the best season in school history.
The Cavaliers have made it to the quarterfinals for the second time ever, and they’ve set a school record for wins with 11.
The players figure there’s plenty of work left to do, though.
“Nobody’s satisfied,” senior defensive back Pedy Leverette said. “We’re still hungry to keep winning.”