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Cavaliers football building for strong finish in ‘18

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – A solid start to the 2018 football season has St. John’s Christian Academy head coach John McCall feeling pretty positive about his team.
The Cavaliers won three of their first five games this fall and look to close out strong as they battle for a spot in the SCISA Eight-man playoffs. St. John’s lost their season opener to Wardlaw (30-22) before reeling off three straight wins. The Cavaliers notched victories over W.W. King (44-0), Laurens Academy (66-12) and Palmetto Christian (58-8). The streak ended with a 71-42 loss to Beaufort Academy on September 28.
In that loss to Beaufort Academy, the Cavaliers held a 42-41 lead in the third quarter before falling to a 30-0 run by Beaufort. Beaufort Academy running back De’Shaun Epps rushed for 356 yards and six touchdowns.
“They’re a good, well-coached team and their running back is especially good,” McCall said. “We were in it but we couldn’t slow down that running game. They got the momentum and we couldn’t get it back.”
Overall, McCall feels like his team has improved each week. The Cavaliers host Faith/Ridge Christian on October 5th, followed by games with Holly Hill, Patrick Henry and Cathedral.
“I feel like we’re getting better,” the coach said. “I like their attitude and work ethic. We still have some things to work on but I can see us improving, which is a good thing. We just have to keep the focus, keep working at it.”
The coach praised the play of first-year starting quarterback Nai’Ryan Bookert, a sophomore transfer from Berkeley.
“He’s throwing the ball well and we’re having success in the passing game,” McCall said. “For him being a first-year quarterback, he’s done a good job. He’s making some plays.”
Bryce Butler has been the team’s top receiver, scoring three touchdowns on three catches in the win over Palmetto Christian. Sharing the load in the run game are senior Cooper Moorer and junior Fletcher Law, running behind a line led by junior Logan Robertson and senior Dylan Parsons.
Moorer and Law also have played well defensively for the Cavaliers. Anchoring the defense is senior middle linebacker Collin Robertson. Junior end Rochard Tingue also has played well defensively.
In Faith/Ridge Christian, the Cavaliers defense will again be tested by a quality running back, Daniel Brown. The Knights are 4-2 on the season.
“We have to be ready defensively, have to stop the run,” McCall said.

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