Nobody can unload his bench quite like Callaway High football coach Pete Wiggins.
He got 90 players into the game, and he watched his Cavalier team run Cross Keys ragged in a 690 shutout on Friday night at Callaway Stadium. The Cavaliers did virtually everything right, including scoring on the first play from scrimmage on a Tank Bigsby 65-yard touchdown run. “We executed well. We always want to win, and we’re getting better,” said Wiggins, the guy who teaches discipline, teamwork and uptempo football.
The Cavaliers did it Wiggins’ way against the Cross Keys Indians. Right after Bigsby scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter, Callaway High followed that up by recovering the ball at the Indians 17 yard line on the kickoff.
On the play after that, Callaway High scored again on a Demetrius Coleman 17-yard touchdown pass to Cavalier senior wide receiver Jymere Jones. Cross Keys blocked the PAT, but the Cavaliers were ahead, 13-0.
And at the 8:28 mark of the first period, Coleman would throw another touchdown pass, a 28- yarder. Coleman completed 6-of-7 passes for 89 yards and three touchdowns in the beatdown.
The Cavaliers scored nine touchdowns in the game. Callaway High reeled off 442 yards (352 of it rushing) and 13 first downs. The Cavaliers made it look easy all night. Callaway High scored its fourth touchdown of the first quarter on a Bigsby 24-yard jog to the end zone.
“Callaway has a lot of speed and strength. We lack experience, and they are physical and athletic,” said coach John Bowen of Cross Keys (0-4).
The team from Atlanta had a hard time budging the Callaway High defense. The Cavaliers allowed only three first downs and a net total of 43 yards. Cross Keys quarterback Narvy Bibiano could not escape the pass rush of the Cavaliers.
Bibiano, a 5-foot-7 junior, ran the ball six times out of necessity for a total of minus 17 yards. Bibiano was sacked by Callaway High senior linebacker Jabari Smith three times in the first period.
“I used my techniques, and I stayed focused. Our defense plays hard,” said Smith, the 220-pound defensive dynamo.
Nobody on the Indians football team came close to scoring against the Cavaliers. Cross Keys fullback Roy Huff had six carries for 11 yards. Indians running back Isidro Santillano had five carries for 11 yards.
Indians senior tailback Malique Towns took some shots and felt some pain as well. Towns rushed for 25 yards on nine carries. Callaway High, in the meantime, felt the need to score some more.
And did with four touchdowns in the second quarter. Coleman scored on a 48-yard run. Bigsby also went untouched on a 70-yard touchdown sprint. The Cavaliers reopened the passing attack with a Coleman 15-yard scoring toss to senior Markus Morman.
Callaway High would score again with 32 seconds left in the first half. The Cavaliers took a 55-0 lead to the dressing room at halftime.
In the third period, Callaway High scored its last two touchdowns of the game. The Cavaliers had one rushing touchdown and one defensive score in the third stanza.
Cross Keys has scored just one touchdown in four games this year. The Indians left Callaway Stadium after getting shut out, thanks to the Cavaliers.
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Chris Fernsler Sports Writer