They aren’t perfect, but they are lethal.
D.Q. Wilkerson and the Cavaliers, the No. 2 team in the state, dusted off Columbus High, 44-13 in a football rout at Callaway Stadium on Friday night. Checking out the action were 2,000 fans, along with one major player by the name of Wilkerson.
He is Callaway High’s trend-setting senior, and he does know how to push the Cavaliers button. They needed it, too. Wilkerson gave Callaway High some breathing room with two punt returns for touchdowns, one coming with 1:18 left in the first half and the other coming with 10:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“We got some key blocks. I couldn’t do it without my teammates. We know when to go,” said Wilkerson, the kid with the 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash.
Not once, but twice he went the distance, and Wilkerson changed the complexion of the game with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. Following that was a Wilkerson 80-yard punt return for a score two quarters later.
Cavalier head coach Pete Wiggins was breathing easy after those two plays. They were life-savers for the Cougars, who needed something to offset all of their other problems. Callaway High did not have an error free game.
“We had a lot of penalties and a lot of (mental) mistakes. But our team still believes in what we do. We had some real good plays on special teams. That changed the momentum,” said Wiggins.
His battle-tested Cavaliers, 3-0 on the year, also made a game-changing type of play in the second period. Callaway High senior running back D.J. Atkins practically walked in on a 60-yard touchdown catch on a “flea flicker” with 4:23 left in the first half. That play had a “busted coverage” written all over it. The Cavaliers found their juice .
“They had two trick plays and two punt returns (for touchdowns). We also had too many penalties,” said Blue Devils head coach Phil Marino. “We still felt like we were just as good as they were. We ran the ball well.”
Columbus High junior Caleb Bailey picked up his big feet for 73 yards on 14 carries. The Blue Devils also passed for 142 yards with Bailey and junior signal Donovan Carter. But Callaway High had far too much talent – even for the Blue Devils.
Atkins and sophomore Cartavious Bigsby both had rushing touchdowns for the Cavaliers. Atkins had a 22-yard scoring run in the first period, and Bigsby added a 4-yard touchdown at the 11:06 mark of the second quarter.
And no Callaway High football game would be complete without a safety. The Cavalier defense scored another deuce with a third quarter safety, giving Callaway High a 30-7 lead.