Cathedral adding to ground game as Pelahatchie Chiefs await

Published 12:07 am Wednesday, September 10, 2008

NATCHEZ — For Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley, this week is all about the running game.

The Green Wave takes on Pelahatchie on Friday, and Beesley is trying to add a ground game to his team’s passing game in anticipation of the 7 p.m. game.

“We’ve added some more plays into our running game,” he said. “We still like to throw the ball, but we’ve been very successful these past two games in running it. So we’re trying to maintain consistency but balance it out between the run and the pass.”

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The passing game is solid, with Preston Edwards throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown in a 16-14 win against Salem last week.

But Beesley was frustrated by a lack of focus on big scoring opportunities.

“We’re trying to stress more scoring when we get inside the red zone,” he said. “We got in the red zone a couple of times (against Salem) and didn’t put points on the board. So we know we can get there, we just have to score when we do.”

Beesley said he was most pleased with his team’s control of the ball late in Friday’s game. Salem had just scored a touchdown to bring it within two with five minutes left, but the Green Wave ate up yardage, racking up first downs and running down the clock to win.

Now, he said, they will have to contain the Chiefs’ run.

“They’ve got two good running backs. We know at any time either one can break for a long run, so we’ve got to contain them,” Beesley said. “I’ve got a couple films on them, and they look real good running the ball and running the option. We will really have to be able to control their running game.”