BY JAKE GONZALEZ
FOR THE OBSERVER
Callaway High School has made the semifinals in the Georgia Class AA state tournament six of the last eight seasons. The Cavaliers last won a state championship in 2020 and made the semifinals last season.
“Over the years, there is an expectation of success,” said Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins. “Every time we step out onto the field there is determination and the expectation to succeed. Our seniors, we have 16, have done a great job leading our program.”
Wiggins has been the coach of Callaway for 18 seasons and has totaled over 160 wins with the program. Last season, Callaway went 10-3 en route to its 31-6 semifinal loss to Thomasville but the Cavaliers opened the season with a matchup against Opelika, where they took down the bulldogs 30-21 in Opelika.
Much like last season, Callaway opens the 2022-23 season against Opelika High School on Aug. 19 in Callaway, Georgia. This will be the fourth time that these two schools have faced. Opelika has only beaten Callaway once in this series.
“Our schedule is very demanding,” Wiggins said. “Opelika High School has one of the richest traditions in the state of Alabama. They got great coaches, players and facilities. What a great opponent. You work hard and put a lot of hours in to get to play programs like Opelika.”