Cathedral coach gets good read on players
NATCHEZ — If there’s anything Cathedral football coach Ron Rushing is pleased about from the team’s jamboree game Friday, it’s player participation.
A whole lot of player participation.
After film review of the 22-6 Green Wave win against WCCA Friday night, Rushing said he has a better idea of where his athletes are in being ready for the regular season.
“We played so many people, I got a chance to evaluate everyone on my team. All (my players) received valuable playing time,” Rushing said.
Even with so many players getting playing time, Rushing said there were several that stood out to him in the scrimmage.
“Freshman Ishmael Blackmon played really well. Semmes White played well, and, of course, Daniel Huffines played well,” Rushing said.
Brent Gaudé hit a 27-yard field goal for Cathedral, and JaDarius Ealey scored on a 1-yard run. Daniel Huffines had a touchdown on a 69-yard run and Khali Brice scored on a 9-yard pass from Thomas Garrity.
“I think the biggest thing for us is being able to evaluate everyone. We were vanilla on offense — I think we only ran three plays over and over, and that gave me a good chance to see what everyone can do. I wanted to see if we could run the football,” Rushing said.
And the running game will be critical to Cathedral getting to the playoffs, Rushing added.
“I want for us to be a really good football team. I don’t want to just win a few games, I want to win a lot of games and get to the postseason,” Rushing said.
“We’re going to have to run the football, and I think we can. Still, there’s definitely some things for us to improve on.”
Cathedral opens their season at Central Private at 7 p.m. Friday.
Trinity Episcopal also took part in the Cathedral jamboree, shutting out St. Aloysius 24-0. Quarterback Givonni Dent had two rushing touchdowns of 13 and 37 yards, and Tip McKenzie added a 6-yard touchdown carry.
Trinity will host Prairie View at 7 Friday night.
Natchez High School showed promise in its exhibition game against South Pike at the Natchez High jamboree Friday. Quarterback Javon Washington completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Damion Williams, and Kevin Bailey scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Bulldogs head coach Lance Reed said he was impressed with the effort of his younger players in the scrimmage.
“They played with a lot of effort, and I was happy to see them perform,” Reed said.
“I was pleased with the rhythm of our offense. I think they got into a pretty good rhythm in the couple of series we had (with that unit). We still have some things that need to be corrected as well.”
The Bulldogs will play at Jefferson County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Adams County Christian played in the Copiah Academy Jamboree Thursday, dropping both games it played in. ACCS lost to River Oaks 21-0 in game one, and to East Rankin 14-8 in game two. The Rebels’ lone touchdown of the night came on a 65-yard catch by Corey Emanuel from quarterback Kent Yates.
When looking at film, Rebels head coach Paul Hayles said he was able to identify some of the things that gave his team trouble.
“Little things will add up. If this person goes to the wrong gap in our style of defense, it will create a big opening, and that was commonplace (Thursday),” Hayles said.
“We have to maintain continuity on the offensive side of the ball. When we had success with the passing game, our running game was not correlating, and vice versa.”
The Rebels will host CENLA Christian at 7 p.m. Friday, and Hayles said his team would have to come prepared.
We have to put it together with our A game, because CENLA is going to come prepared. But I expect my team to come out and perform well Friday night,” he said.