MHSAA: McDonough throws key passes in CHS victory

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 31, 2005

NATCHEZ &8212; Cathedral junior quarterback Patrick McDonough threw two key touchdown passes in the third quarter, and the defense forced seven turnovers as the Green Wave celebrated homecoming with a 26-21 win over Salem.

McDonough&8217;s 56-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Lane with 8:14 to go in the third quarter broke a 14-14 tie at halftime and gave the Green Wave (2-5, 3-5) the lead for good.

McDonough then threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Hall with 3:58 remaining in that same quarter.

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Teddy Martin accounted for 229 of the 250 total yards of offense for Salem (2-5, 2-6). He had two rushing touchdowns and his 50-yard punt return with just 50 seconds left until halftime was what tied the score at 14 going into the half.

However, his four interceptions, along with three fumbles that Cathedral&8217;s defense recovered and 11 penalties for 83 yards, proved to be costly for the Wildcats.

McDonough also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that tied the score at 7-7 with 3:48 remaining in the first quarter. Daniel Hollowell had a 5-yard touchdown run with 11:34 to go in the second quarter that gave Cathedral a 14-7 lead that almost lasted until halftime.

Martin&8217;s third touchdown of the game, a 7-yard run with 8:32 to go in the fourth, cut Cathedral&8217;s lead to 26-21.

Hazlehurst 35, Jefferson County 8

FAYETTE &8212; Hazlehurst, ranked in the top five in three separate polls, got four touchdown runs from Kynshun Reese as the Indians locked up first place in Region 6-3A.

Hazlehurst (5-0, 7-0) held Jefferson County (3-2, 5-4) to just 18 yards rushing and 138 yards of total offense.

The Indians&8217; defense also forced seven turnovers and intercepted Tigers quarterback Percy Turner six times.

Turner completed 11 of 19 passes, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Haki Reed in the third quarter that kept the Tigers from being shut out. Turner then added a two-point conversion pass to Anthony Williams.