Last week's win was made possible by a defense that held Tucker's offense 20 points below its average. A pair of senior linebackers lead the way for the Mustangs defense. Owein Blas is described as a phenomenal tackler with more than 80 stops this season. His tag team partner Anthony Brett has played lights-out football, and Weaks credits both with being great leaders on the field and in the classroom.
The guy who is giving opposing defenses fits is senior Jimmy Calloway, who this season is starting at quarterback, but also plays wide receiver, safety, returns kicks and he handles punting. Last winter Calloway played basketball and in the spring ran on Morrow's state championship 4x100 relay team.
"You are just blessed to get to see this guy play," says Weaks. “He can play just about every position at a high level and is a leader both on and off the field. He was runner-up on the 200 meters, does the long jump and runs the 100. What can I say … if we had a lacrosse team, he would probably be good at that. Jimmy is just a phenomenal athlete and I'm glad to have him on my side, so I don't have to defend him."
Rated a 4-star recruit, Jimmy Calloway has offers from places like Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Oregon and Georgia Tech. He is verbally committed to Tennessee and will likely play wide receiver at the next level. When asked if there were players that Calloway reminded him of, Weaks mentioned two of metro Atlanta's all-time greats.
“We played Morgan Burnett when he was at North Clayton," recalls Weaks. "Guys like Burnett and Eric Berry at Creekside were players who played both ways and make an impact on both sides. Just get the ball into their hands and they could take over a game. Calloway is definitely in that mold."
Jimmy Calloway is among a group of seniors who were ninth graders when Weaks arrived at Morrow. After going 2-8 that season, the Mustangs went 5-5 in 2017 but slid to 3-7 in 2018. Perhaps it is the disappointment of last fall that makes this year's team play with such determination.