The St. John’s Christian Academy Cavaliers wasted little time in taking care of business in their 42-20 win over defending SCISA 8-Man Football Region I champs James Island Christian on Friday, Aug. 29 in Moncks Corner. The Cavs nabbed new coach John McCall’s inaugural football win on their first try.
“I’m very proud of our boys,” the coach said. “Beating last years conference champions is something no one predicted would happen.”
Any win is a good win in McCall’s mind.
“Our players played hard every down,” McCall said. “It was a great win.”
The Cavaliers offense rolled up and down Cavalier Field as quarterback Dustin Parsons ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for one more in SJCA’s blowout win.
Parsons completed five of nine passes for 185 yards and a TD. The senior QB also rushed for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the groun.
Robby O’Dell hauled in two catches for 110 yards and one touchdown.
Colin Murchison also had a catch for 75 yards.
On the ground, Hunter Singletary carried the ball nine times for 33 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Cavs.
On defense, Byron Rodgers led the Cavs charge with a dozen tackles, including one for a loss and one sack.
Murchison tallied seven tackles.
Luke Hutto had seven tackles, five for a loss and one forced fumble.
Austin Murchison had six tackles, four for a loss and two sacks.
Marcus Johnson had three tackles, one for a loss and one sack.
In the secondary, Josh Carter snatched a pair of interceptions to go with three tackles. Carter also totaled 100 yards on a pair of kickoff returns.
Athletic Director Steve Guerry called McCall’s first win “No gimmicks, fundamental football.”
“I was proud of the effort of the football team last night,” Guerry said. “Coach McCall and his new coaching staff really had the team prepared. They played with a defensive aggression that set the tone for the game. Most people see 8-man as wide open and arena league like, but the team won with good old fashioned smash mouth football on offense and defense.
“No gimmicks, just solid fundamental football.”
The Cavaliers host Greenwood Christian (1-0) on Friday, Sept. 5 at Cavalier Field. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.