It’s going to be state versus state and the Cavaliers against the Tigers tonight in Roanoke, Ala.
The No. 6-ranked Handley Tigers will meet the No. 8- ranked Callaway Cavaliers at 8 p.m. (eastern standard time) in a prep football tug-of- war. Both teams will bring a lot to the field, including prime time athletes.
“Handley is one of the top schools in 4A (in Alabama). They have 32 seniors, and coach Larry Strain does a great job. It’s going to be tough. They have a lot of tradition. Their defense is big, and their offense can do a lot of things,” said Callaway head football coach Pete Wiggins.
The Cavaliers have some long, lean and mean football players, too. Callaway ransacked LaGrange High, 37-6 last week in the Cavaliers first game of the season. Callaway will take some momentum and a 1-0 record to Alabama this evening.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said Cavalier junior running back D’jon Atkins, who opened the season with an 118-yard game last Friday against the Grangers.
Atkins & Co. are anything but tentative and iffy. The Cavaliers expect to be 2-0 at the end of the night. Callaway is prepared for anything – including Handley’s kitchen sink.
“Alabama schools are always good. We’re going to have to keep fighting,” said Atkins. “It’s going to be a tough crowd.”
Callaway junior defensive end Lichon Terrell will get his first start of the season against Handley. Terrell is ready to tackle any Tiger that shows his white teeth. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Terrell plays on a deep and talented Cavalier defensive line.
“We run to the ball and show effort. We’re physical, and we dig in. We’re going to have to finish plays (against Handley),” said Terrell.
Marquavious Colton, a junior defensive end for Callaway, is also being counted on tonight against the Tigers.
“We’re going to have to play hard. We can’t take any plays off,” said Colton.
The Callaway-Handley game is a complete toss up. It is anybody’s football game, and it is something that stirs Lawrence Thompson’s competitive juices.
Thompson is the starting center for the Cavaliers.
“We’re going to have to get our blocks and techniques. We feel good,” said Thompson.
Cavalier junior place kicker Noah Stephens is also ready to put the boot to the Handley Tigers. Stephens has seven points already on the season with four PAT’s and one field goal.
“Our team is confident. We came out with a bang (last week against LaGrange), and we have to keep it up,” said Stephens.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer