While Aaron Odom was disappointed with the final score on Saturday afternoon, the four star defender saw some things that his team could build on and improve upon this week as they prepared for the season opener against Ridgeland.
"This was really an eye opener for us," Odom said. "We are going to go back to practice and work hard to correct the things we did wrong and get ready to play next week."
While Odom does his best talking on the field, the talented senior believes he has to be a leader for the Chargers in both word and deed this fall. Callaway plays in one of the toughest leagues in the entire state of Mississippi, but the Chargers have enough players to make a run at the post season.
"The main thing I want these young guys to understand is that when adversity strikes, you have to find a way to bounce back," Odom said. "We made a few plays today, but we had some things not go our way. That's going to happen and you have to be able to respond."
Many teams are pretty vanilla when it comes to pre-season jamborees. The defensive staff at Callaway moved Odom around quite a bit looking for a way to maximize his impact on the game.
"I am going to be playing a little bit of everything," Odom said. "That's what I like to do and I feel like that helps the defense. I think our defense can get better. Every week, we are going to try and get better. Next week, we want to come out and compete and play a little better than we did this week."
The long time Mississippi State commitment spent Saturday afternoon in Davis Wade Stadium. The two quarters of varsity play provided Odom with a chance to get a feel of what it feels like to suit up and play like the Bulldogs do on Saturdays each fall.
"It was good," Odom said of the experience. "I like how it's set up here. I like the field and the turf, just everything. I really like the environment."
Over the course of the last few months, Odom has been able to forge some relationships with the Mississippi State coaching staff. Coaches Peter Sirmon, Brian Baker and many others have sown some seeds in the versatile Jackson, Mississippi native. While Odom reports that he is still locked in with the Bulldogs, some other schools are still in touch.
"Things are still going good with me and Mississippi State," Odom explained. "I am still solid with them. A lot of the other schools who were recruiting me before I committed or still talking with me."
While the Bulldogs work to hold off the other suitors, Odom is focusing his energies towards his senior season. The first regular season game takes place this weekend as the Chargers take on the Titans of Ridgeland.
"I am excited about the game," Odom said. "We are going to work hard in practice all week and come out ready to compete and win the game. We will be ready."
The Callaway/Ridgeland series has been a competitive one in recent years. The Chargers have won two of the last three contests with the Titans. Last year's season opener went the way of Callaway, 6-0. In 2014, Ridgeland won a thriller at home in overtime as the Titans prevailed 33-27. The year prior, Callaway coasted to a 49-10 blowout win.