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Wiggins Declares Callaway Ready, Troup High isn’t So Sure

Wiggins Declares Callaway Ready, Troup High isn’t So Sure

Chris Fernsler

A treacherous off-season, which was riddled with uncertainty and the coronavirus pandemic, is just about over for Callaway High School.

There was a time when the Cavaliers weren’t promised anything, including a fall football season. But tonight in Callaway Stadium the Cavaliers will get their season underway with a game against county rival Troup High.

Coach Pete Wiggins and the Cavaliers will savor every minute, every first down and each touchdown. Callaway High is anxious to test the football waters tonight against the Troup High Tigers.

“Troup is a good football team. They are physical, and they are always great competition,” said Wiggins.

The Tigers already have a game under their football belt. Troup High opened the season last week with a 28-14 setback against Harris County in Hamilton. Troup High lost despite grinding away for 453 yards and 15 first downs.

Coach Tanner Glisson’s team moved the ball at will and in a forceful way. Troup High freshman quarterback Taeo Todd was responsible for 178 all-purpose yards.

The Tigers also had a team total of 333 rushing yards. Troup High was as quick as West Georgia lightning, thanks in part to senior running back Anthony Ferguson.

He darted for 233 yards on 18 carries. Ferguson scored on touchdown runs of 97 and 28 yards, both in the second half.

And Troup High enters the rivalry game against Callaway High in a bad mood and with a chip on its shoulder. Tonight’s game will kick off at 8 p.m.

The Cavaliers are ready to hold up their end of the football rivalry. Callaway High is ranked fourth in the state in Class AA going into this game.

“This is a big rivalry. It means everything. I have some friends on Troup, and this is going to be good. We just need to come off the ball,” said Lathan Patterson, the 6foot, 290-pound senior offensive guard for the Cavaliers.

Callaway High realizes there might be a razor thin line between winning and losing this evening at Callaway Stadium. The Cavaliers respect the unranked and 0-1 Tigers.

But Callaway High does not fear the Class AAAA team from Troup.

“We have a job to do. We are expected to execute on every play. We want to dominate. Troup is our cross-town rival, and there is going to be a lot of emotion (on the field),” said Cavalier senior tailback Charlie Dixon, who has 20 scholarship offers (Texas A& M, Mississippi State and Louisville included).

Dixon, a 6-foot-2, 227pound power back, is anxious to set the tone for the Cavalier football season. It all begins for Callaway High against the Troup High Tigers tonight.

“We want to win, and it’s going to be competitive. I need to keep running,” said Dixon.

The Cavaliers are guaranteed nothing against the equally talented Tigers. The game is going to get personal. The contest is going to be won on the line of scrimmage.

Who wants it the most – the Cavaliers or the Tigers?

There is going to be some hurt feelings and some sore hamstrings. But that is the way it is supposed to be in the Troup High-Callaway football rivalry.

Some blood will be spilled and some blocks will be made. Community pride is there for the taking.

“We have (already) been through some adversity (with the pandemic). Our kids are excited (about this game). We need to play consistent football,” said coach Pete Wiggins of Callaway High.

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