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The varsity football Warriors rolled over Rocky Mount Academy, 52-14, Friday night at John A. Murray Field. St. David’s (4-0) turned an 8-8 second quarter tie into a 44-8 advantage late in the third quarter behind explosive senior Tai Goode, who ran for 184 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns and caught four passes for 160 yards and two more TD’s. Goode has 21 touchdowns so far this season. “I’m just glad he’s on our team,” said coach Dan Casey. “He took over midway through the second quarter and I don’t think anybody catches him when he gets going.” Goode scored on plays of 37, 39, 55 and 79 yards, the last two on back-to-back touches. Quarterback James Talton was 8-11 for 250 yards and four touchdowns, two to senior reciver Robert Batchelder, as the Warriors rolled up 555 yards of total offense. “James made some excellent plays for us and our defense played consistently well. Cooper Crosby, Troy Exum, Ford Everett and Matthew Haist were making tackles all over the field.” The Warriors host Parrott Academy Friday for Homecoming. St. David's senior James Motter took the photo that accompanies this post.

The middle school soccer Warriors bounced back from a tough loss to Cary Christian Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over Grace Christian in a match decided by penalty kicks Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Jude Cruz buried the Warriors second PK for the win. “We kept our composure after we lost the lead,” said coach Nate Antiel, whose team led 2-0 early in the second half. “We played well as a team, but had two bad minutes that forced us into overtime. Blake Walston came through for us in goal during the PK’s and Chris (Messmore) and Jude (English) scored the goals to win.” Beck Maddison and Tucker Wells scored the two SDS goals in regulation. The Warriors are 4-3 and host St. Timothy’s Monday.

The JV football Warriors earned their first victory, 46-6, at Rocky Mount Academy Thursday night. “We had a more energetic start and kept it going,” said coach Hunter Whitworth, whose team is 1-2. “Will Nicolson made opponents miss when he  carried the ball. He blew past some tacklers and ran through others. (QB) Caleb Henson was efficient passing and running. The offensive line protected him well and the defense gave up one big play, then settled down.” St. David’s travels to Kinston to meet Parrott Academy Thursday. 

Two 40-minute halves and two five minute overtimes weren’t enough, so penalty kicks decided Thursday’s varsity soccer match against Grace Christian. The Eagles prevailed 3-2 after out-scoring St. David’s, 5-4, on PK’s. Miller Ashe’s goal gave the Warriors a 1-0 halftime lead, but Grace tied it midway thru the second half. Ashe connected again for a 2-1 lead with 14 minutes left, but the Eagles responded with the tying goal with six minutes to play and eventually, the winning penalty kick. “It was a tough loss,” said coach Jose Cornejo, whose team is 5-5. “We did not play as a cohesive unit and let them back in the game. They took advantage and beat us in PK’s.”

The middle school tennis Warriors dropped a 5-4 decision to North Raleigh Christian Academy Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s had to forfeit one singles and one doubles match because of absent players and couldn’t overcome the deficit. “It’s too bad, but our sixth graders were on their class trip,” said coach Emily Nelson. “The rest of the team competed hard and tried their best.” Sibley Hash (8-1), Margaret Scoggin (8-4) and Madison George (8-0) won singles, while Hash/Scoggin (8-4) took doubles.

The middle school soccer Warriors lost to Cary Christian, 2-1, Wednesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Knights scored in the final minute. “We waited too long to start playing,” said coach Nate Antiel, whose team is 3-3.  “We played well in the second half, but overcome the deficit.” Jack Wilson scored the Warriors goal with 13 minutes left.  

The varsity girls tennis Warriors ended a 10 day break between matches with a 9-0 rout of Cary Christian Tuesday at Godbold Park in Cary. Madison Smith (6-0, 6-1), Louisa Holding (6-1, 6-0), Gracie Crowder (6-2, 6-2), Grace Haile (6-0, 6-1) Catherine Yancey (6-0, 6-0) and Elizabeth Holderness (6-2, 6-0) won singles. Crowder/Rose Mary Anders (8-6), Holding/Anna Clayton Tanner (8-3) and Smith/Holderness (8-1) prevailed in doubles. The Warriors are 12-0 and meet Grace Christian at the Kildaire Farms Raquet and Swim Club Monday in Cary.

The varsity football Warriors scored on all 10 first half possessions on the way to a 85-14 rout of Cary Christian Wednesday night in Cary. Junior quarterback James Talton was 13-15 for 290 yards and five touchdowns, including three to senior Tai Goode, who scored six touchdowns for the second straight game. Goode had four carries for 88 yards and three scores and all three passes he caught went for touchdowns.  Talton’s big plays included an 80 pass to Robert Batchelder to open the scoring and 40 and 37 yard scoring tosses to Goode. "James was sharp throwing the football," said coach Dan Casey. "He keeps getting better every week. Our young guys stepped up and played really well. Meek Goode had a couple of interceptions and Cole Deihl ran strong." Lineman Cooper Crosby also scored on an interception return. St. David’s (3-0) outgained the Knights 664-160 with 374 rushing yards, led by Deihl with 131 and two touchdowns. The defense held Cary Christian to just 11 rushing yards on 16 attempts. St. David's senior James Motter took the photo that accompanies this post.

