Game of the Week: Callaway at Troup


The Callaway Cavaliers and Troup County Tigers are set to square off in a non-conference rivalry game, in what is expected to be a showdown at Callaway Stadium. The series is split at five wins each, and both teams are eager to gain a leg up. This year the Cavaliers will play without running back Tank Bigsby who joined the Auburn University Tigers.

“We took the rivalry last year,” said senior running back and linebacker Charlie Dixon. “We lost great players, but we also hope to keep it up and take the rivalry again this year because we want to be the best in the city.”

In 2019, Callaway defeated Troup 56-45.

“Everybody knows this is big,” said Troup senior running back and Manchester transfer Anthony Ferguson. “Troup and Callaway it’s all about bragging rights.”

“Just looking to make a statement since I’m (1-1) against them since I’ve been at Callaway,” said senior wide receiver and cornerback Jalin Shephard. “I’m looking to up the score on them.”

Both teams will ground and pound the ball Friday night with their talented senior running backs. Callaway’s Charlie Dixon leads the charge for the Cavaliers, and speedy Anthony Ferguson looks to lead the Tigers to victory. Last week against Harris County, Ferguson broke away on a 97-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

“Two great running backs. One is a bruiser (Dixon) and one is more of a speed guy (Ferguson),” said Troup Head Coach Tanner Glisson. “You know, depending on what you like if you like running backs you’ll get a little bit of everything Friday.”

“Doody (Anthony) Ferguson is a good running back,” said Troup senior safety Jace Godwin. “In practice, hard to tackle. Hard to tackle Charlie Dixon on the other side, so it will be good competition for us.”

“We’ve had a lot of weight on his shoulders last year,” said Callaway Head Coach Pete Wiggins. “We expect to do that again this year, but you know Charlie will be the first to say it all starts up front.”

Quarterback experience favors Callaway with senior Demetrius Coleman at the helm.

“It’s very important. I’ve got to do everything because I’ll remember this for the rest of my life,” said Coleman. “I’ve really got to do anything and everything to win.”

Troup’s freshman quarterback Taeo Todd earned the respect and trust to lead the Tigers. Just ask the defense he faces every day at practice.

“He’s a great player man. I mean to be that young and be able to do the things that he do,” said Troup junior lineman Demontae Reed. “He’s a good player. He looks like a vet out there.”

“We’re excited. We’re turning the keys over with him,” said Glisson. “We’re just going to turn him loose and let him play.”

Kickoff is set for Friday, September 11 at 8 p.m. EST at Callaway Stadium. 1,500 tickets will be sold prior to the game.

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