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Upton throws way to big Green Wave victory

BROOKHAVEN — Cathedral junior quarterback Caleb Upton had a performance that no one will forget as he had the best passing game by a Green Wave signal caller in a long time.

Upton completed 23 of 37 passes for a stunning 471 yards with five touchdown passes and just one interception, and he added a key rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter with Loyd Star on the comeback trail to lead the Green Wave to a 48-34 win Friday night.

Daniel Huffines had touchdown catches of 13 and 61 yards and he finished with nine receptions for 204 yards. Semmes White had four catches for 62 yards with a 15-yard score in the second quarter and a 28-yard TD grab early in the third quarter.

Carl Hammitte had three catches for 100 yards. One of those catches went for 29 yards and a touchdown late in the first half.

“Caleb Upton played great. Receivers caught the ball. It was a team effort,” Cathedral assistant coach Kurt Russ said. “Caleb had time to throw the ball and got it to his receivers. We had a great effort out of our offense.”

Cathedral battled back after Loyd Star scored first on a four-yard run by Marquis Hayes with 3:05 remaining in the first quarter. Hayes added a 51-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter to put the Hornets up 12-7.

After that, however, the Green Wave put up 27 consecutive points to give them what appeared to have been an insurmountable 34-12 lead with 10:58 to go in the third quarter.

But Loyd Star would not go away quietly. Hayes, who had 16 carries for 200 yards, scored his third touchdown of the game on a 77-yard run and Josh Butler scored on a four-yard run with Marcus Sims adding back-to-back two-point conversion runs and just like that it was a 34-28 game with 7:54 still to go in the third quarter.

Neither team would score again until Upton’s one-yard touchdown run and his two-point conversion pass to Huffines with 7:35 left in the fourth quarter that gave Cathedral a 42-28 lead. However, Sims kept the Hornets in the game with his 37-yard touchdown run just 20 seconds later.

“We didn’t play real bad defensively. We gave up some big plays. But other than that, we played well,” Russ said.

With 3:49 remaining in the game, Huffines put the game out of reach with a 10-yard touchdown run that gave the Green Wave a 14-point lead.

“Kids played hard. Battled back from some adversity. It’s a team nobody thought we could beat and we stood tall,” Russ said.

Cathedral (2-0) has an open date next Friday before hosting Enterprise on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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