Turnovers make homecoming a wash

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 25, 1999

After a defensive first quarter, things changed quick as a Flash for the Cathedral Green Wave as St.&160;Aloysius used two turnovers in the second quarter and another in the third to down CHS 47-12, spoiling homecoming night at D’Evereux Stadium.

It was the first loss of the year for the Green Wave (3-1) while St. Aloysius improved to 3-1.

&uot;After the turnovers we had to try and do things we’re not good at,&uot; said Cathedral head coach Ken Beesley.

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After a scoreless first quarter, Cathedral had possession at its own 34-yard line.

Chris Bass stepped in front of a Stephen Edwards pass in the flat and returned it for the first score of the game.

Michael Strickland added the conversion kick.

&uot;I think if they had not returned that first interception for a touchdown it would have been a different game,&uot; said Cathedral head coach Ken Beesley.

On Cathedral’s next possession, Jason Martin-Nez intercepted a long pass and returned it 43 yards to the Cathedral 12.

Two plays later, Dorian Williams raced around the left end for the score. Strickland’s kick put St. Al up 14-0 with 7:53 remaining in the first half.

Cathedral’s deepest penetration of the first half was to the St. Al 40.

Another turnover led to the next St. Al score.

JaMel Jackson fumbled the second half kickoff and St. Al’s Josh Baker jumped on it at the Green Wave 23.

Two plays later, Martin-Nez went around the right end 23 yards for the touchdown. Strickland added the conversion.

&uot;If we could have gotten a score in the third quarter, I think we could have played with them, although it would have taken a big effort,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;But when they got that touchdown it was all downhill from there.&uot;

St. Al struck for another score on its next possession as Martin-Nez carried the ball 28 yards to the 22 yard line. Two plays later, Martin-Nez bobbled the snap, and then went straight up the middle for the score. The conversion failed.

The&160;Flashes added to their lead late in the third quarter as Martin-Nez completed a 10-yard pass to Bass. Martin-Nez passed to Clay Simmons for the conversion.

Cathedral got its first score with 7:59 remaining in the game as Jackson went in from 10 yards out with 7:59 remaining. The kick failed.

Jackson finished with 153 yards on 27 carries.

The Flashes answered quickly as Carl Banchetti swept left and raced down the sideline 54 yards to paydirt for a 41-6 lead. Banchetti finished with 93 yards on 14 carries. St. Al had 244 rushing yards.

Cathedral’s defense was giving up an average of 11 yards rushing a game going into the game.

The final Flash came as Williams returned an interception 55 yards for the score with 4:08 remaining.

Cathedral found paydirt on its final drive as Jackson went in from two yards out.

Cathedral returns to Division 6-2A play next Friday at Loyd Star.