The rivalry between the Callaway Cavaliers and Troup County Tigers was renewed Friday evening at Callaway Stadium with the Cavaliers winning 27-7.
This game was crucial for both teams for some of the same but different reasons.
For the Cavaliers, this was their first game of the regular season after a long layoff due to COVID-19 and game cancellations. More importantly for them, they are a 2-AA state title contender every year and this game would be a measuring stick for how they are this season and how they would rebound with the loss of talent.
The talent I am speaking of is Cortavious “Tank” Bigsby who graduated last season and is now playing running back for the Auburn Tigers. Charlie Dixson who was Bigsby’s backup has some big shoes to fill and help lead the Cavaliers to a state title in which most people are predicting the Cavaliers to do this season.
Meanwhile, for Troup County, a win is much needed for two reasons. After their 28-14 loss to Harris County last week, a win is needed to help the team move forward and gain more confidence. Also, a victory in this game is important simply because they are BYE next week and do not want to go into BYE week 0-2.
The moral of the story, it is a rivalry game and both teams want this victory bad.
The second quarter is when the Cavaliers drew first blood as running back Charlie Dixson rushed in from 14 yards, putting the Cavaliers ahead 7-0.
The next offensive series with six minutes remaining in the quarter, Cavaliers quarterback Demetrius Coleman connected with receiver Jalin Shephard from 18 yards to take a 14-0 lead going into halftime.
Troup County made things interesting midway into the third quarter as freshman quarterback Taeo Todd found Navelle Dean cutting the Cavaliers lead to seven.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cavaliers Osiris Rivas returned a kickoff, dodging multiple Tigers defenders to put the Cavaliers back in front by 14.
From that point on, it was all Dixson and the Cavaliers as his 40 yard rushing touchdown sealed the 27-7 Cavaliers win.
Dixson’s big night was due to one major thing, mental strength.
“We never let go; We never put our head down,” Dixson said. “We stretched it out, we drunk our water and we kept pushing.”
On the win itself, Dixson is glad and confident in his teams potential.
“This team can go a very long way,” said Dixson. “Without the adversity, we would never know how far we’ve come. Now that we know how far we have come by beating a rival team, it makes us work hard and keep pushing.”