Last Fall, the St. Joseph’s Catholic Knights (Greenville, S.C.) were preparing for a senior night clash against their perennial rivals, the Christ Church Cavaliers. Even though this has always been somewhat of a heated rivalry, the Cavaliers had no idea what they were in for that night.
They soon found out.
From the opening kickoff, St. Joseph’s running back Andre Stoddard could not, and would not be stopped. Whether it was a sweep to the outside or a dive to the inside, it just didn’t matter. Once the final whistle had sounded, and the dust had settled, Stoddard had accumulated 34 carries for 354 yards and five touchdowns, but the Knights still lost a heartbreaker to Christ Church 42-34.
“Christ Church ended up being the state champs last year, so they’re a really good team,” said the sensational rusher. “Our offensive line really did a great job that game and I give all the credit to them. They just create such great space for me to make plays, and to tell you the truth, I was really in a zone that game. They’re probably one of our biggest rivalries, so it’s not too hard to get up for that game.”
Christ Church would also go on to knock St. Joseph’s out of the playoffs 54-14, but the 5-foot-10, 217-pound bruiser would still have a jaw-dropping season ending with 2,300 all-purpose yards, 1,800 of those rushing, and 26 touchdowns.
It’s easy to see how this soon-to-be junior has already caught the attention of college coaches nationwide.