Green Wave break through in win column

Published 3:15 am Saturday, October 10, 2009

BROOKHAVEN — Cathedral was not only looking for its first win in Region 4-1A Friday night against West Lincoln, but its first win of the season.

And thanks to the performances of JaDarius Ealey and Dylan White, the Green Wave finally got into the win column for the first time in 2009 with a 35-14 victory over the Bears.

“We finally got the monkey off our back,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said.

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Ealey stepped up for Cathedral in the second half, especially after Tyler Case’s 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the third quarter that made it a 21-14 ball game.

With the offensive line leading the way with good blocking, Ealey had touchdown runs of 6 and 4 yards within the final 4:30 of the fourth quarter to end West Lincoln’s comeback attempt.

Ealey finished with 17 carries for 175 yards and those two touchdowns. He also had a solid performance from his linebacker position with four solo tackles, five assists and one fumble recovery.

“The second half we were able to establish the running game,” Beesley said. “JaDarius Ealey and the offensive line had a tremendous second half.”

Even though White had just 10 carries for 32 yards, he had touchdown runs of 4 and 2 yards and he threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Huffines that allowed Cathedral (1-5, 1-2) to jump out to a 21-7 lead. White completed 9 of 24 passes for 187 yards with no interceptions. Huffines had five receptions for 114 yards.

West Lincoln (3-5, 0-3) scored just seven points against Cathedral’s defense even though Calvin Kees ran for 128 yards on 15 carries. That was on a 7-yard pass from De Price to Lucas Burris early in the second quarter – Price’s only completion of the game in 12 attempts. The Green Wave also recovered four Bears fumbles.

“Defense played another outstanding game. We did get some big turnovers in the first half. It was a close game for a while after (Case’s) kickoff return,” Beesley said.