Cathedral’s poor practices lead to Oak Forest loss

Published 12:48am Saturday, October 19, 2013

AMITE CITY, La. — Cathedral High School head coach Ron Rushing said his players haven’t done well in practice for the last three weeks.

And Friday night, he blamed his team’s 35-12 loss to Oak Forest Academy on the players’ poor practice performances, saying he took responsibility for his team’s less-than-stellar showing.

“We haven’t been getting after it like we should, and that’s on me,” Rushing said. “We got beat by a good football team. We’re getting out what we put in, and we have to do a better job of practicing and give a lot more effort.”

The Green Wave managed just 225 yards of total offense — 152 of it through the air — while yielding 391 yards rushing to the Yellow Jackets in the home team’s homecoming game. Despite the big numbers on the ground for Oak Forest, Rushing said he was pleased overall with the way his defense played.

“We missed some tackles at times, but we were aggressive,” Rushing said. “I was more disappointed with us offensively. They kept seven in the box and manned us up, and we had a hard time executing.”

Quarterback Thomas Garrity was 16 for 34 in passing with 152 yards and a touchdown. Jardarius Anderson had 111 yards receiving on seven catches and a touchdown.

Cathedral scored first with 7:57 left in the first quarter on a 9-yard run by Christian Jenkins, who finished the game with 73 yards on 10 carries. The extra-point attempt failed

But the Green Wave wouldn’t score again until late in the third quarter, and Oak Forest took a 7-6 lead just more than a minute later on a 25-yard run by Tyler Hasson.

Kaylin Stewart added a 9-yard touchdown run for the Yellow Jackets with 7:17 left in the second quarter, and Oak Forest went into the half up 14-6.

In the third quarter, Stewart scored again from 6 yards out with 6:28 remaining to make it 21-6 Oak Forest. Cathedral scored its second touchdown of the night on a 23-yard touchdown reception by Anderson, but the two-point pass attempt failed.

Oak Forest scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a 44-yard run by Hasson and a 9-yard carry by Stewart.

Ty Brown led the Green Wave in tackles with 10, and James Alan Coley added nine tackles. Anderson tallied eight tackles for the Green Wave.

Cathedral (6-3, 4-2) returns to regional play next week as it plays host to Salem High School.