For the first 30 minutes of Monday’s showdown with the rival Troup Tigers, the Callaway Cavaliers had their hands full.
It was back-and-forth, with both teams just missing on legitimate scoring opportunities.
With a little more than nine minutes left in the first half, the Cavaliers broke through, with Kevin Craig finding the net for the game’s first goal.
The Cavaliers added another goal late in the first half to go up 2-0, and they continued to dominate things in the second half on the way to a 4-0 victory.
After the first goal, Callaway coach Jake Hembree said “it was pretty much us the whole time.”
The Cavaliers, coming off Friday’s emotional region victory over Chapel Hill that went to penalty kicks, have improved to 6-3.
Two of the losses came to LaGrange and Whitewater teams ranked in the top 10 in their respective classifications, and the Cavaliers also fell to Central-Carroll in a Region 4-AAA game.
“I’m proud of my boys. They’ve worked hard,” Hembree said.
After Craig’s breakthrough goal, senior Devin Eskew scored with 2:55 left in the first half to make it 2-0.
In the second half, Kevin Craig scored to make it 3-0, and Craig capped the scoring with his second goal.
In Monday’s girls’ game, Troup was down 1-0 in the second half, but it rallied for a 2-1 victory.
Jesse Copeland had both of Troup’s goals, and Ida Kartvlaski scored for Callaway.
“We’ll take it,” Troup coach Jase Crenshaw said. “Last year they got us 2-0 at their place.”