Thursday, November 7, 2013
The 2013 football season for the St. John’s Cavaliers is over with the squad posting a 3-7 record.
The Cavs failed to make the playoffs and defend their SCISA Lower State title, losing their final four games of the season.
The last loss came on Senior Night, on Nov. 1, in the rain and the mud of Cavalier Field, 62-48 to Carolina Academy.
“This year was not the way we wanted it to end, but we made the most out of what we had,” said Cavaliers Coach Matt Gilbert of his inaugural season at the SJCA helm.
Gilbert inherited a team roster decimated by graduation and player transfers in 2013. Gilbert’s first days on the job found him without a quarterback or offensive line, or even with 11 players.
“From where we started out late in the summer we have made great strides going forward,” Gilbert said. “Our five seniors helped bring the younger and less experienced players along. This season will be a great foundation on which to build the future years to come.”
The five seniors, Damian Hurta, Jalen Ward, John Fondren, Logan Brown and Walter Edwards, played their final game in Cavalier red, white and blue.
“Our seniors provided the leadership for the rest of the team,” Gifford said. “They’ll be missed.”
SJCA Athletic Director Bob Winters had high praise for his new head coach.
Winters pointed out that Gilbert accepted the head coach position just three weeks before the start of high school practice. On Aug. 1 the Cavaliers had just 11 players and no quarterback, running back, or receiver.
Hurta and Ward did not rejoin the team until the season’s fifth game.
“Five of the starting eight players on this team had no varsity football experience,” he said. “In spite of the high hopes the Cavalier Nation had for this season and the odds being stacked against them, our coaches moved the team forward with a quiet resolve and continued to teach, encourage, and instill discipline. We ended the season with more players than we started with and the team jelled into a very good offense unit by overcoming ball security issues that plagued them in early games.
“We are proud of what our team accomplished this year and very pleased with the way Matt Gilbert and his staff handled all the adversity and negativity that came their way,” Winters said.
Looking head to the 2014 season, the Cavaliers will bring back their two-headed quarterback beast in Dustin Parsons and Harun Scott, both of whom accounted for nearly all the SJCA scoring this year either on the ground or through the air.
Other returning Cavaliers are Marcus Johnson, Bryan Rodgers, Colin Murchison, Daniel MacDonald, Jantsen Roberston, Luke Hutto, Hunter Singletary, Cody Dunlap, Reece Myers, Austin Murchison and Drayton Moorer.