Each Tuesday throughout football season, I’ll be taking a look back at some of the biggest plays, and some of the best performances from the previous week’s football games.
There was just one game last week, but there were plenty of terrific individual showings, and there were obviously no shortage of big plays during the overtime thriller between Callaway and LaGrange.
Here are some of the moments that stood out during that classic game, which Callaway won 20-14 after trailing 14-0 in the fourth quarter.
TIMELY CATCH: It was a desperate situation for the Callaway Cavaliers.
They had the ball down by seven points, and with less than two minutes remaining in the game, they were facing a third-and-20 from their own 10-yard line.
That’s when senior wide receiver Nick Woodyard came through with an enormous play.
Quarterback Dre Martin was rolling out, and he spotted Woodyard on the left sideline.
Martin put the ball in a perfect spot, and Woodyard made the catch and managed to keep a foot inbounds.
That 20-yard catch gave the Cavaliers a first down, and they went on to drive 70 more yards for the touchdown.
Woodyard said the play did not go as scripted.
“The play backfired,” Woodyard said. “It was going to the other side. He just happened to see me. I put my hand up.”
Martin ended up making some huge plays on that scoring drive.
After the completion to Woodyard, Martin had completions of 12 yards to Michael Moss, and nine yards to Cortney Laye that put the ball on the LaGrange 6-yard line.
Martin also had some big runs that helped keep the drive alive.
Martin is in his first season as the Cavaliers’ starting quarterback after serving as a backup to Tez Parks a year ago.
“He’s been practicing every day, getting it right,” Woodyard said.
In overtime, it was Martin’s 4-yard touchdown run that gave the Cavaliers the win.
Martin said scoring on that play “was the only thing I had on my mind. I had to win it for my team.”
SOLID DEBUT: Sophomore Amad Ogletree didn’t appear to have any stage fright Friday night.
Ogletree was making his debut as LaGrange’s quarterback, and he did it before a full house at Callaway Stadium.
Ogletree completed 4-of-7 passes for 31 yards, and while he did throw one interception, that came late in the first half and it didn’t lead to any points.
Ogletree also threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Laperion Perry, but that play was disallowed because of a penalty.
Ogletree also made a sensational play with his legs late in the game.
With the Grangers nursing a seven-point lead, they were facing a third-and-five situation from their own 26-yard line.
Ogletree looked like he was going to be tackled in the backfield, but he managed to stay on his feet, and he raced down the left sideline for a 44-yard gain to the Callaway 26-yard line.
At the time, it looked like that play might seal the victory for the Grangers.
On the next play, though, LaGrange lost a fumble, and Callaway recovered and drove for the tying touchdown.
BIG STOPS: LaGrange had its share of success running the ball Friday night, but when Callaway’s defense had to make a play, it did.
Two huge plays stood out in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers recovered a fumble that led to the tying touchdown.
Then in overtime, Callaway’s defense made a goal-line stand to keep LaGrange out of the end zone.
The Grangers had it first-and-goal from the 5-yard line, and Mon Denson carried the ball three straight times to set up a fourth down from the 1-yard line.
Denson got the call again, and Callaway’s defense kept him out of the end zone.
The Cavaliers scored a touchdown when they got the ball in overtime to win it.
A LOT OF DENSON: It was no surprise coming into Friday’s game that senior running back Mon Denson was going to be a big part of the game plan.
With a sophomore quarterback making his first start, the Grangers figured to have a conservative offensive game plan that would include a lot of carries for Denson.
And that’s just the way it worked out.
Denson had more than 20 carries, and while the Cavaliers did a pretty decent job on him, he still ended up with more than 100 yards.
Denson’s longest carry on the night was a 15-yard run that set up a Kimani Barnes 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
While Denson did a lot of the heavy lifting during the game, he didn’t score a touchdown.
LaGrange’s two touchdowns were scored by Barnes, along with Jeremiah Wright, whose 9-yard touchdown run gave his team a 14-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
BUSY EDDIE: No player had a busier night than Callaway’s Eddie Culpepper.
Culpepper headlined Callaway’s offense and had a big night carrying the ball, and he also played most of the game on defense from his linebacker position.
Culpepper, despite spending most of the game on the field, didn’t shown any signs of slowing down.
In overtime, after Callaway was pushed back to the 20-yard line because of a penalty, Culpepper had consecutive runs of 12 and four yards to set up a first down at the 4-yard line.
Quarterback Dre Martin scored the game-winning touchdown on the next play.
Late in the fourth quarter, it was Culpepper crossing the goal line for the touchdown.
With 21 seconds left in regulation, Culpepper scored on a 6-yard run, and Cameron Spinks made the extra point to tie it at 14-14.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Culpepper had a 13-yard run to begin a 69-yard touchdown drive.
Culpepper ended up with more than 120 rushing yards, and he averaged better than six yards per carry.
PLAY-MAKING PERRY: Sophomore Laperion Perry didn’t touch the ball much during Friday’s game, but when he did, he usually made something big happen.
Perry had two long runs, one covering 18 yards, and another one going for 32 yards that set up a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Perry also appeared to make a 33-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter.
Ogletree threw the ball downfield, and two Callaway players collided while trying to make an interception.
The ball deflected off the Callaway players, and into the arms of Perry, who was standing in the end zone.
A penalty wiped out the play, but the Grangers ended up scoring a touchdown on the drive anyway, with Perry adding an 8-yard catch.
GODWIN BREAKS THROUGH: LaGrange’s defense did a nice job corralling Callaway’s Terry Godwin for much of the night.
Godwin, a senior wide receiver, had caught one pass for nine yards in the game as the Cavaliers took over at their own 31-yard line trailing 14-0 with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers needed someone to come through with a big play, and Godwin made it happen.
On a first-down play, Godwin took a short pass from Dre Martin and went 29 yards to the LaGrange 27-yard line.
On the next play, Callaway opened up the play book.
Martin pitched the ball back to wide receiver Braylon Sanders, who threw a perfect pass to Godwin, who came down with the ball in the end zone for the score.
“Coach (Matt) Napier had it in his hip pocket, and it worked,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said of Godwin’s scoring catch.
The Cavaliers were on the board, and they went on to claim the dramatic win.
TEAM WORK: While Terry Godwin did have a big touchdown catch for Callaway, LaGrange’s defensive backs did a solid job covering him for most of the game.
Senior Triston Dozier had the responsibility of covering Godwin for much of the game, and Derieko Smith also helped out.
Dozier came up with a big interception late in the first half that thwarted a Callaway scoring opportunity.
Godwin ended the game with three catches for 65 yards.
THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS: The kickers for LaGrange and Callaway were both perfect on their extra-point attempts Friday night.
For LaGrange, Nathan Patton converted both of his attempts, and Cameron Spinks made both of his kicks for Callaway.
With 21 seconds left in regulation, Spinks was called upon to attempt an extra point to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Spinks’ kick split the uprights, and the game was tied 14-14.