Wave floods Bogue Chitto 21-7
Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 6, 1999
Cathedral’s Key Smith capped a decisive nine minute fourth quarter drive leading the Green Wave to a 21-7 win over Bogue Chitto.
&uot;It’s a matter of a winning season and a losing one. We have a chance to go out on top against a excellent team&uot; commented Green Wave mentor Ken Beesley.
Cathedral finishes the season at 5-4.
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However the hosts would have their hands full in the trenches against a bigger Bobcat squad.
From the opening kick, the night belonged to the inspired effort of Cathedral’s undersized offensive and defensive lines. Midway through the first quarter the Green Wave running game punished the flat-footed Bobcats with big runs from Ja’Mel Jackson and Smith. Jackson would open the scoring with a 30 yard sprint with 4:57 left.
Cathedral had another chance to score as a result of a bad punt snap which set them up inside Bogue Chitto’s 40 yard line. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Bobcat line stiffened on the 5-yard line and got the ball back on downs.
As the Green Wave continued to push around the surprised visitors, Willie Clark intercepted a Cody Leggett pass to set up the next Green Wave score with 6:43 in the half.
Zach Robinson would weave at will putting the ball inside the opponents 10 yard line.
Jackson’s second score, a 6-yard rumble got the partisan crowd roaring again. A fake kick attempt resulted in a two point pass, from Stephen Edwards to Ben Eidt.
Bogue Chitto marched down the field on their next possession for 65 yards, with the help of the running and recieving of Jonathan Cutrer.
Cody Leggett would find his twin brother Cory for a eight yard strike cutting the margin to 14-7.
Both teams exchanged punts for most of the third quarter, but as time began to disappear confidence continued to swell for the boys in emerald.
The hosts could have put the Bobcats away with a Robinson 70-yard punt return for a score, but a clipping penalty negated that yardage. Uneffected, the resilient Green Wave shook off the adversity and continued to stuff the bigger Bobcats.
Bogue Chitto would not die easily however, as they began to mount a game-tying drive moving to mid-field thanks to a number of slashing runs.
However, they went to the well too often as a fumble set up Cathedral’s game-clinching drive. They held possession for over nine minutes thanks to two fourth down runs by Jackson.
One of them produced a milestone as the freshman talled his 1,000th yard for the season.
As time was winding down, the Green Wave was flagged for holding on a fourth and two inside the 20 yard line.
Remarkably, on the very next play Edwards found Clark for a 19 yard reception putting the ball on the one yard line.
Smith’s blast ended the night for the lackluster Bobcats, leaving them wondering what hit them on a cool night at D’Evereux Stadium.
Bogue Chitto finishes the regular season at 7-4.