ABBEVILLE, S.C. — Christ Church has to do a little adjusting after this weekend. Not about where the Cavaliers hope to wind up, just about what their final record might be.
Another unbeaten season is not in the cards for the Cavs from Greenville, S.C., not after Abbeville High School ran away in the second half and cruised to a 55-14 victory at Hite Stadium.
The Panthers’ point total was appropriate. It matched the state’s longest winning streak, which ended at 55 when Christ Church (1-1), No. 1 in Class A, was unable to keep up with Abbeville (2-0), No. 4 in AA, after halftime.
The 55-game streak was the second-longest active streak in the nation behind Edgewood, Ala., which extended its streak to 59 games in its season opener Aug. 20. The new second-longest streak belongs to Maine-Endwell in New York at 51. The season has not yet begun in New York state.
The Cavaliers had not lost since Week 2 of the 2011 season. They surpassed the previous record of 41, established by John McKissick’s Summerville team from 1978-1980 in Week 1 last season and won four state titles along the way.
“I’m proud of every kid since 2011,” Frost said. “I’m proud of all of them since I started, because we had some of them who set the foundation when we first got there.
“I’m proud of the streak. Streaks come and go. Coach McKissick’s went. We happened to be the lucky ones to break it. Now we ran it up to 55, and somebody will probably break that one at some point. But how we come out of this will (determine) whether or not we can make a run for another state championship.”
But this night belonged to Abbeville, which led 21-14 at halftime and took advantage of six Christ Church turnovers.
“We got beat by a good football team, a very good football team, but we made way too many mistakes, and we need to correct those mistakes,” Frost said. “Come Monday, we’ve got two options. We’ve got an option that we can play for fun, or we can make an option to try to get better, and we’re going to try to get better.”
Jeffrey Johnsen threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to Braxton Westfield in the first half to keep the Cavaliers close.
But the Panthers scored on the second play of the second half. Joseph Battle connected with Junior Rapley for a 79-yard touchdown, giving Abbeville a 28-14 advantage.
After Christ Church fumbled a punt, Abbeville scored again, this time on an 18-yard pass from Battle to Rapley. Christian Lewis’ kick made it 35-14.
An interception by Alex Dubose gave the Panthers good field position again midway through the third quarter. They started from the Cavaliers’ 33, and although a penalty set them back, Rapley’s 30-yard run set up a 4-yard scoring burst by Fuller. Abbeville led 42-14 with 2:55 left in the third quarter.
Abbeville’s third interception, this one by Taiquan Moore, halted a Christ Church drive in Panthers territory. Battle capitalized by taking off on a 66-yard touchdown run that made it 49-14 with 11:41 to go.