The Warriors played Cary Christian at home on Friday October 15th in their homecoming game. The final score of the game was Cary Christian 56 - Warriors 0. There was a great crowd out supporting the Warriors. The Warriors were glad to have Clay Matthews back on offense. The Warriors had good drives on offense that was set up by long kick returns by Nolan Homeister and then catches by Clay Matthews and Grayson Chesson when they really needed it on tough drives. The Warriors defense stretched out Cary Christians drives but Cary Christian had long runs and long plays caused by missed tackles. The defense did get a spark from Fletcher Steele. The Warriors will play back at home against John Paul next Friday on October 22nd at 7 pm.
The Warriors got off to a rough start on Monday October 11th at Grace Christian in Cary when Grace Christian recovered the opening onside kick and continued their fast start with a very early touchdown due to a miscue on the snap exchange. In this rescheduled game - The Warriors played on Monday due to the chance of rain on Friday October 8th - they weren't able to recover after such a strong start from the opponent. They were without Nolan Homeister who has contributed on both sides of the ball all season, but along side their team Davis Crowder and Grayson Chesson filled in the role and the Warriors managed to string together some long sustained drives which took time off the clock and gave the team confidence. Chesson helped the Warriors defense with an interception. Seniors Henry Koon and Luke Nelson led the team and kept our spirits high throughout the game with timely 1st down conversions and catches. Defensively the team was supported by good effort from Henry Koon (Sr.), Davis Wall (Sr.) and Fletcher Steele (So.) Koon was leading the Warriors offense and defense catching tough balls on offense when they needed it and flying around the field on defense. The Warriors have a quick turnaround and will face Cary Christian for their homecoming game on Friday October 15th.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Athlete of the Week is an initiative to recognize the success of our student-athletes. Athletes will be recognized based on the previous week’s performances. Along with being recognized as athlete of the week, the recipients will be given a certificate and free sandwich from Jersey’s Mike’s for being athlete of the week.
The female athlete of the week is senior Elizabeth Holderness. Elizabeth won her match against Cary Christian in singles and in her doubles match. The Lady Warriors look forward to conference play coming back from fall break.
The male athlete of the week is freshman Christian Shaw on the JV football team. Christian Shaw did a lot of work on the ground by rushing for 180 yards and accounted for 4 touchdowns in total for the game against Arendell Parrott Academy last week. The JV football team is 4 - 0 with their recent win against Sandhills Christian School going into fall break and looks forward to their next home game against Grace Christian on Thursday, October 7.
The Warriors played a tough game on Friday, September 3rd, against Rocky Mount Academy in front of a full and supportive crowd. The team got off to a bit of a rough start with the opponent going up quick but the Warriors in the second quarter were able to get on the board with a 22-yard pass from Luke Nelson to Henry Koon. Rocky Mount held their ground and the defense was unable to buckle down and stop them. "Turnovers and missed tackles put us in an insurmountable hole going into halftime", Coach Young said, "but after the half, we settled down and outscored the Eagles 14-7 the rest of the game". The Warriors took their first loss of the season in a 20-57 game. Standouts included Sadler Powell and Nolan Homeister who led the team in strong rushing attacks. Freshman Christian Shaw showed great poise in the second half rushing for two touchdowns. Overall the team played all four quarters as hard as they could and everyone was contributing trying to do whatever they could to pull the team to victory. Coach Young adds, "we have to start faster and not play catch-up the entire game. It's evident we can play better as we have shown so in the second half of our first 2 games but we must have this same sense of urgency at the start of the games." The Warriors will play at home against Faith Christian Friday, September 10th at 7 where they will bounce back from their loss.
The St. David’s Warriors hosted Greenbrier Christian Academy on August 27th at home in front of a supportive crowd for their first game of the season. The boys got off to a slow start where it seemed first game jitters and nerves really showed early but they soon overcame this lack luster start and started to unify – especially as special teams and defense put some real pressure on important plays. The offense started rolling and Senior Nolan Homeister and Senior Clay Matthews really stepped up their game to provide some momentum shift. Seniors Henry Koon and Hart Miles showed real poise in their leadership of the defense after the nerves wore off and the great effort by Freshman Christian Shaw was an important contribution to the team. Coach Young was proud of his team’s perseverance. “We overcame a slow start, some mental mistakes and injuries to pull out this exciting win”, he said. The win against the Gators was a strong victory but there are of course next games to keep their eyes on. “While we are happy about getting this win”, Coach said, “there is opportunity for improvement, and we will continue working hard in practice to improve each week.” The Warriors play at home again next week against Rocky Mount at 7pm. Come give our team the best support yet!