The St. Andrew’s Crusaders enter 2017 on a 9-game losing streak having not won a game in 2016. Head coach Taylor Stewart enters his second season at SAS after taking over for Ty Detmer a year ago and hopes to get the Crusaders back to their winning ways. In Detmer’s final season, St. Andrew’s finished 8-1 with wins over programs such as Regents School of Austin and won their final seven games that year. That success has the Crusader coaching staff confident they can start winning games again.
The Crusaders will again be a playoff eligible team this season which means their schedule will be consistently tougher than their SPC independent days. St. Andrew’s will play in SPC 3A again, the smaller school division, and will have to compete with defending champion Country Day and teams that dropped 40 points on the Crusaders in 2016 (Greenhill, Cistercian, and Oakridge). SAS will also face and old SPC foe in Saint Mary’s Hall, now playing in TAPPS.
Success for the Crusaders will depend on staying healthy, being consistent, and getting big plays from their skill players. The offensive line is a bit thin so the offense will have to be quick in getting their skill players involved. A trio of returning players will pave the way. Senior receiver Dylan Bryant and running backs Thompson Renner, a junior, and a sophomore Sean Fresch will see the majority of the action on offense.
Defensively, Bryan, Renner, and Fresch all return to start in the secondary which will be a pretty solid unit in 2017, however the defensive line will be a concern due to lack of depth. Senior Cason Doyle does return and will anchor the line.
Coach Stewart is anxious to get his program back on the field for year two of his tenure at St. Andrew’s. Having experienced skill players will hopefully get the Crusaders some more points on the board which should translate into some wins. St. Andrew’s averaged just over 14 points a game last season while yielding no less than 27 points to each opponent. Stewart says the overall outlook is “good” and expects the Crusaders to “execute at a high rate and play consistent football.” Success is dependent on consistency and with that we expect the Crusaders to break that losing streak sooner rather than later.
Record: 0-9 (0-8, 9th SPC 3A)
Head Coach: Taylor Stewart (2nd Season, 0-9)
Assistants: Earnie Solomon, Edward Cantrell, Justin Jones, Arjun Gupta, Drew Hodgdon
9/1 @ Saint Marys Hall
9/15 Country Day
9/22 @ Casady
9/30 John Cooper
10/6 @ St. Stpehens
10/20 @ Cistercian
10/27 Trinity Valley
11/3 @ Oakridge