The Warriors varsity volleyball team won for the fifth time in the last six matches with a 3-0 sweep of the Carolina Mustangs home-schooled team Tuesday at home. St. David’s battled for a 25-23, 25-23, 29-27 victory in a match that featured multiple lead changes in all three sets. “It was as close as it possibly could be with us still winning,” said coach Romel Lightbourn, whose team is now 8-4. “They are a good team that always plays scrappy defense, so we knew we had to run our offense better and finish the play. We did that just enough to win.” 

The JV volleyball team lost to the Carolina Mustangs, 2-0, Tuesday at home. The home-schooled group prevailed 25-23 and 25-19 as the Warriors fell to 4-3. “We played well to get ahead in both sets,” said interim coach Romel Lightbourn. “Then we got too comfortable and missed with our passes. It was good for them to learn against a strong opponent.”

The middle school boys cross country team finished third and the girls fourth in Tuesday’s meet in Wendell. 8thgrader Laura Martin won the girls race, covering the 1.6-mile course in 10:41.4, a full 13 seconds ahead of the second place finisher from Cary Academy. "Besides her talent in running, Laura leads the team in excellence of character," said coach Caitie Anderson. "Her dedication and leadership continue to shine. Overall, our team is improving as greater effort has led to better times and finishes." Elizabeth Barnes was 13thand Bennet Philp took 15thfor SDS. NRCA won the girls race with Trinity of Raleigh second and Cary Academy third. John Thagard led the Warriors boys with a ninth place finish. Cary Academy won the boys race with NRCA second. 

The middle school volleyball Warriors defeated the Carolina Mustangs, 2-0, Tuesday in the middle school gym. St. David’s won 25-17, 25-18 over the home-schooled Mustangs to even their record at 3-3. “Greysen Woody served nine straight points in the first set to give us the lead and that set the tone the rest of the way,” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “We played well against a good team and continue to improve.”

The girls varsity tennis team notched two victories in less than 24 hours over the weekend at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Warriors (11-0) defeated Asheville School 8-1 Friday night, then came back Saturday morning to beat Carolina Day School from Asheville by the same score. Both matches lasted over three hours because of close games and multiple tie-breakers. “This was great competition for our team,” said coach Jenn Crowder. Alice (Holding) and Gracie (Crowder) had to win tie-breakers to save their matches Friday night and Elizabeth (Holderness) had to win the second set and the tie-breaker Saturday in the heat. We played a lot of tennis within a short time period and I’m proud of the way we responded. Saturday’s singles winners included Alice Holding (6-0, 6-0), Louisa Holding (6-1, 6-0), Gracie Crowder (6-2, 6-4), Grace Haile (6-1, 6-1), Catherine Yancey (6-0, 6-0) and Holderness (1-6, 6-4, 10-5). Alice Holding/Crowder (8-0) and Haile/Yancey (8-2) won doubles. 

Tuesday’s varsity tennis practice was business as usual, except for the television camera. Todd Gibson of CBS-17 Sports was on hand doing interviews and shooting video for an upcoming feature story on the Warriors, who have won six straight state titles and are undefeated so far this season. “The girls have worked hard and it’s nice to be recognized,” said coach Jenn Crowder, whose squad is 9-0. “It’s good for our program and it’s an interesting process to be part of.”  No airdate has been scheduled yet, but we’ll give you advance notice so you can tune in live or set your DVR’s. St. David’s is back in action Friday against the Asheville School and Saturday morning against Carolina Day School at the Satellite Athletic Complex.  

The varsity football Warriors used six touchdowns from senior Tai Goode to rout Faith Christian, 65-14, Friday night in Rocky Mount. The Warriors (2-0) trailed 14-6 early in the second quarter before Goode went to work. He scored on a 27 yard run, a 12-yard pass from James Talton and added the two point conversion on another Talton toss for a 20-14 halftime lead. Goode returned the second half kickoff 65 yards for a score, then jetted his way to a 75-yard TD run on the next possession for a 33-14 advantage. Goode capped his night with a 37 yard scoring reception from Talton later in the third quarter as the Warriors outgained Faith 439-181. "Tai is a playmaker," said coach Dan Casey. "He is extremely explosive and took advantage of some good blocks that sprung him for big yards. James did a great job orchestrating our big drives and completed 66% of his passes. The defense played well for the most part, so I'm really proud of our team." Talton was 10-15 for 152 yards and four touchdowns. Goode accounted for 166 rushing yards, 73 receiving and 65 return yards. Robert Batchelder had two touchdown receptions and Cole Deihl scored the final touchdown. Houston Walker led the defense with eight tackles.  

