Cavaliers Gouge Gladiators in 67-6 Homecoming Win
Brownell Spreads the Ball in Aerial Attack with 3 TDs and 6 Receivers
Last year, the Cavs beat the Gladiators in a rain-soaked away game where we lost starting QB, Davis Cousar for the season in a 35-0 win. This year, coming off an emotional high in against St. Joseph’s, the Cavaliers did not let the Homecoming crowd down in a 67-6 win over the Carolina Gladiators.
From the start, Coach Daniel Brownell intended to rejuvenate the Cav’s aerial attack—something we’ve struggled with so far this season. He was not disappointed in his son, starting QB, Robert Brownell, or an entire host of receivers. Robert was 11-15 for 207 yards and 3 TDs while spreading the ball amongst 6 different receivers to include Braxton Wooten with a 52 catch for a TD, Quan Pruitt with 3 receptions for 47 yards, Ryan Smith with 3 receptions for 45 yards and 2 TDs, Kordrell Byrd with 2 catches for 32 yards, Shyeim Jones with 1 for 25, and Caleb Sanders with 1 for 6 yards. Brownell also had 3 rushes for 59 yards and 2 TDs along with a critical pass deflection to earn not only the MaxPreps Overall Player of the Game Honors, but also the Dick’s Sporting Goods Player of the Game honors. Smith, who still leads the state of SC in rushing and all homeschoolers nationally in rushing, total yards, and scoring earned MaxPreps Offensive Player of the Game Honors with 104 yards rushing on 9 carries and 2 TDs along with his aforementioned receptions. Senior fullback, Micah Nguyen, backup junior tailback, Zytavis Sullivan, and back-up sophomore QB, Ethan Connor, each scored on short bursts as well.
Defensively, the Cavaliers were strong with the exception of a single 66-yard reception for a TD in the 1st quarter. Including that play, the Cavaliers allowed 86 yards passing and only 9 yards rushing on 22 offensive plays by the Gladiators. Leading the defense with 2 solo tackles, an assist, and blocked punt, was senior LB, Micah Nguyen, who was awarded MaxPreps Defensive Player of the Game honors. Following Micah was senior DE, Kyle Van Arsdale with 1 solo and 2 assists including the lone sack of the evening for a 3-yard loss after a mishandled snap. John Moore was a standout on special teams leading the entire team with 3 solo tackles for the evening and sophomore DT, Jake Van Arsdale, had 3 assists. Perhaps the most entertaining defensive play was a 6-yard interception return where Kyle “Mighty Mouse” Coker literally stole the ball from a Gladiator receiver. Coker was named the Direct Tools Power Player of the Game for his well-fought for interception.
Perhaps the most interesting performance of the evening was by sophomore back-up QB, Ethan Connor, on special teams. Ethan made the most of his special teams opportunities with 2 solo tackles and a fumble recovery on a kick-off. It is unusual for a QB—even a back-up QB—to get so aggressive on special teams with such a strong performance and Ethan was named the MaxPreps Special Teams Player of the Game. It is also noteworthy that senior place-kicker, Drew Milford, made 7 of 8 extra points during the game and is leading all homeschoolers nationally for scoring by extra points/field goals.
The Cavaliers are now 7-0 on the season and look to go undefeated. The next game is home against the Carolina Crusaders on Saturday, October 1st at Old McCant’s Field. Currently Robert Brownell is 5th nationally in passing (3rd in the Southern Region) and tied for 3rd nationally in interceptions with fellow defensive backs, Caleb Sanders and Kyle Coker at 3 interceptions each. Ryan Smith is leading the entire state of SC in rushing as well as all homeschoolers nationally in rushing, all-purpose yards, and scoring while also in the top-10 nationally in tackles. The Van Arsdale boys are 1st and 4th respectively in sacks nationally and both are in the top-10 in tackles. Sanders is also 2nd overall nationally in return yardage and hardly ever sees a kickoff since the defense is so stingy with scoring. Shyeim Jones is a top-10 homeschool receiver nationally and top-5 in the Southern Region. And as previously mentioned, senior Drew Milford leads all homeschool kickers nationally, picking up where JT Curnow left off last year. As a team, the Cavaliers are ranked 1st in the nation for homeschool football teams after beating St. Joe’s last week and may move up further in the national and state rankings with their blowout win against the Gladiators.