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Cathedral High School receiver James Allen Coley, center, sprints up the field while evading defenders Evan Webber, left, and Rodney Hall during a team scrimmage on Friday evening. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral High School receiver James Allen Coley, center, sprints up the field while evading defenders Evan Webber, left, and Rodney Hall during a team scrimmage on Friday evening. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

Cathedral wraps up spring

Published 12:01am Saturday, May 18, 2013

NATCHEZ — Younger players and seasoned veterans saw plenty of work Friday evening as Cathedral hosted its end-of-spring intersquad game.

It was the White pitted against the Green, and the Green squad ended up on top 20-7 despite not even scoring once on offense.

Touchdowns counted for seven points, turnover recoveries for three points and fourth-down stops for two points in the three-quarter scrimmage. And the Green tallied 20 points on four turnovers and and four fourth-down stops.

Cathedral head coach Ron Rushing said the scrimmage was all about letting his squad get useful reps as they head into summer workouts.

“We’ve got young guys out here that have played some (junior varsity) games and some eighth and ninth graders coming up, and we’ve got some varsity guys at new positions, so getting a feel for it is good before the season starts,” Rushing said.

Alex Weadock got the first turnover for the Green with an interception in the first quarter. The White scored its only points of the game on a touchdown reception by Jardarius Anderson. The Green turned around and got a fourth-down stop late in the quarter and trailed the White 7-5.

But it was all Green after that, as the school’s namesake colors tallied three fourth-down stops and a turnover recovery to take a 14-7 lead after two quarters. The Green got a turnover in the third quarter near the goal line to stop a potential touchdown, and they tallied one more turnover later in the quarter.

Many younger players got to see action Friday, and Rushing said afterward the experience would help develop them as players.

Anderson got hurt on the last play of the game, and Rushing said Anderson felt some pain in his back. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons but was later released, and Rushing said Anderson was OK.