The varsity soccer team picked up a pair of victories to wrap up the week, 9-0 vs. Fayetteville Christian Thursday at home and 5-1 at Friendship Christian Friday. Senior Miller Ashe scored four goals in each game, while Andrew Hoffman totaled two goals and three assists. Alex Weaver, Owen Hoffman, Hank Madden and Harrison Bowman each scored once. “We had two good back-to-back games,” said coach Jose Cornejo, whose team is 5-3. We connected on our passes and played with high intensity.” William Sheehan and Andrew Hoffman each had three assists, while Hank Madden and Matthew Kimbrough had two. Ashe, Bowman and Jacob Robbins each had one. The Warriors are back in action Friday at home against Trinity Academy of Raleigh.

The varsity volleyball Warriors earned a hard-fought 3-0 sweep of St. Mary’s Thursday at home. St. David’s trailed most of the first set, but won 25-23, took the second set 25-21, then completed the match with a 25-17 victory. “We got rolling in the middle of the match,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “We need to be ready from the start and play hard throughout. We have a chance to have a really good season, but we need to be more consistent.” St. David’s is 7-4 and hosts the Carolina Mustangs Tuesday. 

The JV football team opened the season with an 8-6 loss to Faith Christian of Rocky Mount Thursday at John A. Murray Field. The Warriors scored on their first possession as Caleb Henson hit Nolan Homeister with a 38-yard touchdown pass. St. David’s held the lead until the final two minutes when Faith marched 55 yards for the tying touchdown and eventual winning two point conversion. St. David’s couldn’t answer on the final possession. “We have a lot to be proud of and a lot to work on,” said coach Hunter Wentworth. “Our defense played great until the last drive, but you should win when you only give up eight points.” 

The undefeated varsity tennis Warriors earned a hard-fought 8-1 victory over previously undefeated Asheville School Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The match took over three hours to complete thanks to tie-breakers in three of the six singles matches. Seniors Alice Holding and Gracie Crowder won theirs 11-9 to clinch the victory before doubles. “The match could have easily been tied after singles,” said coach Jenn Crowder, whose team is 10-0. “Asheville was a great opponent and made us compete for every point. It’s a great lesson that we have be at our best and that we need everyone to contribute every time we play. This was a good team win.” Holding (6-0, 1-6, 11-9), Crowder (4-6, 6-2, 11-9) Gracie Haile (6-1, 6-1), Catherine Yancey (6-0, 6-2) and Elizabeth Holderness (6-1, 6-2) won singles. Alice Holding/Holderness (8-6), Louisa Holding/Yancey (8-6) and Rose Mary Anders/Anna Clayton Tanner (8-6) prevailed in doubles.

The JV volleyball Warriors started strong, then held on for a 2-0 home victory Thursday over St. Mary’s. St. David’s (4-2) roared to a 17-1 lead in the first set on the way to a 25-10 victory. The Saints answered by leading most of the second set, before the Warriors came back for a 27-25 victory to clinch the match. “I liked our start and I liked our finish,” said coach Katherine Koslowsky. “The match could have easily gone to the third set, but we dug ourselves out of the hole we created and pulled it out in two sets.”

The middle school soccer team won its second straight match, 5-2, over Trinity Academy of Raleigh Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Warriors (3-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead at halftime on two goals from Clay Lewis and one from Chris Messmore and Beck Maddison. Tomas Retana and Jack Wilson each had a pair of assists. Maddison capped the scoring with a second half goal on a pass from Messmore. “We’ve played really well this week,” said coach Nate Antiel. “We are controlling pace and getting good shots. We had five go in today and another five that were on target.”

The middle school tennis Warriors stayed undefeated with a 9-0 rout of Magellan Thursday at the Millbrook Exchange courts. Anne George, Margaret Scoggin, Sibley Hash, Kennedy Holmes and Madison George swept singles 8-0, while Raynor Singleton won 8-1. St. David’s dominated doubles as A. George/Scoggin (8-0), Singleton/Hash (8-0) and M.George/Holmes (8-1) all won easily. St. David’s is 4-0 and hosts Grace Christian Tuesday.

The girls golf Warriors improved their team score by two strokes in the second of back-to-back matches, but lost to North Raleigh Christian Academy 148-145 at Hasentree Golf Course in Wake Forest Thursday. The 148 total was also three shots better than their score in the opening match against the Knights two weeks ago. “I am pleased that our ball striking improves every match,” said coach Kent Reeves. “I think the girls learned today that practicing putting is important. We missed five short ones today that would have made a difference. However, we’ve improved a lot overall in a short time.” Abigail McClatchey shot a season-best 42 to take medalist honors. Lila Smith posted a personal-low 51 and Sarah Curtis McClatchey had a 55 to complete the team score.

The middle school volleyball team lost to Trinity Academy of Raleigh, 2-1, Thursday at home. St. David’s lost the first set 25-23 after both teams traded the lead multiple times, won the second set 25-17, then lost the third 15-13 after leading at times. “It was back and forth the whole match and we were so close,” said coach Miriam Leshnock, whose team is 2-3. I was proud of the way we competed and we’ll clean up our mistakes and continue to improve.