Heard County Upsets Cavaliers; Holy Ground Decks Lafayette

The Callaway High Cavaliers are no longer the favorite to win the Region 5-AAfootballchampionship.

Heard County made sure of that as the Braves upset Callaway, 35-28 on Friday night in a region football game in Franklin. The Cavalier loss broke Callaway’s 25-game regular season winning streak, which began on Aug. 27, 2015.

But even in this game against Heard County, the Cavaliers still had their chances. The game was tied, 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Braves did take a 147 advantage in the second period.

Callaway High came back in the third quarter and outscored Heard County, 14-7 to pull into a 21-21 tie. But the Braves returned the favor in the fourth period as they outscored the Cavaliers, 14-7 to nail down the region win.

The Braves are now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the region. Callaway High, which went into the game with a No. 3 state ranking, now finds itself at 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the region.

Coach Pete Wiggins’ Cavaliers will return home for a region game with the Temple Tigers this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Callaway Stadium.

The Lafayette Christian Cougars, like the Cavaliers, are coming off a loss. Lafayette Christian bit the dust in a 70-20 defeat to Holy Ground Baptist last Friday night in Roopville. Lafayette Christian was on the short end of the football score with a deficit of 54-6 at halftime.

It was a long night for the Cougars, who fell to 1-7 on the season and 0-4 in the region.

“Holy Ground is a really good team. We battled with them. We drove the ball, and we didn’t have a bad offensive game. They just out-big-played us. Our effort was there, but our execution wasn’t,” said Lafayette Christian head coach Nate Shaw.

The Cougars did march the ball down to the Stallions 1 yard line before Holy Ground Baptist pulled off a goal line stand in the first quarter. The Stallions went on to score with every flavor in the ice cream shop.

“We had a hard time finishing tackles. We were going for the big hit all the time,” said Shaw. But the Cougars did compete, at least on offense. Lafayette Christian junior quarterback Landon Whitley snuke the ball in for an 8yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Cougars ran the ball once again for a Jacob Lueken 10-yard touchdown in the third period.

Lafayette Christian’s third touchdown of the game came on a 25-yard halfback pass from junior Mitch Crandall to Whitley in the fourth quarter. The Cougars kept moving the first down sticks in the remaining minutes in the game. Lafayette Christian just couldn’t play up to Holy Ground’s level.

The Stallions are the defending state football champions in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association.