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Cathedral to take on Bobcats

Published 12:01am Thursday, October 11, 2012

NATCHEZ — Cathedral School football coach Ron Rushing said he knows how big a win would be for the Green Wave’s postseason hopes.

But he also said he knows winning Friday’s homecoming matchup will not be an easy feat.

“A win would be huge,” Rushing said. “We felt we gave up one (region game) earlier in the season, and that put us behind the eight ball, but we’ve played well the last two weeks and kind of righted the ship.”

Another Region-4-1A win would put Cathedral at 4-2 on the season, but it will have to come against the No. 1 team in MHSAA Class 1A, Bogue Chitto High School.

Rushing said Cathedral fans would see a Bogue Chitto offense that looks similar to the one the Green Wave fielded last season.

“They don’t throw it as much, but they probably could,” he said. “And they have a very physical defense.”

Cathedral has been searching for its identity on offense the past few weeks, and that search was hindered by some key injuries on offense. But Rushing said the Green Wave is getting healthy, and he thinks the offense is coming together.

“We’ve found some things we do well,” he said. “We ran some pro-set (formation) last week, and we’ve gotten better with run blocking. That’s what we do best right now.”

Last season, Cathedral managed to pull away from the Bobcats in a 61-28 victory, but Rushing knows his players do not need any extra motivation to face No. 1 this season.

“Every year we know how competitive they are,” he said.

Rushing said Bogue Chitto skill players Brandon Wells and Germie Martin will present problems outside for the Cathedral defense, and quarterback Brock Roberts is a veteran quarterback that runs the Bobcat offense very well.

“Those guys are good, but we just have to concentrate on ourselves and our assignments,” he said. “We have to get kids in the right places.”

Cathedral’s come-from-behind win last week gave the team some confidence and also showed Rushing the mental toughness of his team, he said.

“It’s not only about winning and losing, but we found out about our team character,” he said. “Being able to pull on out when we had to speaks a lot about this team.”

Cathedral (4-2, 3-2) will host Bogue Chitto (7-0, 5-0) for homecoming at 7 p.m. Friday.