Cavaliers look to build on win
Even in the midst of a losing streak, Southern Lee head coach Don Simon said his Cavalier football squad had been practicing hard and putting in the right work during the week leading up to each Friday night.
A bye week, which let a few Cavaliers recover from injuries, let the Cavs have more prep time for a trip to Union Pines last week and the Cavaliers played their best game of the season for a 57-21 win, their first Cape Fear Valley win of the season.
"We were able to get everyone healthy and we were able to see more of what we can do," Simon said.
The one constant for the Cavalier offense has been quarterback Emond Caldwell finding receiver Aaron Blockmon. Caldwell teamed with Blockmon for five catches, three of which were touchdowns, against the Vikings. Blockmon has 55 receptions for 1,220 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.
The Cavs added more for a defense to worry about at Union Pines, especially on the ground. Cullen Boyette rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Patrick Bunnell rushed for two touchdowns. Caldwell, along with going 10-for-18 for 183 yards passing, rushed 11 times for 83 yards.
Lighting up the scoreboard last Friday wasn't a matter of gaining confidence, or even grabbing momentum, Simon said, as he feels his players have remained confident all year. It simply came down to executing what the Cavs can do as a team.
"We did a good job of just doing our jobs," he said.
"We played mistake-free, mostly turnover-free football. When we're able to play clean and play fast, we'll be okay," Simon said.
The Cavalier defense played well as a unit as well, said Simon.
"Defensively, we did a good job getting people to the football and we did a pretty good job shutting down (Union Pines) main playmakers," he said. "We have to get people to the football, that's always a big thing for our defense."
The Cavaliers (2-6, 1-2) welcome winless Westover (0-8, 0-3) for the last home game of Southern Lee's regular season at 7:30 tonight. The Wolverines beat Southern Lee 32-10 last season.
Westover was hammered, 47-0, by Douglas Byrd last Friday. A 13-6 loss to Union Pines is the closest margin the Wolverines have managed this season.