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High school football: Cody Callaway's career at Midview among the best
Photo provided by Callaway family Midview quarterback Cody Callaway has thrown for 6,941 yards and 66 touchdowns in his career.
It’s been his routine since freshman year.
Whatever grandma has been feeding her grandson, it’s been working.
Now a senior, the Midview quarterback and Bowling Green commit has become one of the most prolific quarterbacks in school history.
Last week in a 49-30 win over Lakewood, Callaway broke the Lorain County record for career passing touchdowns when he threw his 65th to Zach Wilson in the game’s opening drive. The touchdown surpassed Elyria Catholic’s Danny Reaser, who had 64 career passing touchdowns after his final season in 2010.
Now, Callaway is approaching another one of Reaser’s records — the standard for career passing yards. Reaser ended his high school career with 7,297.
Breaking that record won’t be easy, though.
Callaway enters tonight's regular-season finale against Berea-Midpark needing 356 yards to tie Reaser’s career passing record. Callaway is averaging 252 yards passing a game, with his season high being 337 yards in a win over North Ridgeville last month.
Regardless of what happens, it’s been a great final season for Callaway. He’s thrown for 2,299 yards and 21 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He’s also rushed for 649 yards and nine rushing touchdowns to lead the Middies to a 6-3 overall mark.
“It would definitely be a great honor to achieve the record,” Callaway said. “Would I want to get the record? Of course, but right now it’s not my main focus. My main focus right now is just sending these seniors out on a good note along with Coach (Bill) Albright.
“I knew (the record) was coming up, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it at the beginning of the year. Later in the season, a couple people started talking about it. It’s just a good honor to be in the same category as a record-breaker.”
Albright said Callaway breaking the record would be a “feather in his cap” and for the football program.
“He’s just developed over the three and a half years he’s been a varsity quarterback,” Albright said. “He’s just gotten better and better every season and he’s having a real good one this year, no doubt about it. He’s really developed his skill and has worked hard to get to where he’s at.”
For his career, Callaway has thrown for 6,941 yards and 66 touchdowns. He’s added 1,126 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground.
Callaway made his varsity debut as a freshman, starting the last three games of the season. His first start came against Avon, which won, 35-0, and went on to finish the regular season 10-0.
The following week, Callaway led Midview to a 41-7 win over Firelands.
Three years later his high school playing career, along with the rest of the senior class, is coming to an end.
“It’s crazy for me,” Callaway said. “It’s going to be hard Friday after the game just watching all my teammates knowing it’s the last time most people are going to play the game of football. It’s just unbelievable that it’s going to come to an end soon. I’m going to miss my teammates and my coaches.”
Callaway described playing for Midview as a great experience and said he’s thankful for all coaches and his dad, Dwayne Callaway, for helping him become a quarterback.
“My dad has helped me a tremendous amount,” Cody said, “just spending countless hours in the front yard and in the street playing catch, working on footwork and watching film.”
Dwayne said he can’t believe his son’s high school playing career is coming to a close.
“It’s been four tremendous years, and Cody’s worked extremely hard,” Dwayne said. “I think any kid who is involved in athletics as much as he is or anyone else, there’s a sacrifice you have to make to do that. I’ve watched him over the last four years maintain his academics, yet go out and work out at times when maybe others were enjoying other things.
“It’s been enjoyable to go out and watch Cody over the last four years.”
What a four years it has been.
Last Updated: 10/31/2013 10:12:44 PM EST