Of course they have something to prove.
Few prep football experts are picking the Callaway High Cavaliers over top-ranked Rockmart in the Class AA state football semifinals. Tonight in Rockmart the Cavaliers do plan to leave it all on the field.
And that includes some sweat. Callaway High will show up with a chip on its shoulder in the 7:30 p.m. game.
“We’re good enough to beat any team,” said Cavalier sophomore quarterback Demetrius Coleman.
He does not doubt that Callaway High is good enough to break Rockmart’s 13-game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets are undefeated, and Callaway High doesn’t fear them.
Respect them, yes. Fear them, no.
“We can match everything that they have. They’re a good team. We’re a good team. We just need to execute and get the ball to our playmakers,” said Coleman.
So what else do the Cavaliers, 11-2 on the season, have for the Yellow Jackets?
“We have teamwork. We’re all on the same page,” Coleman said of the Cavaliers.
Callaway High senior linebacker Tely Fanning is also thinking positive as the Cavalier bus heads to Rockmart. The Cavaliers will likely need their “A” game, and Callaway High is working on that.
“This is going to be a dog fight. Rockmart is fast and quick. They have some shifty [running] backs. But we’re big, and we gang tackle,” said Fanning.
The Cavaliers are going to need every ounce of energy and every man on deck. Callaway High fully understands.
“We’ve got the heart. We are going to need [allout] effort,” said the 5foot-8, 164-pound Fanning.
The Cavaliers are not being asked to do something that they aren’t capable of. Just last November, Callaway High defeated Rockmart, 40-35 in the second round of the state football playoffs.
One year later, the Cavaliers are back for more, and they are determined. Callaway High loves November football, and above all, the Cavaliers play to win.
Coach Pete Wiggins wouldn’t have it any other way.
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