Only eight teams are left in the Georgia Class AA state championship hunt, and the Callaway Cavaliers are one of those football teams that is still living the dream and the good life.
Callaway High will put its reputation and its rear end on the line one more time tonight in a third round state playoff game at Brooks County (just 17 miles from Valdosta).
The Cavaliers are going a long way with something definite in mind – a playoff win over a familiar opponent. Callaway High beat Brooks County, 2814 in LaGrange last year in the second round of the state playoffs.
But the Cavaliers will be playing a more polished Trojan team this time around in the state football playoffs in the 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Quitman.
“Brooks County has a lot of tradition. They’re fast, and they hustle. We are going to have to create some turnovers,” said Callaway High head coach Pete Wiggins.
His 11-1 Cavaliers will lock facemasks and shoulder pads with a 10-1 Brooks County football team. One or the other, Callaway or the Trojans, will advance to next week’s semifinal round of the Class AA state playoffs.
Cavalier sophomore wide receiver Jacob Freeman sees no reason why that team of promise can’t be the Cavaliers. They have whipped Atlanta Douglass, 28-8 and Rockmart, 40-35 in the first two rounds of the state playoffs.
“We have three dynamic running backs, and we want it. We want to get to the dome (Mercedez-Benz Stadium for the state finals). Our defense has to step up, and our offense has to step up,” said Freeman.
Callaway High senior Kobe Jackson, the defensive back and split end, is willing to work for another playoff win with Freeman. The workload will be heavy for the Cavaliers in Quitman this evening.
But Jackson is going into the game with a chip on his shoulders. “We’re cocky and confident. We need to strip the ball,” said Jackson.
The Cavaliers need to do more than that. They need another clutch state playoff game from senior standout D.Q. Wilkerson, a playmaker on offense and defense.
“We have to play physical, and we have to play tough,” said Wilkerson.