A pair of senior standouts on the Callaway High football team had a photo finish in the team’s Ironman competition.
Terry Godwin and Eddie Culpepper were the top-two finishers in the two-day event that wrapped up last week.
Godwin ended up taking the top spot, with Culpepper finishing just behind him.
There were a series of events in the competition designed to test a player in a number of different areas including speed, strength, and endurance.
The competition ended with the mile run.
Godwin, a wide receiver and defensive back who has made a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia, finished with 206.5 points.
Culpepper, a running back who enjoyed a sensational junior season, was close behind with 204 points.
Another standout on the team, defensive back Mike Moss, was in third place with 193.5 points, and J.T. Wortham (190) and Cedric Maynard (185) rounded out the top five.
Devin Powell (184) was in sixth place, and completing the top 10 were Aaron Clausell (179), LaBronze Zelaya (177), Andrew Thomas (175.5) and Braylon Sanders (173.5).
STARTING EARLY AGAIN: For the third straight year, the Cavaliers will be starting their season earlier than most teams.
Most of the teams in the state will play their first regular-season game on Aug. 29.
Callaway will begin its season on Aug. 22 when it faces the LaGrange Grangers.
The past two years, Callaway’s opponent in what is dubbed zero week by the Georgia High School Association was Heard County.
In 2012, Heard County outscored Callaway 43-37.
A year ago, Callaway and Heard County once again faced off in zero week, and it was no contest.
The Cavaliers dominated the game from the get-go and won 34-0.
“Playing in that zero week pushes it up,” Callaway defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard said. “I think it’s good for your kids. It doesn’t seem like you have that long before you play.”
It does push up the time-table, though.
When the Cavaliers hold their first full-contact practice on Friday, they’ll be three weeks away from opening day.
Callaway will play a preseason game against Greenville on Aug. 15 in Hogansville.
“For the coaches, it kind of drives you crazy,” Hubbard said. “You feel like you’re cramming to get stuff in.”
Because the Cavaliers are playing a week early, they’ll have two off weeks during the season.
Callaway’s first off week will come after a game against Heard County on Sept. 5.
Callaway will take another week off after it plays Troup on Sept. 26.
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports