Calvary Sports and Hurricane Matthew



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Sandwiched between Hurricane Matthew, Sports had no choice but continue and continue it did. Just as Matthew was making its way through the Bahamas, the Girls Softball team went 3-0 in the Region 3-A Softball Tournament while knocking off #1 seed E.C.I.  The Lady Cavs were the only undefeated team left before Matthew arrived to cancel the Championship day.  Just a week later Softball was back on the field hosting the 1st Rd. of State and sweeping Landmark Christian in two games.  With the return of electrical power and normal school days, the Volleyball team went back into action. Having the Area Tournament cancelled, the defending state champions took the #2 seed and hosted The Galloway School, taking all three sets to advance. Two days later our girls were on the road to Fellowship Christian and took 3 of 4 sets and were reseeded as the #2 overall seed and would host Athens Academy in the State Semi-finals, a rematch of the same two teams, eyeing a shot at the Championship game. The Lady Cavs were not going to be denied. Each set was a back and forth slugfest, but the senior laden Cavaliers swept Athens Academy in straights to earn the right to defend their State Championship in Atlanta against no other than their crosstown Rival in red and black. (Thats a blog for another day, great ending though)  XC went back to training and prepared for the Area Meet in Macon. In their return the Lady Cavaliers took 2nd overall and qualified for State. The Harris sisters took the podium 1,2,3.  So. Mattie Harris defended her Area title, but the best part was her sisters were right behind her. Sr. Moriah finished 2nd, while Fr. Hannah Harris passed some girls late to take 3rd and secure a Calvary tri-fecta.  Another Harris got into the action, Sr. Boys XC runner Elijah Harris placed 6th overall and would be joining his sisters in Carrollton at the State Meet.

All the while Varsity Football was going to be given the biggest task, play 4 sub-region football games in 18 days. Three of the Cavalier opponents would come into the games ranked in the top 15 in the Power Rankings. The Cavaliers opened up with a big rival win against a strong SCD team 28-7.  Next came some Monday Night Football at Portal, it wasn’t pretty at times but a effective. The Cavaliers pulled away 47-14 over the Panthers.  Now the big boys came calling as the Cavaliers returned to the friendly confines of M.C. Anderson Field. McIntosh County Academy had returned to Class A with a vengeance and a 6-1 record.  Calvary played their most physical game so face and scored the game winner with 47 seconds to stay undefeated with a 21-14 win.  Now the final gauntlet was with the Raiders on Sr. Night just five days later. After being tied at 14-14 heading into the 4th quarter, Calvary showed composure on both sides of the ball and pulled away to a 28-14 victory to conclude the regular season 9-0.


A little more about Chad Griffin...

Chad Griffin received his B.A. in history with a minor in criminal justice from UNC-Pembroke and his M.Ed. in education administration from Madison University. Griffin attends First Presbyterian Church and strives to live by Mark 9:35, “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be very last, and a servant to all.’” He has been blessed with a wonderful, caring wife, Sherry, and two remarkable children, Hayes and Addison. He is thankful for the ability to serve our student-athletes, coaches, and support staff through athletic endeavors. Griffin sincerely believes the values of “Building Champions through Christ,” and uses this motto to challenge our student-athletes to be the best young men and women they can be. Griffin prays that student-athletes will not only find individual success, but also spiritual success through true salvation that matters — a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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