April 17, 2014

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Callaway eyeing another Lorain County passing record

Midview quarterback Cody Callaway makes a short pass up field against Elyria on Sept. 13. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Midview quarterback Cody Callaway makes a short pass up field against Elyria on Sept. 13. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Midview quarterback Cody Callaway has one more shot.

After breaking the Lorain County record for career touchdown passes last Friday, Callaway enters tonight’s finale versus
Berea-Midpark with a chance to break the all-time passing career yards mark held by Elyria Catholic’s Danny Reaser.

Reaser also held the career passing touchdowns record (64) before Callaway, needing one to tie, threw three touchdown passes in a 49-30 win over Lakewood, to break the mark. Reaser currently holds the county record for career passing yards (7,120), while Callaway (6,940) needs 181 to break it.

The Bowling Green commit would love to accomplish the feat, but admitted that he has other ideas.

“I’m definitely going to try my best to do it,” Callaway said. “It’s not my main priority though. My main priority is to send Coach Albright out on a good note, to get these seniors out with a win in their last game and build momentum for the underclassmen going into next year. If I do break it, it’ll be a great honor but it’s not my main priority.”

He wasn’t even aware of the touchdown record he broke last week and never once thought about where his high school career could lead him.

“I just found out (Wednesday) when my dad told me,” Callaway said. “Going into my freshman year, I never thought about it (breaking records). At that point I was just trying to get by every day. Seeing what happens after putting in hard work and doing what your coaches tell you to do, it’s amazing what things can happen.”

Callaway has started at quarterback since Week 8 of his freshman year. He threw for 451 yards and four touchdowns in those three games. He threw for 1,983 yards and 18 TDs, while also rushing for 165 yards and four TDs his sophomore season that earned him third team All-Ohio.

Last year he led the Middies to the playoffs after throwing for 1,892 yards and 20 TDs while also rushing for 240 yards and six scores.

“My offensive line and my wide receivers are the reason I’m even in this awesome situation,” Callaway said. “I also have to thank my coaches, they’ve helped me out a tremendous amount. I can’t forget my grandma. Every Friday before the game, she makes me dinner and has been doing that for four years and never missed a Friday.”

Midview (6-3) will take on Berea-Midpark (3-6) in a non-conference game at Adelsburg Stadium on Ross Field tonight.

Not only will it be Callaway’s last high school game, it will also be Albright’s last as head coach. The veteran closes out his 37th season at Midview where he spent 28 years as the head coach and currently holds a 175-105 record.

* The Midview Touchdown Club will be honoring the longtime coach before tonight’s game. Those wishing to participate should be at the stadium by 6:30.