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Moncks Corner

St. John’s Christian football looks to finish like they started

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – If they can return to full health, the St. John’s Christian Academy football team feels they have a chance to contend for the state championship in the SCISA eight-man league.

When the season started, at full strength, the Cavaliers were very impressive. They opened the season with a 51-8 win over Beaufort Academy and followed with a 60-44 win over Coastal Christian Academy.

An 8-6 loss to Jefferson Davis Academy was followed by a 58-32 win over Providence Home School, pushing the early record to 3-1. Injuries began to take a toll over the next two weeks.

The Cavaliers lost badly to defending state champion Andrew Jackson Academy, 80-26. Head coach John McCall said of Andrew Jackson, “they are awfully good and very talented. They got up on us early and we couldn’t stop them.”

 Following that loss, the Cavaliers lost to Northside Christian, 44-30. With a 3-3 record, St. John’s was set to do battle with rival Faith Christian on October 6. The regular season closes with games against Wardlaw, Calhoun Academy and Holly Hill Academy.

There have been plenty of highlights this season, particularly by quarterback Mikey Smith, who has topped 1,000 rushing yards and 700 passing yards already this season.

In the win over Coastal Christian, Smith accounted for 369 yards rushing and five touchdowns while adding 188 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Against Providence, Smith had 249 yards passing and 217 yards rushing, having a hand in nine total touchdowns. He added 296 total yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Northside.

Other key offensive performers this season include Dylan Parsons, Blaise Poston and Carrington Gaines in the passing game.

Defensive leaders include Cooper Moorer and Collin Robertson, who have combined for more than 80 tackles in the first six games.

The St. John’s Christian volleyball team also is hoping to make the SCISA Class A state tournament this season. Coach Kelsey Villeponteaux has a veteran squad that includes seven seniors and the team is competing pretty well in a strong region.

Senior Deanna Austin is the team’s top player as a middle hitter who can also play on the outside along the net. Middle hitter Natalie Shuler and outside hitter Morgan Ellis also play strong along the net while Claire Gilmore and junior Casey Southard run the show on the floor as the primary setters.

Sophomore Kate Kelly is the starting libero and a key defensive player. Seniors Hope Glover and Caroline Welch also excel defensively in the back.

Senior April Moody and sophomore Hannah Roberson are providing depth in the middle.

 

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