Monday, August 20, 2012
Following the 2011 season St. John’s Christian Academy football coach Bill McCall found himself behind the 8-ball.
Looking ahead to his 2012 roster of returning players, the numbers simply didn’t add up. The Cavaliers would not have enough players to field a team for 11-man football.
So, for the first time since the 2008 season, SJCA will play in SCISA’s 8-Man football league.
“We’ve played 8-man football before and the game is just as competitive as 11-man football, if not faster,” McCall said. “8-man football is faster and a little more open.”
In scrimmage games this year McCall said his team quickly adjusted to the new game.
“We have played good defense in our scrimmages and we are developing nicely,” he said. “Our speed is the key this year.”
Just because the Cavaliers are small in numbers shouldn’t mean they’re mistaken for being small in talent.
They are not.
This team is big, and fast and can play the game.
On offense SJCA will rely on quarterback Evan Hammond and running back Rashey Bey to provide the team with leadership.
Longtime basketball point guard Bobby Winters is playing for the first time in his varsity career and McCall said he was coming along nicely at fullback.
On the offensive line William Brown and Dan Glover anchor the front three.
“They are doing a nice job of blocking for us,” McCall said. “We may be small upfront, but we are quick and strong.”
Damian Hurta and Joe Denton bring experience back to the receivers’ position along with Jalen Ward and Mike Lewis.
“All these guys will play key roles on defense as well,” McCall said.
First year player Walter Edwards has picked up the game well at nose guard.
“He is a tough nose guard that is getting better and becoming a tough nose guard,” he said.
The region lineup in the 8-man league is a little different, split into two regions with SJCA in Region I.
“I really don’t know much about the teams we are playing yet, but I know Patrick Henry will be tough,” McCall said. “There are some local teams that will present a challenge as well. We just have to see what’s out there.
For now, the Cavaliers are focusing their attention on Week One.
“All we’re concentrating on is our first game with Clarendon Hall,” he said.