The NFL writer Chris Wesseling once said the question he asked a sportswriter looking for a job was, “How do you reconcile the essential meaningless of sports?”
It’s an open-ended question with a lot of good answers, and one of them could be seen Friday night at Caledonia High School, where the school and town came out in force to support the Cavaliers football team in what has been a history-making season..
The 61-41 win over Mooreville was significant in the history of the Cavaliers’ program. It was their seventh win of the year, matching a program best last reached in 1989. And it set up a showdown at Itawamba Agricultural on Friday in a game that likely will decide the district title.
The crowd was roaring during a cool autumn night, with football weather finally beginning to creep through the Mississippi heat. It was fitting that the weather was different, because the entire night had a different feel to it.
Kelly might not have liked what he saw on defense, as Troopers quarterback Dawson Phillips and his Air Raid attack put up 41 points, but the Cavaliers put on a dominant rushing performance. Their signature option scheme ran free against a helpless Mooreville defense, and they failed to find the end zone on a drive just twice, once when they lined up in victory formation to run out the clock.
It was a statement win on senior night, led by senior Darrius Triplett and his five rushing touchdowns.
The Cavaliers aren’t done, and their first eight-win season and first district title will set up a chance for their first playoff victory, as they are winless in six previous trips to the postseason.
So while they will have to get the job done on the road Friday, they know they will have some powerful home support to return to in the playoffs.
— Colin Damms
Pancakes fuel Rebels’ win
The key to a 35-28 victory for Leake Academy (8-1) on Friday at Heritage Academy (9-1) might be an unusual one.
Every Friday morning, the Rebels get together to enjoy chocolate chip pancakes at the house of Chad Arthur, the father of senior kicker Cole Arthur.
“That’s how you win,” senior wide receiver Levi Brown said.
Brown caught two huge deep balls on third downs as the Rebels beat the Patriots for the first time in his four-year Leake Academy career.
The teams could meet again in the state championship game. If they do, more chocolate chip pancakes will surely be on the menu.
— Theo DeRosa