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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 St. David’s varsity football season ended with a 54-40 loss at Parrott Academy in Kinston Friday night. The Warriors (6-4) led the state semi-final playoff game 14-8 after the first quarter after an 11-yard Hudson Taylor scoring pass to Josh Rhoads and Houston Walker’s one-yard plunge.  However, the Patriots (9-1) answered with 32 points in the second quarter for a 40-14 lead before Tai Goode’s 70 yard touchdown run made it 40-21 at halftime. "We started very well, but Parrott's offense was too much for us to keep up with," said coach Dan Casey. "Congrats to them. They played tough all night." After Parrott scored again, Goode broke loose for a 19 yard score for a 48-27 deficit. SDS trailed 54-27 with under three minutes left, but rallied as Taylor found Goode for a 25 yard touchdown. The defense forced Parrott to punt and the Warriors blocked it in the end zone, where Houston Walker recovered with 17 seconds left, cutting the deficit to 14. Parrott recovered the ensuring on-side kick and ran out the clock to advance to their third straight title game. "We had a great group of seniors who I will really miss," said Casey. "Im proud of the way they bought into what we were trying to do." St. David’s out-gained the Patriots 438-333, including 279 rushing yards. Walker had 146 on 26 carries, while Goode added 115 on 16 carries.

Four St. David’s varsity football players have been named to the All-Conference team by the Colonial Carolina Conference coaches. Seniors Josh Rhoads and Walker Taylor along with juniors Tai Goode and Houston Walker represent the Warriors on the 18-player squad. “We were looking for guys to step up and help us after losing so many seniors from last year,” said coach Dan Casey. “These guys showed up and played well in big games. The vote is about the other coaches respecting the way they played.” The Warriors are 6-3 and travel to Parrott Academy in the first round of the playoffs Friday.  The CCC coachs named Isaiah Thomas of Rocky Mount Academy player of the year, Parrott’s Conner Bright as the offensive player of the year and his teammate Holden Killinger won the defensive award. In other Warriors football related news, Goode earned a spot on the News & Observer’s starting 11 for the second time this season. The speedy junior scored four touchdowns on five touches in the 63-0 rout of Cary Christian last Friday. He had 149 yards on four rushing carries and returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. 

The varsity football Warriors furious second half rally fell short in a 38-36 loss at Southampton (Va.) Academy Friday night. Senior Brett Duckworth’s interception at the Southampton seven-yard line set up Houston Walker’s three-yard touchdown run with 2:35 left in the game that gave the Warriors a 36-32 lead. However, the Raiders drove 73 yards in seven plays for the winning score with five seconds left. SDS ended the game on the Raiders 15 yard line after Hudson Taylor found Tai Goode for a 42-yard completion. "It was a heartbreaker, but a solid second half comeback on our part," said coach Dan Casey. "Hudson really stepped us and called some great plays in the second half. They dominated the first half. If we can come off the bus and play our best for four quarters, we'll be really good." St. David’s (5-3) trailed 26-8 at halftime before Taylor ignited the offense with three touchdown passes in the third quarter. He threw 15 and 31 yard scoring strikes to his twin, Walker, and a 14 yarder to Goode to cut the deficit to 32-30. Southampton out-gained the Warriors, 500-365, including 349 rushing yards. Taylor was 11-23 for 232 yards and four touchdowns. Goode caught seven passes for 135 yards and two scores. St. David’s ends the regular season at home Friday against Cary Christian.

The varsity football Warriors fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 43-20 loss at Rocky Mount Academy Friday night. St. David’s trailed 22-6 at halftime, then allowed another touchdown before a brief rally. “They had some dynamic plays on offense,” said coach Dan Casey, whose Warriors are 5-2. “We got down early, then struggled to get back into it. RMA played well.” Junior Tai Goode exploded for 263 yards on just 17 carries, but RMA rolled up 488 total yards, including 390 on the ground. “Tai carried us on offense, but it wasn’t enough,” said Casey. “It was a good learning opportunity for our guys to compete for four quarters. Hopefully, we can recover and get back next week at Southampton. 

The Warriors suffered their first loss this season, 66-20, at Parrott Academy in Kinston Friday.  The Patriots returned the opening kickoff 63 yards to the Warriors 17 yard line and were in the end zone two plays later. St. David’s went three and out and Parrott scored again after along punt return for a 14-0 lead six minutes into the game. “They played with a lot of energy and discipline,” said coach Dan Casey. “That early lead helped them maintain momentum throughout the game.” The Warriors capitalized on a 10 yard punt for a 22 yard scoring drive later in the first quarter, but the Patriots answered with a 94 yard scoring march that led to a 48-20 halftime margin. Parrott outgained St. David’s 526-234 and forced five turnovers. “It was good for us to play a very good opponent,” said Casey. “It’s a good reminder of what we need to work on.  How a team responds to adversity says a lot about its character. I’m confident we’ll bounce back.” The Warriors host Grace Christian on Homecoming Friday at John A. Murray Field. 

Josh Rhoads was named to the News and Observer’s Starting 11 for his 6 catches for 219 yards and 4 TD’s in Friday’s home victory over Halifax Academy

http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/high-school/article170064747.html

The Warriors were also recognized by the film service Hudl for their 93-yard touchdown on the first play in Friday’s game. It was the longest pass play in the state of North Carolina

http://www.hudl.com/video/1/57a0c99ea006263358c2e748/59a6c8193dec5b03acaabf5d