Callaway finishes third in poll

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

December 19, 2013

The votes are in, and the Callaway Cavaliers finished the season as the third best team in Class AAA according to voters from across the state.

The final Associated Press poll of the season, as voted on by sports writers in the state, was revealed this week.

The Cavaliers entered the playoffs ranked fifth in the state, but they moved up two spots after their stirring playoff run that ended with a loss to eventual state-champion Buford in the state semifinals.

Callaway lost to Buford 24-14, and no team in the state came closer to Buford during the season.

The 24 points the Cavaliers allowed in that game, meanwhile, was the low point total of the season for Buford.

Buford went on to beat Washington County 36-15 in the championship game.

Buford, which went 15-0 and was ranked first from the first poll of the season to the final one, obviously received all 14 of the first-place votes.

Washington County (13-1), which was ranked third heading into the playoffs, ended up second.

Callaway (12-2) finished third, the highest ranking at any point in the history of the program.

The other semifinal team, Ringgold (11-3), was ranked fourth after beginning the playoffs unranked.

Carver-Columbus (11-2) was fifth, followed by St. Pius (9-4), which lost to Callaway in the quarterfinals.

Blessed Trinity (9-4) was seventh followed by Cartersville (11-1), Central-Carroll (10-3) and Woodward Academy (9-3).

Central-Carroll finished second to Callaway in Region 5-AAA and wasn’t ranked after the regular season, but it made it to the state quarterfinals before losing to Ringgold.

The state champions in the other classifications all finished atop the rankings.

Those teams were Norcross (Class AAAAAA), Creekside (Class AAAAA), Griffin (Class AAAA), Lovett (Class AA) and Aquinas (Class A).