Versatile Cavaliers Smoke Lamar, Thompson: “We’re finding our rhythm”

Whether they’re ahead or behind, they always seem to play with a purpose.

That’s just the Cavalier football concept. Callaway High plays all out – from offense, to defense, to special teams.

Senior center Lawrence Thompson and the Cavaliers showcased some of that versatility on Thursday night in a 48-7 rout of the Lamar County Trojans. Callaway High scored the final 48 points in the Region 5-AA game. That is not uncommon for the fourth-ranked Cavaliers. They know how to win, and they are well schooled in the prep football fundamentals. Callaway High never goes into a game unprepared.

That is why the Cavaliers contend year in and year out in the region and in the state. Thompson, the 6-foot, 195-pound lineman, has the routine memorized and ingrained. He and the Cavaliers did play like they expected to win against Lamar County.

“We’re finding our rhythm. We’re getting physical, and we’re getting the job done,” said Thompson.

The Trojans weren’t quite convinced at first. Lamar County hit the Cavaliers between the eyes with a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Trojans got the Cavaliers attention with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Stout to sophomore running back Enrico Harden. Lamar County’s touchdown was set up by a Trojan fumble recovery at the Callaway High 22 yard line. The Cavaliers got down to business pretty soon after that.

Callaway High took its game to the next football rung, beginning with a D.J. Atkins 36-yard touchdown run with 3:45 left in the first period. The Cavaliers added a little sugar and spice with a Noah Stephens PAT, deadlocking the game at 7-7.

The game would never be tied again, however. Callaway High was on its way to gaining a foothold in the region proceedings at the stadium in LaGrange. Next up for the Cavaliers was junior linebacker Tely Fanning, Jr., who scored on a 33-yard interception return with 53.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Callaway High had its first lead of the evening at 14-7. But that would not be the Cavaliers last lead of the night. They kept going back for more. Following a Cartavious Bigsby fumble recovery in the second period, the Cavaliers scored again on an 18yard touchdown run. Bigsby took the ball into the land of milk and honey. He