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  • Robert Batchelder
    2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Ka'von Benbow
    2020
    Raleigh, NC
  • Jonathan Brewer
    2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Joshua Crenshaw
    2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Anderson Crosby
    2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Brayden Crowder
    2021
    Raleigh, NC
  • Cole Deihl
    2021
    Raleigh, NC
  • Grayson Deihl
    2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Brett Duckworth
    2018
    Raleigh, NC
  • Benjamin Everett
    2021
    Raleigh, NC
  • John Feeney
    2018
    Raleigh, NC
  • Peter Fox
    2021
    Raleigh, NC
  • Heyward George
    2021
    Raleigh, NC
  • Taijae Goode
    2019
  • Matthew Haist
    2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Verdel Murray
    2020
    Raleigh, NC
  • Christopher Rhoads
    2020
    Raleigh, NC
  • Joshua Rhoads
    2018
    Raleigh, NC
  • Aaron Shahrokhi
    2018
    Apex, NC
  • Jacob Shelton
    2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Blake Stanley
    2020
    Cary, NC
  • James Talton
    2020
    Raleigh, NC
  • Hudson Taylor
    2018
    Raleigh, NC
  • John Taylor
    2018
    Raleigh, NC
  • Houston Walker
    2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Joseph Williams
    2021
    Raleigh, NC
  • Paxton Williams
    2021
    Raleigh, NC

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Team Stories

The varsity football Warriors ended the regular season with a 63-0 rout of Cary Christian Friday night at John A. Murray Field. SDS scored the first five times it touched the ball for a 34-0 first quarter lead that grew to 56-0 at halftime. Junior Tai Goode took the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. After a Blake Stanley interception, Goode raced 35 yards for another score. The St. David’s defense forced a punt on the next possession and Goode scored from 41 yards out. After Stanley’s second interception, quarterback Hudson Taylor found Robert Batchelder for a 42 yard scoring pass. The Knights managed a first down on the next possession, but Batchelder came up with the Warriors third interception that set up Taylor’s 62 yard touchdown pass to his twin brother Walker. “We said we wanted to start fast and we did,” said coach Dan Casey, whose team is 6-4. “Our young guys played a lot and this should give us momentum going into post-season play.” Goode finished with 149 yards rushing on only four carries as St. David’s gained 382 yards on just 19 plays while limiting Cary Christian to 87 yards on 42 plays. “This was a good primer for us,” said Casey. “We hope the improvement continues next week.”

After spotting Faith Christian an early 8-0 lead, the varsity football Warriors exploded for 34 unanswered points on the way to a 49-26 victory on Senior Night at John A. Murray Field. Senior quarterback Hudson Taylor threw all three of his touchdown passes during the first half rally, Christopher Rhoads forced a fumble at the Faith 15 yard line and ran it in for a score then running back Tai Goode broke loose for a 59 yard run to give St. David’s an insurmountable 34-14 halftime lead. A pair of scoring runs from Houston Walker made it 49-14 after three quarters. “We told the players all week that confidence is contagious,” said coach Dan Casey, whose Warriors are 5-1.  “Hudson commanded the game, ran the offense and played with confidence. The rest of the guys followed his lead. Our offensive and defensive lines took charge and played well also.” Goode led St. David’s with 162 yards on 11 carries, Taylor was 6-10 for 141 and three touchdowns and Josh Rhoads caught three passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Both of Robert Batchelder’s catches were for scores. Walker also had eight tackles, including 3.5 for a loss. St. David’s (5-1) travels to Rocky Mount Academy Friday. 

 

Homecoming was all Goode in the end. The Warriors wiped out a halftime deficit with 28 unanswered points for a 42-22 victory over Grace Christian Friday night at John A. Murray Field. Junior Taijae Goode exploded for 291 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions, mostly in the second half to lead St. David’s (3-1) to the comeback victory. “Grace won the first half,” said coach Dan Casey. “We were scrambling to get our run game going and stop theirs. We wanted to use Tai on the edge and Houston (Walker) up the middle.” Down 22-14 at the half, the Warriors defense forced the Eagles (2-2) into a three and out. Goode returned the punt 72 yards to make it 22-20.  Goode ended Grace’s next drive with an interception and gave the Warriors the lead four plays later with a 75-yard sprint to the end zone.  “He’s a great athlete with a ton of heart,” said Casey. “He never quits and turned things around for us tonight.” Goode finished with 180 rushing yards on just seven carries as St. David’s outgained Grace 425-275. Josh Rhoads caught a pair of touchdown passes from Hudson Taylor. The Warrior defense forced six turnovers, including three interceptions from Walker Taylor.  Matthew Haist led the Warriors  with 13 tackles.   SDS junior James Motter took the above photo. 

