Last week’s 19-7 loss to Wesleyan put the Astros at 0-1 to begin the season. They will seek their first win of the season in their home opener against the Callaway Cavaliers.
This is a rematch from last year’s 2-A state quarterfinals in which the Cavaliers came out victorious 41-20.
For the Astros, it will be a get back game in which they would love to win but also avoid falling to 0-2 on the season before beginning Class 3-A Region 5 play.
The Astros loss to the Wesleyan Wolves was a nail biter in a game that could have gone either way. In particular, the Astros had many opportunities to win the game but a game-sealing interception cemented their chances at a late game-winning drive.
Astros running back Quintavious Lockett scored the lone touchdown in the game for the Astros and will look to have a big game. Lockett has shown since last season that he can carry to load for the Astros and get loose for big runs.
Quarterback Quindarius Sterling is also seeking a better offensive performance after a subpar game last week against Wesleyan. Although he shares the position with quarterback D’Andre Watson, Sterling’s passing game is what keeps opposing defenses from loading the box to stop Lockett.
There is no doubt that if the Astros get the upset win, Lockett and Sterling will be a major part or one of the main reasons for it.
The Cavaliers have some great players as well on both sides of the ball. Running back Charlie Wilson and quarterback Demetris Coleman are returners from last season’s team.
Wilson is a three-star running back with major offers from power five schools such as Mississippi State and Tennessee according to 24-7 Sports, Dixson is what makes the Cavaliers running game vicious and dangerous. After playing behind five-star running back Cortavious “Tank” Bigsy who is now at Auburn, Dixson has taken over the reins of the Cavaliers ground game and is a huge reason why the Cavaliers are picked to win the state title in Class 2-A.
Alongside him is quarterback Demetrius Coleman who is an experienced senior that makes the Cavaliers passing game potent. Since starting for the Cavaliers in his sophomore year, he has kept the Cavaliers offense up to speed and one of the best in the state and Class 2-A.
Here is a key and underrated stat is both teams defenses so far this season:
The Astros have only allowed 13 points but only one touchdown in their loss to Wesleyan.
In the Cavaliers wins against Troup County and Hardway, they have allowed 13 points as well but both were touchdowns.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Lakewood Stadium Friday.