Now, on the heels of last week’s impressive 35-0 victory over Chapel Hill, the Cavaliers are preparing for arguably the toughest Region 4-AAA test they’ll face all year when they visit the Central-Carroll Lions.
There are two teams in the region that have winning records overall, and there are two teams that have unbeaten records in region play.
Those two teams will meet Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Central-Carroll’s stadium.
Callaway (4-1 overall) brings a 2-0 region record into the game, while Central-Carroll (4-2) moved to 3-0 in the region with a 35-6 win over B.E.S.T. Academy two weeks ago.
The Lions were off last week.
“Central-Carroll is very well-coached,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said. “Coach (Grant) Chesnut does a great job. I think this is his second year, and he has a great staff. Their kids have bought into his program, and they play hard. It’s just going to be a great ballgame.”
After opening the season with three straight wins, the Lions fell to Ringgold and Pike County in back-to-back weeks before their impressive showing against B.E.S.T.
Jayleen Terry ran for 168 yards with three touchdowns in that game, and Central’s defense has four interceptions.
“They’re as good as they’ve been in awhile,” Callaway offensive coordinator Matt Napier said. “We’re looking forward to playing them. It’s a big test. It’s their homecoming game, so that’ll be a big game right there. It’ll be a big-time atmosphere.”
For Callaway, it’s all about taking more steps forward according to Wiggins.
Even in last week’s domination of Chapel Hill, Wiggins said there are areas where the team can improve.
“We try to get better each week and learn from our mistakes,” Wiggins said. “Even when you play well, there’s always things where you can get better. That’s what we have to do.
“We had several penalties Friday night, and we missed some tackles and some assignments up front. We have to keep getting better and working at what we do.”
Still, it was an awfully impressive showing against a Chapel Hill team expected to earn a playoff spot in the region.
Callaway’s offense ran up huge numbers, and the defense tossed a shutout.
Wiggins said it was a matter of taking what was accomplished in practice and carrying it over to game day.
“I feel like it was one of our better weeks of practice,” Wiggins said. “The kids came out and executed, and it sure feels good when you can execute the way you practice.
“I was real proud of our kids’ effort in the Chapel Hill game.”