The Warriors scored early and often in the first half on the way to a 68-8 rout of Wayne Christian Friday night in Goldsboro. Kicker Jonathan Brewer recovered an Eagles fumble on the opening kickoff. Two plays later, Hudson Taylor hit Robert Batchelder on a 36 yard scoring strike. The Warriors forced the Eagles to punt and three Houston Walker carries later, it was 12-0 and the rout was officially on. St. David’s scored 30 points in the second quarter for a 48-8 halftime lead. Walker ran for 142 yards on 17 carries as the Warriors rushed for 264 yards on just 25 carries. St. David’s outgained the Eagles 475-421, recovered four fumbles and intercepted two passes for touchdowns. Blake Stanley picked off the first one for a 52 yard score, then Taijae Good capped his Warriors debut with an 80 pick six in the fourth quarter. Good scored earlier on a 53 yard run. Matthew Haist led the defense with eight tackles, while Walker had seven, including two for a loss. "Houston provided positive energy on both sides of the ball," said coach Dan Casey, whose Warriors are 3-0. He ran hard inside and led by example. I am really proud of the way our younger (freshmen and sophomores) responded tonight. They stepped in and made some big plays for us." St. David's travels to Kinston to face Parrott Academy Friday.

The football Warriors scored on the games first play, jumped out to a 22-0 lead then had to hold off a determined opponent for a 48-26 victory over Halifax Academy Friday night at John A. Murray Field. Senior quarterback Hudson Taylor threw for 417 yards and six touchdowns, including a 93 yarder to Robert Batchelder to start the game. “Hudson was tremendous tonight,” said Warriors coach Dan Casey. “He threw several good deep balls and showed good poise when things got tighter.” The Vikings stormed back to make it 22-18 early in the third quarter, but Taylor teamed with his twin brother Walker for a 16 yard touchdown pass, then found Josh Rhoads for a 53 yard score that gave St. David’s a 36-18 advantage. Halifax pulled to within 10, but Taylor and Rhoads hooked up again on a 49 yard touchdown catch and run to put the game away. Rhoads finished with six catches (four for touchdowns) and 219 yards, while Houston Walker ran for a team high 97 yards. The Warriors outgained the Vikings 579-310 and overcame 13 penalties to raise their record to 2-0. “I thought our defense came up with some big plays as well as the offense,” said Casey. “John Mac Feeney intercepted a pass late to kill a drive and Cooper Crosby was solid on the line.” Crosby had a game-high 16 tackles, including 11 solo and five for a loss. St. David’s is off next week before hosting Wayne Christian Sept. 8th. St. David’s junior James Motter took the photo that accompanies this report. 

The varsity football Warriors opened the season with a 42-8 rout of Community Christian in Wilson Friday night. Senior quarterback Hudson Taylor threw three touchdown passes, the first two of 27 and 53 yards to his twin brother Walker and a 38 yarder to senior Josh Rhoads. St. David’s led 26-0 at halftime and added 16 more points in the third quarter before the Cyclones scored late. "We recently named the Taylors captains (along with Aaron Shahrokhi)," said coach Dan Casey, whose team earned the victory in his head-coaching debut. "They provided great leadership tonight." Taylor completed 8 of his 14 passes for 159 yards, while Walker Taylor led the team with six receptions for 101 yards. Junior Houston Walker ran for a team-best 45 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown. St. David’s outgained Community 236-198. Matthew Haist led the defense with 12 tackles, while John Mac Feeney had eight. "This was the best we've seen John Mac play," said Casey. "He was assertive against the run and consistent against the pass. Matthew has controlled his intensity more so far this season and its made him better." Cooper Crosby ran 27 yards for the Warriors last touchdown in the third quarter. St. David’s opens the home season August 25th against Halifax Academy.

If a productive summer is the key to a successful fall, the Warriors varsity football team should be in good position for another deep post-season run. Coming off back-to-back appearances in the 2A state title game, St. David’s opens the new season Friday in Rocky Mount against Community Christian. Dan Casey is the new head coach after serving as an assistant last fall. Chris Campfield is the offensive coordinator and director of football operations. Steve Baker is the defensive coordinator and Ricardo Viera will work with the receivers, tight ends and defensive ends. “It’s been fun putting everything together,” said Casey. “We had 12 to 15 guys here most days this summer for weight workouts, we had a very instructive team camp at Wofford College and we had 7 on 7 games against Ravenscroft and NRCA that were a huge help.” The Warriors return six seniors, including quarterback Hudson Taylor, receiver Walker Taylor, receiver Josh Rhoads, linemen Brett Duckworth and Aaron Shahrokhi and running back/receiver John Mac Feeney. “The seniors have done a great job leading in the weight room,” said Casey. “We are attempting to replace an outstanding senior class and these guys have started strong.” The Warriors home opener is August 25th against Halifax Academy.