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St. Michael Cardinals

Head Coach: Phillip Rivers (second season)
Career Record: 1 season, (6-3)
At St. Michael: one season, (6-3)
Stadium: Volanta Park
2022 Enrollment:  360
Rank:  163rd in the AHSAA, 18th in Class 4A

Overall Record:   11-28   (28.0%)
Last 25 years:   11-28   (28.0%)  (Rank: 356th in the AHSAA, 54th in Class 4A)
Since 2010:   11-28  (28.2%)  (Rank: 345th in the AHSAA, 54th in Class 4A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   Never qualified
Last Region Championship:   Never
Last Winning Season:   2021
Last Losing Season:   2020

Class:  4A              Region:   1
Record:  6-3    (Team record for wins in a season)
Region Record:   3-3, (fifth)
Playoff Record:   Did not qualify.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  316 (35.1)    (Team record for points scored in a season)
Defense:  175 (19.4)

Class: 4A              Region:   1
Strength of Schedule: 62-50 (55%) (90th in the AHSAA, 14th in Class 4A)
Region Strength:  43-37 (54%)
Non-Region Strength:  19-13 (59%)

Players to Watch
      Josh Murphy,  QB
      Ezra Sexton,  RB
      Bray Green,  WR
      Clay Barr,  LB

 2021 Results 
 8/20   OPEN 
 8/26  vs. McIntosh  (1A)   49-0   W  
 9/2  vs. Jackson  (4A)  *  24-21   W  
 9/9  @ Williamson  (4A)  *  23-26   L  
 9/16  vs. Escambia County  (4A)  *  44-12   W  
 9/24  vs. Elberta  (5A)   45-21   W  
 10/1  @ W.S. Neal  (4A)  *  42-6   W  
 10/8  @ Mobile Christian  (4A)  *  20-43   L  
 10/15   OPEN 
 10/22  vs. Vigor  (4A)  *  21-40   L  
 10/29  @ Millry  (1A)   48-6   W  

 2022 Schedule 
 8/18  vs. Gulf Shores  (5A)       
 8/26  vs. Chickasaw  (2A)       
 9/2  @ Bayside Academy  (4A)  *      
 9/9  @ Escambia County  (4A)  *      
 9/16  @ Satsuma  (4A)  *      
 9/23  @ McGill-Toolen  (6A)       
 9/29  vs. Orange Beach  (4A)  *      
 10/6  @ Wilcox Central  (4A)  *      
 10/13  vs. Jackson  (4A)  *      
 10/21  @ T.R. Miller  (4A)  *      
 10/28   OPEN 

Class  4A Region  1
Team 2021 Record Scoring                            
Bayside Academy (3A) 9-3334-208
Escambia County (4A) 2-8108-359
Jackson (4A) 11-3519-320
Orange Beach (2A) 9-2345-159
Satsuma (5A) 1-9114-387
St. Michael (4A) 6-3316-175
T.R. Miller (3A) 10-3356-192
Wilcox Central (4A) 1-964-393

 2022 Preview 

       St. Michael completed the 2021 season with a 6-3 record. Last year St. Michael just missed making the playoffs with a fifth place finish in Class 4A region one with a 3-3 region record.

       The Cardinals enjoyed the first winning season in the school's history in 2021. No team at St. Michael ever won more games in a season than the six victories last year. The 316 points scored by the Cardinals last year were a team record in a single season. The Cardinals have never qualified for a playoff spot and would love to break that streak this season. The Cardinals have never won a playoff game in the school's history. They would like to break through and pick up that first post season victory in 2022.


       St. Michael is a relatively new football program having fielded a team only five seasons. They have managed a record of 11-28 over the past five years.

       The Cardinals are led by head coach Phillip Rivers who is entering his second season at the helm. His team finished with a 6-3 record in his first season at St. Michael. The Cardinals saw improvement from a 2-7 record the season before coach Rivers arrived. The Cardinals have yet to reach the playoffs under his direction. They have not won a region crown with Coach Rivers.

       Coach Rivers' overall record as a head football coach in one season stands at 6-3 (66.7%).

       The Cardinals return QB Josh Murphy, RB Ezra Sexton and WR Bray Green so the offense should be very good as they try to build from the success of last season.

       The St. Michael Cardinals will play in Class 4A region one during the 2022 season.

       With a little luck and some improvement, the Cardinals could find themselves challenging for one of the playoff spots for region one this season. Unfortunately, St. Michael finds themselves in a very competitive region with other playoff quality teams. They may need to pull off an upset or two to have any shot at the postseason. St. Michael has never qualified for one of the coveted playoffs spots in school history but hope to turn a few more wins into a post season appearance this season.

       The Cardinals open the 2022 season at home against non-region opponent Gulf Shores on Thursday, August 18 at Volanta Park. Last year the Gulf Shores Dolphins finished with an overall record of 6-4 and in fifth place in Class 6A region one. The Dolphins ended last season on a positive note with a win over Satsuma by a score of 55-6 after failing to gain a playoff spot.

       This will be the second meeting between St. Michael and Gulf Shores on the football field. The Cardinals have a 0-1-0 record against the Dolphins. They last met in with

       St. Michael returns 4A All-State Senior kicker Ezra Sexton. He was named to the first team last season.


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