Benedictine Unbeaten in Virginia: Football regular season wrap-up.

Benedictine Unbeaten in Virginia: Football regular season wrap-up.
By: Tommy Griffith ‘22

The Cadets are currently undefeated against opponents in their home state of Virginia, and the regular season officially came to a close when their final game with St. John Paul The Great was cancelled by forfeit.

Coach Lilly’s squad is currently 8-2 overall, and its two losses were to Maryland in the form of Avalon and Georgetown Prep.

They started things with a victory over rival Trinity Episcopal School 43-10 in front of their home crowd by scoring 20 points in both the first and fourth quarters. Benedictine had its first road tour by beating Catholic High School in Virginia Beach 49-26 with the first 35 points coming by halftime, before things took a turn south for the team in the aforementioned Avalon game 38-13 and Jay Woolfolk '21—the starting quarterback—faced an injury that took him out of the action for the remainder of the regular season.

Tate Plageman '22 was ready to get in the action a week later in the Cadets' second rivalry game against Fork Union Military Academy. Benedictine won 45-31 after trailing at the start of the fourth quarter. Time to rest and get ready for revenge came after Fork Union. When the time came, the defense was delighted to overwhelm Flint Hill 35-13 with three pick-sixes.

Following that game, the most recent loss came against Georgetown Prep, 27-13. They bounced back against Collegiate by winning 27-14 with the Cadets scoring at the end of the game. In the next round, the final play became vital when Evan Kerzanet '21 stopped Woodberry Forest inside the Cadets' five-yard line to win the Homecoming game, 27-26. The final game that went according to plan was a 47-0 victory at King William, before St. John Paul the Great cancelled. "We had a good season; [but] it wasn't as good as it could be," Joe Covington '22 said. "We overcame a lot of injuries, but we still have a championship team without those players."

The team is now in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Playoff, and Trinity Episcopal, the third seed, will return seeking revenge in the semifinals. Should the Cadets, the second seed, reign victorious, they will play the winner of a match between St. Chris, the top seed, and Fork Union, the fourth seed. Both semifinals will be played at 1:00 p.m. on November 9, 2019, and the highest seed remaining will be the home team for the final.

Benedictine Unbeaten in Virginia:  Football regular season wrap-up.
Benedictine Unbeaten in Virginia: Football regular season wrap-up.

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