In a first-round playoff game at Callaway Stadium, the Cavaliers found themselves trailing 7-6 after the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, who made the trip up from the southern part of the state in Reidsville, football is a four-quarter game.
The Cavaliers exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter, and they continued to pour it on in the second half en route to a 49-7 victory.
There was not an area of the game where the Cavaliers didn’t dominate the Warriors, and the end result was a stress-free Friday evening at the stadium for Pete Wiggins’ Cavaliers, who have reached the second round of the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
And here’s a scary thought for possible future opponents of the Cavaliers, according to one of the team’s top play-makers, running back and linebacker Eddie Culpepper, “we’re just getting better and better.”
It’s hard to argue with the junior.
The Cavaliers haven’t had a close game since beating Central-Carroll 14-10 on Oct. 12.
In the five games since then, the Cavaliers have beaten each of their opponents by at least 27 points.
Friday night was more of the same, although there were some bumps in the road in the first half with turnovers and penalties that allowed the Warriors to hang in there for awhile.
“We turned the ball over three times in the first half and had a couple of penalties that stung us,” Wiggins said. “But we were able to overcome that and got the momentum going into the half. It was just a good feeling at halftime with the kids.”
The Cavaliers’ first touchdown, a 1-yard scoring run from quarterback Tez Parks, was set up by a Deon Bray interception return.
The Warriors scored their lone touchdown after a Callaway turnover, and the extra point gave the visiting team a 7-6 lead, which was the score through one quarter.
From there, it was all Callaway.
Parks took off on a 56-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter, and Devon Rosser’s 24-yard scoring run later in the quarter pushed the lead to 21-7.
Callaway closed the first half in style, with Parks delivering a perfectly thrown pass to Terry Godwin for a 31-yard touchdown.
“That was a big score for us, and I feel like it gave us a lot of momentum going into halftime,” Wiggins said.
The Cavaliers kept the good times going on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, with Rosser ripping off a 71-yard touchdown run.
“It was a big run,” Wiggins said. “(Rosser) did a great job hitting the trap, and the offensive line, he’d be the first one to brag on those guys up front. They did a great job opening up holes.”
Cortez Leonard added a 50-yard scoring run later in the third quarter, and Wilson Lindsey capped the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown.
As good as Callaway’s offense was, and it was tremendous, the defensive effort was just as impressive against a high-scoring Tatnall County team.
“Their offense is scoring a lot of points,” Wiggins said. “They have a great quarterback. Our defense really played physical tonight. It really set the tone for the ballgame. It put us in good situations, and our offense was able to capitalize.”