Small school powerhouse Christ Church extended the longest active winning streak in South Carolina on Friday at Heathwood Hall, downing the host Higlanders 42-0 in the annual Episcopal Bowl.
It was the 27th consecutive win for the Cavaliers from Greenville, who have won back-to-back Class A state championships. Christ Church went 14-0 on the way to the Division I title last year after prevailing in Division II in 2011.
The Cavaliers rotated two backfields throughout the game with impressive production.
Junior quarterback Andrew Slade got the start over senior veteran Demetrius Anthony, who posted more than 3,000 yards of total offense last season.
Slade directed four scoring drives, completed 8-of-9 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns and had one scoring run.
The athletic Anthony had 87 yards rushing and one touchdown and one highlight, 47-yard scoring pass to Bobby Hudson. Anthony escaped a strong rush by the Highlanders, ran toward the left sideline and threw a strike across his body to Hudson in the end zone just as he got to the line of scrimmage.
“At this point, both of our quarterbacks have shown some good signs, so we decided we’d let them both play and see what they could do,” Christ Church coach Don Frost said. “Both of them did a heck of a job, but I’m not sure if we’ll do this all year.”
Christ Church finished with 315 yards — 128 by land, 187 by air.
The Cavaliers unsung defense had the starring role in the season opener, limiting Heathwood Hall to 23 yards. Christ Church tallied eight sacks, seven on four-year starting quarterback Will Detwiler.
“Christ Church is a great football team,” Highlanders coach Jon Wheeler said. “They made plays, even when we were in reasonable positions to make some stops.”
Wheeler said the blowout could serve a useful purpose.
“It’s a wake-up call,” he said. “Will we answer the alarm and get ourselves up out of bed, or will we hit the snooze button? The coaches and the players all have to get back to work and do a better job.”
Christ Church has loftier aspirations but a down-to-earth approach.
“Every team has to develop it’s own personality, and we won’t know ours for a while,” Frost said. “We have smart kids who understand that to make another 14-game run, they have play it game in and game out. That’s what got us this far, and that’s what will be needed to keep it going.”
CC—Bobby Hudson 5 pass from Andrew Slade (Mac McCall kick), 5:20
CC—Demetrius Anthony 5 run (kick failed), 5:23
CC—Slade 1 run (Johnstone pass from Slade), 2:16
CC—Huw Staton 8 pass from Slade (McCall kick), 4:17
CC –Hudson 47 pass from Anthony (McCall kick), 3:17
CC—Dorien Dickey 1 pass from Slade (McCall kick), 11:08