Cavs fall in 82-68 homecoming marathon
The St. John’s Cavaliers fell to Charleston Collegiate 86-68 on Friday night.
While SCISA 8-Man Football is a high octane, high scoring game, even this is staggering by 8-Man standards.
The three-and-a-half hour homecoming marathon produced 22 touchdowns between the teams and 154 points - 46 in the third quarter alone.
And it still wasn’t enough for the Cavaliers.
Despite SJCA’s quarterback and running back Harun Scott passing and rushing for 453 total yards and accounting for seven total touchdowns – three on the ground and four through the air – it wasn’t enough.
“We didn’t make our free throws,” SJCA Athletic Director Bob Winters joked about the basketball-like score.
The “free throws” in question were the Cavaliers’ point-after-attempts. The team went 4-for-10, and left a potential 12 points on the table.
These two teams might still be playing otherwise.
Both teams played touchdown leapfrog in the first quarter as Dustin Parsons put the Cavaliers on the board with a pair of touchdown runs. SJCA led 16-14 heading into the second quarter.
Charleston Collegiate found its rhythm, scoring three times to SJCA’s two on Scott’s first two TDs of the night, a five-yard run and a 61-yard gallop.
Charleston Collegiate took a 36-28 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the third quarter CC and SJCA posted a pair of touchdowns each before Charleston Collegiate pulled away late.
Scott tallied his third TD of the night on a 65-yard run and then went over the top to connect with Damian Hurt on a 60-yard touchdown strike to pull the Cavaliers to within six, 50-44.
A five-yard run by John Fondren brought the Cavaliers even at 50-50, but Charleston Collegiate pulled away with a pair of touchdowns inside the final four minutes of the third quarter to go up 62-50 going into the fourth quarter.
Scott and Hurta hooked up for a pair of long-distance touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, from 60 and 50 yards, and then closed out the Cavalier scoring with a 19-yard toss with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
After SJCA’s Jantzen Robinson recovered an onside kick, Scott scored a fifth touchdown but the play was called back on a penalty.
Charleston Collegiate took over on downs and added a final touchdown at the 2:08 mark of the fourth quarter to seal the 86-68 win.
With the loss the Cavaliers fall to 3-5 on the season and 2-4 in Region III play.
On Friday, SJCA travels to Estill to take on Henry Academy. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.