Cal Lewellyn is the last of the three Lewellyn brothers to suit up for the Christian Academy of Louisville football team. Following in the cleats of Craig and Chad, and living up to their accomplishments hasn’t been easy, the youngest Lewellyn admits, but he’s marking his own mark.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior wide receiver/defensive back/punt returner is one of the big reasons why the Centurions (3-2) are considered one of the top teams in Class 2-A.
So far this season he has 22 catches for 346 yards and five touchdowns and also has an interception return TD. Last week he totaled five catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with two interceptions, in the Centurions’ 42-14 win over North Oldham.
When, and how, did you get started playing football?
My brother (Chad) started out at Middletown when he was in the second or third grade, then when I was in first grade I started tackle football at Middletown. Then in fifth grade the CAL program was starting up, so I came over here. I’ve been playing for CAL ever since.
What was it like growing up with two older brothers?
Always competitive, playing games, just getting picked on, trying to be tough. (And) always getting into, not really fights, but just going back and forth, who gets this, who gets that.
It sounds like you and Chad were always competitive when you were younger, did that change when you got to high school?
When I got to high school football it became more of a, looking out for me (relationship), trying to get me better, just trying to push me. His senior year every day in practice we’d go at it, compete, and I guess he got me a lot better from that.
Have you decided where you’re going to go to college?
No not yet, I’m still looking. Morehead State, I have an offer from them if I want to play football. (I’m also considering) Davidson, Cornell and some smaller schools like Centre and Lindsey Wilson.
How do think the season has gone so far?
The season’s going well. I still believe we haven’t reached our potential yet, we’re still getting better every day, we have improvements that need to be made.
What’s the goal this year?
Two-A state champions.
In order to do that you all will likely have to beat DeSales. You all have beaten the Colts in the regular season, only to lose to them in the playoffs in each of the last two years, is this the year you get them?
I think it is. I believe so, we’ve just got to prepare well, stay on task, stay focused and everyone’s got to do their job. It definitely should be.
CAL LEWELLYN UP CLOSE
School: Christian Academy of Louisville.
Sports: Football, lacrosse, track.
Student-athlete: Cal, whose favorite subjects are math and science, has a 3.97 GPA. At CAL he is in the National Honor Society, Beta Club and is student council vice president.
Family: Cal, 17, lives with his mother, Amy, and his father, Mark. He has two older brothers: Craig, 22, is a senior offensive lineman on the football team at Hillsdale (Mich.) College; Chad, 19, is a sophomore on the football team at the U.S. Naval Academy. His paternal grandfather, Floyd, is also a regular at practice. “He loves it and everyone knows him,” Cal said. “Everyone calls him ‘Grandpa.’”
CAL coach Stefan LeFors: “Cal’s great. He’s really just about mastered his position on both sides of the ball, at corner and at wideout. He’s a guy that we trust, and we don’t have to worry about. He just has a knack for making plays and just being in the right place at the right time. Our quarterbacks are spoiled because of him and his ability to get open and to make plays after the catch. Then on the other side, playing corner, he does a great job, just doing things you can’t teach. I remember one time he did something you see on TV on Saturday and Sunday and we asked him about it, ‘Where did you learn how to do that?’ ‘Oh, I just saw it on TV,’ just that kind of thing. Not to mention in the punt game, as a returner, he’s dangerous back there. He’s just a football player.”