Green Wave snaps skid, lands first win with 40-20 decision over WL

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 30, 2004

NatcheZ &045;&160;West Lincoln Bears and the Cathedral Green Waves squared off at D’Evereux Stadium last night. A win would mean a confidence booster for either team.

Unfortunately, the game of football allows for one winner and last night wasn’t going in the Bears direction.

Cathedral came away with a 40-20 victory.

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&uot;I think we came out ready to play,&uot; said West Lincoln head coach Brooks Burns. &uot;We got down on ourselves after a few things didn’t go our way, which took us out of the game.&uot;

The Green Waves struck earlier and often against the Bears. Andrew Ellard ran the ball in for a touchdown from the 15-yard line at the 10:16 mark of the first quarter only to have the touchdown called back by a holding penalty.

This was the start of a night that would witness yellow flags flying as both teams combined for a total of 22 penalties for 153 yards.

&uot;We needed a win to help our confidence,&uot; said Cathedral head coach Ken Beesley, Sr. &uot;We struggled as we have all season and tonight we made too many mistakes.&uot;

The first recorded score of the night came off of a tough 13-yard run by Zach Calhoun with 5:29 left in the first quarter. The extra point attempt was no good, as the Green Waves took a 6-0 lead.

The Bears’ Darnell Sampson coughed up the ball on their own 15-yard line with 5:06 left in the first. This was the first of a combined 11 fumbles of the night.

After three penalties, one of which was unsportman’s like, Andrew Ellard ran in from the 8-yard line for his first touchdown of the night. Cathedral quarterback Patrick McDonough connected with Andrew again for the two-point attempt, which was good. Cathedral was up 14-0.

The Wave defense continued to hammer the Bears’ running game. They forced the Bears to fumble three more times before the end of the half.

&uot;We went to a six-man line, which was our first time running it,&uot; continued Coach Beasley. &uot;We knew they couldn’t pass the ball and we were able to substitute allowing us to keep fresh lineman in the game.&uot;

The Bears next possession ended with a fumble, which was recovered by Cathedral at the Bears’ 37-yard line.

Six plays later and early into the second quarter, Cathedral’s freshman Jesse Morrison drove in from the 1-yard line to add another touchdown for a 22-0 lead

After a good 24-yard kickoff return by West Lincoln’s Kevin King, the ball was fumbled at their 39-yard line and was recovered by Cathedral. The Green Waves ran eight plays and fumbled the ball, giving it back to the Bears.

Two plays later Bears’ quarterback Kevin Lofton was intercepted by Green Wave’s Adam Dollar. He ran the ball 38-yards for a touchdown, 28-0.

The point after attempt was no good.

The Bears mounted several impression plays and moved the ball from into Green Wave territory from their 25-yard line. Cathedral defense caused the West Lincoln to fumble the ball again. Cathedral recovered the fumble. The next play, Ellard ran in for a 35-yard touchdown run with 5:41 before the half. The point after attempt was no good, 34-0.

The Bears’ finally go on the board with six seconds on the clock before the halftime, 34-6.

Cathedral added another touchdown in the second half as the Bears went onto add another 14 points to their score, 40-20.