Prep Football: Cavaliers gear up for tough schedule
The St. Thomas More football team finished with a 10-1 record in 2016 and the Cavaliers hope to carry over their success into the 2017 campaign.
St. Thomas More is set to kick off a new season on Saturday against the Spearfish Spartans. The Cavaliers return four starters on offense, along with seven starters on defense.
Between now and Saturday, head coach Wayne Sullivan and the Cavaliers have plenty of questions to answer. But the quarterback position isn’t one of them. Kane Cavanaugh will start under center against Spearfish.
"Kane’s had some good tutors above him with Matthew and Preston that were in the system when he was with us," Wayne Sullivan said. "So Kane has learned a lot. He’s a good teacher himself. Our sophomore Ryder Kirsch is learning a lot from Kane. But with Kane coming in, he’s had some great guys in front of him. He’s learned some good things. He’s very comfortable to audible. Lots of our offense is predicated on what you see. So we feel very confident with him right now. We just told him move the chains, get the ball in the end zone and that’s your position."
After Saturday’s game against Spearfish, the Cavaliers travel east to take on Tea Area on September 1. Then St. Thomas More will host West Central on Saturday, September 9.
"If you want to be the best you have to play the best," Sullivan said. "People say that we’ve been a successful program. Well to me you have to play in the big game. You have to win the big game. Wins are great. But you want to end your season on a win and so that’s our goal. In order to do that, you have to play the Tea Areas, the West Centrals. the Madisons. So it was great to play Madison in the state semifinals who were the eventual state champs. Then to get Tea and West Central, this is by far the toughest schedule probably in about 20 years."
"We’ll start off against such good teams, we’ll be able to see what we’re made of," Cavaliers senior Joe Poeppel said. "See how we match up against other good teams and we’ll be able to look down the schedule that way."