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2018 Cardinal Football Wrap-Up

Touchdown

     After losing a ton of talent in what was the winningest senior class of all time, Cardinal
fans were uncertain of how this season would go. With a sophomore quarterback, several other
first year starters, and one of the toughest schedules in the state, it would be a trying season for
the team. Regardless of the circumstances, the Cards strapped it up and went to work.
Starting in December, lifting weights and speed training. Followed by summer practices
and conditioning workouts. There was no doubt, and no quit in these young men. They loved the
game and they loved winning.


     Another noteworthy attribute of this 57 member team was 21 of the players had a 3.5 or
above grade point average. These high academic achievers averaged a 3.8 grade point average
while dedicating much of their time to their sport.


     They started off with a 2-2 record, dropping games to two teams ranked in the top five in
the state Frederick Douglass and Boyle County. The Cards would straighten things out and get
on a roll as they finished the season going 6-2 in the last eight games of the season. The Cards
ended up losing in the second round of the playoffs against Franklin County, 27-21, in the “mud
bowl.” However, this eight win season, crowned the 2018-2019 senior class, as the winningest
class in Wayne County football history. The crew compiled an impressive 42-12 record over
their career. Congratulations and thank you to this group of seniors for your dedication and
setting the bar for Wayne County.


     Over the 2018 season, several Cards put together great performances on the field.
Starting with sophomore quarterback Brody Weaver. This young man stepped in as a first-year
starter and completed 128-257 passes for 2070 yards, while bolstering a 29-12 touchdown to
interception ratio. The running back position was also manned by two sophomores. Braedon
Sloan, the leading back, rushed for 1120 yards and 15 touchdowns, after being hampered by
injury in the early part of the season. This includes a historical performance at Madison
Southern, in which he rushed for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns. Carson Simpson also contributed
to the ground game with 487 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the receiving corps, senior wideout
Aubrey Weaver led the way with 61 receptions for 1052 yards and 20 TDs. Junior Tito Ruiz
added 362 yards and 3 touchdowns, and senior Michael Buoncristiani caught 19 passes for 200
yards and a touchdown.


     Defensively, the Cardinals were led by senior linebacker Chris Dunagan. Battling injury
at the end of the season, Dunagan put together a nice season with 82 tackles including 16 tackles
for loss and 2.5 sacks. Ten other defenders recorded over 30 tackles this year: Cody Roysdon,
Lee Shelton, Caleb Bridgeman, Alex Phillips, Riley Hancock, Aubrey Weaver, Christian
Denney, D’Angelo Dixson, Cody Vaughn, and Cauy Wallace. In fact, Cody Roysdon broke a
single season school record for tackles for loss with 17 for the school season.
Congratulations to these Cards for their performances on the field this year!





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