After watching the Troup Tigers walk away with an overtime victory a year ago, the Cavaliers turned the tables this season, and they left no doubt about the outcome.
The Cavaliers used a strong running game, an extraordinary effort from Terry Godwin, and a stingy defense to handle the Tigers 28-7 in the renewal of the county rivalry.
After losing the first two games in the series, Callaway has won two of the past three, both in blowout fashion.
“I’m real proud of our kids,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “It was a great week of practice, and we just felt good coming into the game. You could feel the confidence in the kids. They had a great attitude out here in the pre-game. They were very focused.”
The Cavaliers were coming off a 43-37 loss to Heard County two weeks ago, and Wiggins was glad to see the defense come out with a strong effort against Troup.
“We challenged our defense,” Wiggins said. “We didn’t feel like we did a very good job tackling two weeks ago. Coach (Dusty) Hubbard and the defensive staff did a great job.”
Free safety Cortez Leonard, who played at Troup last season before transferring to Callaway, said “we were grinding after the hard, tough loss against Heard. We felt like we were going to put in the work and keep on moving.”
Troup, meanwhile, fell to 0-2 after last week’s 15-13 road loss to Redan.
“In a lot of ways we improved vastly over last week,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said. “But at the same time, there are things that are causing us to be inconsistent. You can’t not put points on the board against a team like that that has a high-powered offense. You know they’re going to score some points.”
The Cavaliers scored points in a hurry Friday night.
After Godwin returned the opening kickoff to the Troup 29-yard line, the Cavaliers needed six plays to find the end zone.
Godwin put the first points on the board when, after a fumble, he fell on the ball in the end zone less than four minutes into the game.
Chase Freeman’s extra point, his first of four, put Callaway up 7-0.
From there, it was a defensive tussle for the rest of the first half.
Both teams moved the ball, but neither squad was able to put anything on the scoreboard, and Callaway had a 7-0 lead at the half.
The Cavaliers took control in the third quarter.
After a Troup punt, Callaway’s offense went to work.
Quarterback Tez Parks found Godwin for a 27-yard completion, and running back Kel Kyles picked up a fumble and ran the ball more than 20 yards into Troup territory.
Parks finished things off with a 10-yard run followed by an 18-yard touchdown scamper, and the Cavaliers led 14-0 with 5:05 left in the third quarter.
Godwin, already working on a huge game, added his most electrifying highlight of the game later in the quarter.
Godwin fielded a punt near his own 10-yard line, and he outraced the Troup defenders for an 88-yard touchdown, and the Cavaliers found themselves up 21-0 late in the quarter.
The Cavaliers’ fourth and final touchdown was set up by another terrific special-teams play, with Parks charging through to block a punt.
Two plays later, Rosser scored on an 18-yard run, and Freeman planted the extra point through the uprights, giving Callaway a 28-0 lead with 11:52 to play.
Troup avoided the shutout with a 52-yard scoring drive that came after a Callaway fumble.
Ricky Frazier and Daryl Dunlap each had long runs on the drive, with Dunlap ripping off a 13-yard run on fourth-and-eight.
Lemonta Truitt capped the drive with a 2-yard scoring run, and Will Bates made the extra point with 5:06 left in the game.
Callaway is off next week, while Troup will host Newnan on Friday.