T-birds rolling through big season, looking to end district drought

North Callaway will host Montgomery County on Friday night. (Greg Dailey/KRCG13)

KINGDOM CITY --- With less than 80 seconds left in the Sept. 8 game, South Callaway scored a touchdown to regain the lead against North Callaway.

Dagger. Here we go again. Different year, same result.

Not so fast, my friends.

Not this year.

"When they (South Callaway) scored, maybe in years past we would have dropped our heads and been upset about it," North Callaway coach Kevin O'Neal said. "But this year, as soon as that happened, they (the players) came over to me and said: 'We've got this, coach.'

"And they drove down the field and we ended up winning the game."

Indeed they did. The Thunderbirds snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Bulldogs in this always-heated Callaway Cup clash with an unlikely 33-29 triumph.

There's something to be said for performing in the clutch and knowing how to win --- components to success as important as talent --- and the T-birds seem to have solved the riddle.

By Jove, I think they've got it.

"That was a big game, a big win for our program," O'Neal said. "Our kids, that was one of their goals this year, to win back the Callaway Cup. I think it started with a solid game against Southern Boone and they began to believe in each other. That kind of got us rolling."

That game against Southern Boone was actually a 15-12 loss. But sometimes, you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win.

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