Christ Church’s football team is just one regular-season game away from the playoffs, but this year, the Cavaliers are in an unfamiliar position.
They’re not, as in recent years, the clear-cut favorites to win the state title. A loss against Abbeville in Week 1 ended Christ Church’s state-record 55-game winning streak and left the Cavaliers looking at least somewhat vulnerable.
Then Southside Christian beat Christ Church for the first time ever in Week 7 and took control of Region 2-A, which the Cavaliers have won each of the past seven years.
So Christ Church (7-2) will play at McCormick (5-4) Thursday night in a nonregion game, and then the Cavaliers will blend in as one of several teams with a chance to make a run for the top prize.
Christ Church coach Don Frost offered up McBee, which is No. 1 in Class A, as the favorite.
“They’re the only one undefeated coming in,” he said.
Then again, the Cavaliers have taken steps to stay in the upper tier, Frost said. He had correctly predicted before the loss to Southside Christian that penalties might be a problem, and Christ Church had 17 in its loss to the Sabres.
Frost said the Cavaliers have done much better in that area in wins over Ware Shoals and St. Joseph’s the past two weeks. A matter of seeing the handwriting on the wall, perhaps?
“They heard the handwriting on the wall,” Frost said with a laugh.
The possibility of a fifth consecutive state championship is still out there. Frost has been preaching that from the outset, regardless of any pitfalls that might pop up during the regular season.
“What I told our kids was this,” he said. “We get into the playoffs, we’re in the playoffs. We’re going to play the same people we would normally play, just not in the same order.
“We’ve just got to take care of our business. We’ve just got to do what we do and let everything else fall where it falls. We can’t control anything right now other than what we do.”