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Cavaliers Fall to Aquinas in State Championship Game....Celebrate Great Season

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Calvary day schools first appearance in the Georgia Dome wasn't supposed to end the way it did. With a 27-7 loss at the hands of Augusta Aquinas.  After winning 11 straight to earn a spot in the championship game. The Cavs showed up ready to play, but they slowly let it slip away.

No one likes to lose.  Unfortunately, in a championship game, someone has to.   "We just didn't make some plays we'd been makin' you know." Said Mark Stroud, Calvary Days Head Coach. " It's frustrating for our kids.  but I'm super proud of 'em man." he added.

The Calvary Cavaliers rolled into the Georgia Dome on Friday full of confidence.  Winners of 11 straight after 2 losses to start the season, they felt invincible, but they knew they had to play a great game to beat a great opponent in Aquinas who came into  he dome rolling at 13-0.

First quarter, everything went the Calvary's way.  From a few long runs, to a blocked punt, to a 16 yard touchdown run by junior running back Robert Heyward.  This run gave Calvary a 7-nothing lead.  No one in the dome thought they'd never score again.  That's exactly what happened, the Cavaliers offense struggled after that to sustain drives.  Meantime, Aquinas stormed back with two 2nd quarter touchdowns to take a 14-7 halftime lead.

Second half, a little more of the same.  Just when Calvary thought they have a good drive going, they'd stall, failing to convert on several 4th down plays deep in Aquinas territory.  Game changing plays for sure.

"Every time we got into the red zone, try to score, menal errors that kept us from scoring."   Say Running back Robert Heyward. 

"I thought we had to come back and move the football and credit those guys, we didn't block them they 2nd half as well as I thought we would." Added Stroud.  "They loaded up and made some plays." He said.

Still, it's cliche, yes, but it was an honor to be in this game.  There was clear disappointment on the Cavalier bench afterward, but those players returning next year say they'll never let the underclassment forget how bad this feeling was of coming up short in a state championship game.  "It should be a motivator for our underclassmen seeing that we did it." Said Heyward. "they could stop in and do it.  Work as hard as we did and we could be right back here."

Senior receiver Milan Richard is headed to Clemson, he says "We still had a great season.  Unfortunately it ended like this.  Our winning streak, it ended, however long it was."  Richard said.  "The community, everybody came together we still did alot of good things this year."

Added Coach Stroud "Our guys had a great year.  Certainly not wanna lose this one.  It's all about the journey between August to today that's really important, that'll stick with us."



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