Callaway offense anticipating a finish zone
September 11, 2016 - Finding Carter
HOGANSVILLE – Once he found daylight, and saw an unrestricted trail to a finish zone, DJ Atkins wasn’t going to be denied.
Atkins, a youth using behind for a Callaway Cavaliers, had 168 rushing yards in Thursday’s 28-7 win over Columbus, and a bulk of those yards came on dual scoring plays.
In a initial half, Atkins got a scoring started with a 63-yard touchdown run, and he combined a 51-yard scoring run in a second half.
Callaway also showed off a bravery in a aerial game, with Dylan Johnson throwing scoring passes of 13 and 31 yards to Braylon Sanders.
Atkins, who eliminated from Spencer High in Columbus, has done a large impact in his initial deteriorate during Callaway.
The running-back position was a doubt symbol entrance into a season.
Cedric Maynard ran for scarcely 2,500 yards as a comparison in 2015, and his graduation left a gaping hole to fill during that position.
Thanks to Atkins, though, Callaway has continued to get large plays in a using game.
“I feel like we can measure on any play,” Atkins pronounced following Thursday’s game. “It’s only a matter of being patient, and vouchsafing my blocks be there. we can’t be out of control. But we feel like when I’m in space, we can make plays.”
He valid that Thursday night.
On both of his touchdowns, Atkins took advantage of some good restraint by a descent linemen and fullback Jibrell Jackson, and once he got into open space, he used his speed to leave a Columbus defenders behind.
“He understands what we’re perplexing to do from a tailback position,” Callaway conduct manager Pete Wiggins said. “And he comes after a good play and tells a O-line good job.”
Although Atkins is a relations visitor to a team, he pronounced he already feels like a member of a family.
“It feels like home,” Atkins said. “It felt like home a initial week. They brought me in, and showed me around. we adore it. we got a discerning connection.”
The large plays for Callaway weren’t singular to a using diversion on Thursday.
Sanders, Callaway’s means far-reaching receiver, held a 13-yard scoring pass in a second entertain on a point pattern.
On a play right before that touchdown, Sanders done an outstanding, leaping locate in a behind of a finish zone, though his feet came down on a behind line.
Johnson went right behind to Sanders, and this time a outcome was a touchdown.
Moments later, after Callaway recovered a fumble, Johnson found Sanders again, this time for a 31-yard touchdown.
“When we run a round a lot, a defenses demeanour to me, and they behind off Braylon,” Atkins said. “That’s when we go play-action and chuck to Braylon. In one-on-one, it’s tough to stop Braylon. It’s always a winning situation.”
Most of Callaway’s using yards came from Atkins, nonetheless Jackson had some good runs from his fullback position, and Johnson also had some certain runs.
In a flitting game, youth DQ Wilkerson had a span of prolonged catches, including one that set adult a initial touchdown.
Leading a approach is an descent line that has been extensive all season.
“If it wasn’t for my line, we couldn’t do nothing,” Atkins said. “I adore my line.”
Callaway’s invulnerability was adult to a plea in Thursday’s diversion as well.
The Blue Devils got a touchdown early in a second quarter, though it didn’t measure again.
Kobe Jackson had a diving interception late in a diversion that clinched a victory.
“In a second entertain a invulnerability played unequivocally good after they staid in,” Wiggins said. “I was unequivocally unapproachable of both sides of a football.”
Callaway was entrance off an emotional, come-from-behind win over Handley in a prior game.
Thursday’s diversion didn’t have that arrange of play or emotion, though Callaway still came out and did what it had to do.
“We knew it was going to be a good game,” Callaway comparison linebacker Michael Freeman said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be romantic like Handley, though we knew we had to come in and go to work, and we came divided with a victory.”
Callaway softened to 3-0, and it will be during home opposite Upson-Lee on Friday before jacket adult a non-region report a following week opposite Harris County.
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By Kevin Eckleberry