The Callaway Cavaliers took the first step toward a second straight region championship.
Facing Jackson on homecoming night at Callaway Stadium, the Cavaliers rolled to a 33-0 lead in the first half, and they went on to claim a 39-14 victory in their Region 4-AAA opener.
The Cavaliers went 7-0 in the region a year ago to capture the top spot.
“We had a great week of practice,” said Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins, whose team bounced back from last week’s loss to Harris County. “It all starts on Sunday with film, and the kids practiced well. It was just a really good feeling coming into the game.”
After forcing Jackson to punt on its opening possession, the Cavaliers went to work, going 78 yards for the touchdown.
Devon Rosser had a 29-yard run to get things started, and he also finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, and Chase Freeman’s extra point made it a 7-0 game.
After an Ed Daniel interception, the Cavaliers had a short field to work with, and they went 41 yards for their second touchdown.
Quarterback Tez Parks had completions of 14 and 15 yards to Terry Godwin on the drive, setting up Eddie Culpepper’s 13-yard touchdown run, with Freeman nailing the extra point to give Callaway a 14-0 lead.
After a short Jackson punt, the Cavaliers needed just one play to score again.
Parks dropped back, and he found his favorite target, Godwin, wide open near the goal line.
Godwin made the catch, and he waltzed into the end zone for the touchdown, and Callaway led 20-0 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Cavaliers had a two-play scoring drive, with Parks beating the Jackson defense for a 39-yard scoring run, and Freeman’s extra point making it a 27-0 game with 6:19 left in the half.
Later in the quarter, Culpepper had runs of 15 and 27 yards to set up Rosser’s 3-yard touchdown run, and the lead was 33-0.
Jackson did hit on a long touchdown pas late in the half to cut Callaway’s lead to 33-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, after a Lorenzo Patterson sack forced Jackson to punt, the Cavaliers went 41 yards for their final touchdown of the game.
Rosser had an 11-yard run to get the drive started, and Culpepper followed with an 18-yard run, and then a 12-yard touchdown run to give Callaway a 39-6 lead with 9:13 left in the third quarter.
Callaway had another long drive later in the third quarter, with Cedric Maynard ripping off runs of 17 and 19 yards, but that possession ended with a missed field goal.
Jackson added a final touchdown with moments left in the game.
Callaway will be on the road against Chapel Hill on Friday.