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St. Luke's vs Mobile Christian
August 22, 2013St. Lukes Episcopal School
Coastal Alabama Football Storylines: Will St. Luke's, Mobile Christian keep winning?
MOBILE-- St. Luke’s and Mobile Christian each had breakthrough years in the AHSAA last season.
The Wildcats went 9-3 last season, making the playoffs for the first time behind Southern Miss signee George Payne’s 2,400 yards rushing. Mobile Christian won its first seven games and made it to the 2A quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual state runner-up Washington County.
Will the success continue for both teams this year?
“We had an outstanding offseason and that led into good summer,” Mobile Christian coach Neil Evans said. “A lot of momentum carried over from last season. I felt like we achieved some goals last year. There is a buzz around the program, a sense of win now. The guys have embraced that. It has driven us every step of the way into this season.”
The Leopards should be good again. Class 2A Back of the Year finalist Tyler Rogers returns to run behind Jordan Cagle and an experienced offensive line. Sophomore Jordan Aubrey has shown confidence at the quarterback position. He will replace last year’s starter, Josh McNickle.
“I feel like we have a lot of confidence as a team going in this year,” Aubrey said. “We have a lot of people coming back, including Tyler, and we have a strong line up front. Coach Evans leads us in a way we can get better and can sustain that level of confidence.”
St. Luke’s might have a tougher road to repeat success.
The Wildcats must, of course, replace Payne. They’ll go with a running back by committee approach featuring Thomas Stubblefield, Danny Haskell and Kesonn Bettis. The good news for coach John Beverly is that all five of his starters on the offensive line return.
“There is a sense of accomplishment that has caused our community to feel we can even do better I think,” he said. “With baseball winning a state championship and golf winning a state championship, our community is hungry to do something in football. Our goal is always to win the last game, whether it is the last game of the season or the state championship, we have to always win that last game. That’s what we plan to do.”
We could find out which team is most likely to repeat its 2012 success early. The Leopards and Wildcats open the season against each other at Mobile Christian on Aug. 30.