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By the Numbers: Callaway is a Solid No. 1, Tigers are Ranked 24th

By the Numbers: Callaway is a Solid No. 1, Tigers are Ranked 24th

Callaway High School is still the team to beat.

The Cavaliers are also the football team that no one can beat. Callaway High, the little school with the big heart, still has that No. 1 look.

Unbeaten and highly motivated Callaway is the top-ranked team this week in the Class AA football poll. The Georgia Public Broadcasting Top 10 teams include Callaway (5-0), Fitzgerald (8-0), Rabun County (7-1), Thomasville (5-3), Haralson County (6-0), Putnam County (7-0), Fannin County (6-0), Lovett (5-2), Macon Northeast (5-1) and the Bleckley County Royals (6-2).

Callaway High is looking for the first state title in school history this year. This is not the most talented Cavalier football team ever, but CHS has proven game-after-game to be one of the grittiest teams in the state.

The Cavaliers have a presence about them, and they have some punishing players. They appear to be good enough to go the distance and a win a state championship ring this season.

Callaway High is a second half team. The Cavaliers have faced deficits and erased deficits this season in the second half of some games. And CHS has won with coach Pete Wiggins. The astute teacher of the game has found some Friday night grinders with senior running back Charlie Dixon, senior quarterback Demetrius Coleman, senior offensive guard Lathan Patterson (6-foot, 275 pounds) and senior twoway stud Jalin Shephard (wide receiver/cornerback).

The Cavaliers also depend heavily on junior place kicker Blake Eubanks and junior defensive end Keshawn Suggs. Troup High School is another chosen team – ranked, too.

Coach Tanner Glisson’s Tigers are ranked 24th in the MaxPreps Class AAAA state football poll. Troup High is on a fourgame winning streak. The Tigers are 4-3 overall and 4-1 in Region 2-AAAA.

Troup High is tied for third place in the region with LaGrange. The Tigers have a vaunted rushing attack with freshman quarterback Taeo Todd, senior tailback Anthony Ferguson and sophomore ball carrier A.J. Tucker.

Todd is averaging 133 yards per game. He breaks tackles and runs over defenders. He also averages 11 yards per carry. Todd has rushed for 937 yards on 79 carries.

Ferguson is hard to bring down, too. Ferguson, small and compact, is a sprinter. He has 535 yards and 75 carries, as well as five touchdowns on the season.

Tucker is a tough hombre as well for the Tigers. Tucker averages eight yards per carry, and has scored five more touchdowns. His backfield running mate, Todd, has seven rushing touchdowns on the year. Troup High is a perennial state playoff team, having made the postseason four years in a row in Class AAAA. The Tigers have lofty expectations this season, too.

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