The Mount de Sales football team is getting healthy at just the right time.
The Cavaliers started the season 0-5 as they were hit by key injuries to their offense. But with a couple of their starters back, the Cavaliers have won two straight, both in GISA Region 2-AAA play, to get back on track.
They will try to make it three straight Friday against Trinity Christian-Sharpsburg.
We were very limited with what we could do offensively, and that showed, Mount de Sales head coach Robert Slocum said of the first five games. But now we can run all the things we like to run.
Quarterback Reed Ely was the first to return two weeks ago and helped lead the Cavaliers to a 45-7 win over Heritage in their region opener. Senior running back Alex Sands returned last week, and the Cavaliers beat Westminster 41-10.
With Ely out, the Cavaliers moved receiver Carson Leatherwood to quarterback, hurting the offense at one more spot.
When you put your No. 1 receiver in the backfield, (the defense knows) where he is, and that hurts, too, Slocum said with a laugh. But weve got some people back now, and were able to do some things.
That has helped put the Cavaliers in position to think about the playoffs. They are tied for first in the region with Tatttnall Square and Stratford and still play both of those teams.
Trinity, Heritage and Westminster all have two region losses already.
In our first five games, we had a couple of games we could have won that were close, and then we had one we didnt play because of lightning, and those could have been three wins with any luck, Slocum said. These kids could have very easily quit, but they didnt, and getting these guys back has given us a big shot in the arm and big boost of confidence.
They believe in what were doing, and they believe in themselves, and thats important.