Cathedral unable to get it going versus No. 1
NATCHEZ — Bogue Chitto High School looked every bit like the No. 1 team in MHSAA Class 1A Friday night and spoiled a homecoming night at Cathedral School.
The Bobcats physically controlled Friday night’s contest, and an 81-yard touchdown run by Brandon Wells early in the second quarter sparked a 25-0 win over the Green Wave.
“Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other guy,” Cathedral head coach Ron Rushing said. “They were the better team tonight.”
The Bobcats rushed for 253 yards in the contest while holding the Green Wave offense to just 65 yards rushing.
“They controlled the game up front,” Rushing said. “We couldn’t get to their linebackers. They had a great game plan on defense.”
Cathedral had its chance to fight its way into the ball game late in the second quarter, but the offense could not cap off a drive that advanced to Bogue Chitto’s 14-yard line.
After quarterback Thomas Garrity connected with Kyle Bradley on a 58-yard pass, Cathedral threw four-straight incomplete passes and turned the ball over on downs.
Bogue Chitto responded with an 11-play, 63-yard drive to start the second half and put the game away with an 8-yard touchdown run by James Blackwell that made the score 18-0.
After Wells’ 81-yard scamper started the scoring, Bogue Chitto scored again with four minutes left in the first half to go up 12-0.
Jeremy Blackwell intercepted a Garrity pass, which set the Bobcats up with good field position inside Cathedral territory. Cathedral forced a fourth down from its own 10-yard line, but Bobcat quarterback Brock Roberts found Germie Martin on a touchdown pass.
Rushing said Wells, Martin and Roberts would have to be stopped for Cathedral to win, and each of those Bobcat players had a good game Friday.
Wells finished the game with 131 yards rushing, Martin caught five passes for 79 yards and Roberts threw two touchdowns and rushed for 65 yards.
The Bobcats scored their last touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Roberts connected with Martin again for another touchdown pass — this one for 32 yards.
The Cathedral defense made some plays in the hard-hitting loss, and Rushing said Friday’s game was not made for soft football players.
“I was proud of the guys,” he said. “They played to the end. They sucked it up to the last hit, and really tackled.”
Cathedral’s Peyton Jenkins was all over the field defensively Friday night. The senior linebacker made four solo tackles, had seven assists and recovered two fumbles in the game. Both fumble recoveries put an end to Bogue Chitto scoring chances.
Cathedral finished the game with just 195 yards of total offense. Kyle Bradley was the leader of that offense with 31 yards rushing and 88 yards receiving.
The Green Wave (4-3, 3-3) will play another key MHSAA Region 4-1A game at Dexter High School next week.
“They are all big at this point,” Rushing said. “We’ve got to get back and get healthy. We got some kids banged up tonight.”
Bogue Chitto improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in region play with the win.