Cathedral can’t seal win over Bogue Chitto
BOGUE CHITTO — The Cathedral Green Wave out-gained the Bogue Chitto Bobcats in several offensive categories. But one of those turned out to be interceptions — five of them.
And that was the determining factor in No. 3 Cathedral’s 51-48 loss to Bogue Chitto, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, in the MHSAA Division 4-1A season-opener for both teams despite a strong performance by Green Wave quarterback Thomas Garrity.
For the second straight game, Cathedral jumped out to a 21-0 lead. However, this time they weren’t able to escape with the win after losing that lead. And that was not only because of Garrity’s five picks, but also because Bogue Chitto outscored the Green Wave 18-0 in the third quarter that gave the Bobcats a 31-21 lead.
The fourth quarter was indeed a wild one. The Green Wave scored the first 20 points to regain the lead at 41-31. Garrity had touchdown passes of 26 yards to Jardarius Anderson and 12 yards to R.J. Givens and scored on a 2-yard run.
Bogue Chitto scored on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Brock Roberts to Dennis Rogers to make it a 41-38 game. Garrity and Givens hooked up again in the quarter, this time on a 36-yard pass to give the Green Wave a 48-38 lead with 8:20 to go.
Then the Bobcats had a response of their own. First Roberts connected with Damien Terrell on a 35-yard touchdown pass with 7:33 left and Rogers intercepted a Garrity pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown with 4:18 remaining in the ball game for a 51-48 lead and the defense made sure that Cathedral would not get a final chance to win the game. Roberts’ TD pass from Terrell was his fifth of the game.
Garrity ended up throwing six touchdown passes and completed 27 of 55 passes for 499 yards. Josh Wilkerson was the Green Wave’s leading rusher with 74 yards on 14 carries. Anderson had 10 catches for 198 yards and one touchdown while Ishmael Blackmon had seven receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Givens had five catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Cathedral (2-1, 0-1) will be on the road again next Friday when it takes on Hinds Agricultural High School at 7 p.m.