“It is a good thing,” Caldwell said. “I was just out there trying to help my team, I was trying to do my part to help us get a ‘W’ that’s all. I was trying to keep our playoff hopes alive.”
Caldwell rushed for 163 yards on five carries and three touchdowns. He also recorded two interceptions, including one that he that he returned 38 yards for a touchdown. Caldwell is the first Golden Bear player to rush for over 100 yards in a single game this season.
“I had a big game, but it was due to the lineman and the receivers,” Caldwell said. “They did a great job of blocking. We had all of our procedures right and that is what we are supposed to do.”
Lincoln’s first-year head coach Brad Wallace said this was one of the best performances that he has seen from the sophomore in high school.
“It is impressive,” Wallace said. “He had one of those games where it is like one of those come out games. He has been gradually getting better the last couple of weeks. He has become one of the most talented kids that I have been around at his age. He is only in 10th grade, so we will have him for three more years. He has a great work ethic and he is the kind of kid that you want in your program. He is going to do the right thing every time. He is just an all-around great kid.”
Caldwell is one of the leaders in the state in interceptions with six. The sophomore has pick off a pass in every game that he has played this season. In Week 4, his pick in the fourth quarter set up the Golden Bears game-winning touchdown drive against Hokes Bluff.
“Our defensive linemen are getting a lot of penetration on the quarterback and he can’t really see where they are throwing the ball. I am playing my third and playing my coverage.”
The road to staying alive in Class 4A Region 5 will be a tough one, which starts on Friday night at Jacksonville.
“We have been practicing hard all week and we have been hitting the weight room hard all week,” Caldwell. “Ever since Week 5 we had to turn our motivation around and get everything right.”
The Golden Bears went 1-4 in the first half of the season, which included four games where they lost by seven points or less. Caldwell believes penalties killed a lot of the scoring drives in the first five weeks.
“We had a lot of penalties and that has been hurting us,” Caldwell said. “We only had four penalties last week and that helped us out a lot.”
Caldwell has been playing football since he was five years old. He said he looks up to his brothers and dad who played for Lincoln.
“I am just trying to keep our family tradition going,” Caldwell said. “My brothers: Jamichael Caldwell, Chris Caldwell and my daddy James Earl Caldwell. All we do is talk about football. I’m trying to be the best. I have a goal to reach.”