Cavs On Top

The Christ Church earns a huge victory against rival St. Joseph's.

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Andrew Slade runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. (Liam Barr/Staff)

The streak goes on.

The Cavalier football team came from behind to extend its state record win streak to 49 games in their win last Friday against rival St. Joseph’s. This win also clinched the seventh consecutive region championship for Christ Church.

St. Joseph’s got the opening kick and drove all the way down the field. Quarterback Jake Reinstein ran for a 1-yard touchdown to cap off the drive on fourth and goal. This score gave St. Joseph’s a 7-0 lead to start the game.

Following a field goal by Julian Mina at the end of the first quarter, senior quarterback Andrew Slade threw a 27 yard touchdown pass to Dorien Dickey in the second quarter. This touchdown was the first of six lead changes in the tightly contested game. The Knights would kick a field goal to tie the game at 10 before halftime.

Christ Church received the kick to start the second half. On the ensuing drive, Christ Church entered Knights’ territory before Slade fumbled. The turnover would turn out to be costly for the Cavaliers as St. Joseph’s scored a touchdown on the next possession to take a 17-10 lead. About half way through the third quarter, Slade threw another interception, but the defense stood strong against the Knights offense.

Head Coach Don Frost made the decision to pull Slade from the game and to play back-up senior quarterback Ian Miller. This decision paid off the Cavalier offense as Miller led them back to a 19-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Christ Church was able to maintain this lead until, with 7 minutes left in the game, Miller threw an interception that St. Joseph’s returned for a touchdown. The pick-six gave St. Joseph’s a 24-19 lead and forced Coach Frost to put Andrew Slade back in at quarterback.

Slade came off the bench energized. He threw a 35 yard touchdown pass to Rudy Johnstone, ran for a 41 yard touchdown and ran for a 9 yard touchdown in the final minutes of the game to bring Christ Church from behind and seal a victory, 39-24.

Coach Frost was proud of his team and hopes this game will motivate his players. He said to the Greenville News, “The best thing I love about this game is we came from behind and that’s going to help us down the road.”

The Cavaliers will now face McCormick this Friday at home. They hope to continue their win streak on the path to a fourth consecutive state championship.