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Pushing the O-line: Ty Brown, Cathedral offense look for better performance this week

Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Junior offensive guard Ty Brown works out in the Cathedral School weight room Monday afternoon before practice. Brown hopes that he and the Green Wave front line can improve their play this week when the team faces Dexter.

NATCHEZ — Cathedral junior offensive guard Ty Brown and the rest of the Green Wave front line were not able to get much of a push against the Bogue Chitto defense Friday night.

Cathedral (4-3, 3-3) managed just 65 yards on the ground against the No. 1 team in MHSAA Class 1A, and Brown said a lot of that had to do with the play of his unit.

“They were big and fast,” Brown said. “We didn’t get to their linebackers. That game should show that we have to do well on the offensive line.”

Brown said he has already started trying to motivate the offensive line to play better in Friday night’s game against Dexter, and he said the solution is simple.

“It’s about effort,” he said. “You have to give all you got. We have to go practice, and not just go through it, but we have to go as hard as possible.”

Friday night’s loss puts Cathedral in three must-win situations to end the season, but head coach Ron Rushing said his team still controls its own destiny.

“If we win out, we can be in a position not to need any help,” he said.

Dexter’s offense will test the Green Wave defense through the air Friday, and Rushing said his team will work on the passing game a lot in practice this week.

“They are throwing as much as we were last year,” Rushing said. “They have some athletic receivers, and they are getting it to their athletes, and they are making plays.”

Brown is a player that plays both ways for Cathedral, and he will be tested on both sides of the ball Friday. He said playing both offensive and defensive line helps him know what his opponent is going to do each play.

“You get to know their weaknesses,” he said. “But (playing both ways) has its goods and its bads. You can tire yourself out.”

Brown considers himself more of an athletic offensive lineman, he said, and his athleticism helps when he serves as a pulling guard on running plays.

“I’m really just like a running back on the line. I just can’t catch,” he said.

Brown and the rest of the Green Wave offensive line will try to get back on track at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to face Dexter (5-3, 4-2).