High School Football Tour: Caledonia

Caledonia High School Confederates

CALEDONIA, Miss. (WCBI) – Beware, the Feds are coming.

Caledonia is coming off their first season under new head coach Andy Crotwell and with what’s returning on both sides of the ball, there’s reason to believe the Confederates can make a push for the postseason.

CLASS 4A | REGION 4
HEAD COACH: ANDY CROTWELL
Aug 21 Heritage Ac home
Aug 29 Hamilton away
Sept 5 Smithville away
Sept 12 New Hope home
Sept 19 E Webster away
Sept 26 Choctaw Co home
Oct 3 Houston* home
Oct 10 W Lauderdale* away
Oct 17 Kosciusko* away
Oct 24 Noxubee Co* home
Oct 31 Leake Central* away
*District games

“We have a lot of starters coming back,” coach Crotwell said. “We have the entire offensive line back and we have a lot of defensive guys back. We feel really good about where we are and we’re expecting good things this year.”

Coach Crotwell hopes those good things include the playoffs for his Confederates.

Last year, the Feds ended the season on a high note topping Leake Central in their final game.

The momentum from that win has carried over into the off-season as the expectations are playoffs or bust this year for Caledonia.

“We want to make the playoffs,” senior offensive lineman Cody Cliett said. “We have four senior starters back on the line so we should be pretty good.”

“We can’t give up,” senior lineman Daniel Cunningham said in regards to going for the postseason. “We have to keep going through the tough times to make it to the playoffs. We think it’s this year.”

An important part for that run to the playoffs this year will be the offensive line for Caledonia.

Seniors Cody Cliett and Daniel Cunningham anchor an O-line that has all five starters back. Having all the big uglies returning will make the transition from year one to year two much smoother for the Feds under coach Crotwell.

“It felt like last year we were speaking different languages at times because of the drastic difference in systems,” Crotwell said. “I feel comfortable everyone is on the same page now and we know what we want to accomplish on every play.”

The players agree and are beginning to enjoy football again.

“Everyone is more comfortable around him (coach Crotwell) now,” Cliett said. “It’s not alwayas 100% serious. It’s fun and he makes football fun.”

“The team has gotten a lot stronger from last year,” Cunningham said. “Freshmen are doing workouts that I wasn’t doing until my junior year. I think we are doing very good.”

Caledonia hopes this is the season to break the playoff drought with a strong returning squad and a head coach with the mindset of making it back to the postseason.

The Feds will start the 2014 season at home on Thursday night versus Heritage Academy before two away games at Hamilton and Smithville.

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