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Cathedral rushes for 200 yards, defeats WCCA 23-0 in jamboree

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Cathedral School running back Khalil Brice carries the ball as Wilkinson County Christian Academy line backer Quincy Thompson attempts to tackle him during Saturday night’s jamboree at D’Evereaux Field. Cathedral defeated WCCA, 23-0.

NATCHEZ — The Cathedral School football team is looking to replace several playmakers that departed from last season’s high-scoring offense.

Saturday night, the Green Wave may have found at least one player that is ready to produce.

Senior running back Khalil Brice rushed for 163 yards on 19 carries in Cathedral’s 23-0 victory over Wilkinson County Christian Academy in the Cathedral Jamboree.

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — WCCA running back Kaleb Sterling carries the ball as Cathedral defenders swarm him during the first half of Saturday night’s jamboree.

“I was a bit disappointed with Khalil at first,” head coach Ron Rushing said. “I thought he was a bit fatigued, but I think it was just adrenaline built up, and he made some great runs. I told him, ‘That’s the Khalil I’m used to seeing.’”

The Green Wave piled up 200 yards rushing and 235 yards total during the two 20-minute halves, and Rushing said he was pleased with the performance.

“The offense got rolling midway through the first (half),” Rushing said. “The defense looked great.”

Cathedral held the Rams to just one first down and 23 total yards.

WCCA head coach David Wright said there was not a whole lot to be happy with after the Rams’ first scrimmage.

“We didn’t have too many good things tonight,” he said. “We let a couple of chances get away. We weren’t as conditioned as I want.”

Wright credited some of his team’s troubles to Cathedral’s ability to stop his offense.

“We’re going against a (bigger) public school,” he said. “They are well-established and a much bigger school.”

Wright said a couple of positives would come from WCCA’s troubles Saturday night.

“We got to see the difference between game speed versus practice speed,” he said. “Now we have some game film and can evaluate, and I can get in and help them in the classroom.”

Cathedral got the scoring started with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Garrity to Ishmael Blackmon. Garrity completed two of his 13 pass attempts for 30 yards.

Brice ran for two touchdowns (6 yards, and 15 yards) in the second half.

Rushing said Cathedral did not show too much of the playbook Saturday, and he was just glad to get some game conditioning.

“We just ran three runs and three pass concepts,” he said.

The final score of the game came on a safety when Cathedral’s R.J. Givens tackled WCCA’s Austin Goodfellow in the end zone.

WCCA will start preparation for Ben’s Ford this week.

“We just have to worry about ourselves right now,” Wright said.

Cathedral will open its season Friday against Adams County Christian School.

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