Cathedral looks for win vs. Stringer
Published 11:36 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2007
NATCHEZ — After playing two of the top teams in Class 1A the past two weeks, Cathedral hopes to right the ship when they host Stringer on Friday night at 7.
Cathedral (1-5) has run the gauntlet the past two Friday nights, losing to a 6-0 Bogue Chitto team 55-34 and falling 33-6 to a Mount Olive squad that is 5-1 and ranked No. 2 in 1A.
Stringer enters Friday’s game with a 2-3 record, including a 28-0 loss to Mount Olive and a 40-28 loss to Bogue Chitto last week.
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Stringer’s two wins were 48-12 over West Lincoln and 35-28 over Pisgah.
Cathedral coach Craig Beesley said he is most concerned with Stringer’s multi-faceted quarterback Cole Walters, who passed for three touchdowns last week.
“He does a good job of running out of the spread formation,” Beesley said. “He’s also a pretty good passer. They’ll draw you in to stop the run and then throw over the top. We have to stop their run first.”
Beesley hopes to get the same effort from his team that they gave in the first half of last week’s loss to Mount Olive. The Green Wave went to the locker room trailing only 6-0.
“We played well in the first half and hope to build on that,” Beesley said. “We feel like if we play like we did in the first half we’ll be in a good position to win.”
If Cathedral is to win, they will most likely have to do so without their top tailback, Jamerson Jones.
Jones suffered a severe sprained ankle on the first play of last week’s game and is doubtful to play Friday.
“Nothing is broken but it’s still very sore,” Beesley said. “He’ll dress out but probably won’t play.”
After playing a tough schedule the past few weeks, Beesley thinks his team has a legitimate shot to close the season on a good note.
“We really have a chance to win three of our last four games if we play good football,” Beesley said. “We’ve just got to make plays in the fourth quarter.”