Cathedral travels

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, September 6, 2011

NATCHEZ — Through its first two games the Cathedral football team has been about as dominant as it could be, especially offensively.

The Green Wave has scored 101 points in their two wins over Adams County Christian School and Loyd Star while only allowing 13.

Head coach Ron Rushing’s offense has put up nearly 1,000 yards in two games and thrown for 638 yards.

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But this week brings new tests for Cathedral, as they travel approximately four hours to Pascagoula to take on Resurrection (1-0) in the Green Wave’s first Region 4-1A game of the season on Saturday.

“Every district game is important,” Rushing said. “Especially the first one, and getting off to a good start.”

Saturday’s game will mark the first time Cathedral will leave the Natchez city limits to play a game this season. They played at ACCS to open the season and hosted Loyd Star last week.

“On the road anything can happen,” Rushing said. “It’s such a long trip that we will stop and eat somewhere and get out somewhere for a little bit to walk around. We will have them moving throughout the day.

But we have to play on the road eventually, and we have a bunch of players coming back (from last year’s team), so we will keep the same pregame routine.”

Rushing said his high-flying passing attack might see fewer throws this week if Resurrection focuses on stopping the pass.

“It’s going to be one of those things where if they drop back for the pass, I feel very confident in running the ball with our offensive line and (running back) Jadarius (Ealey),” he said.

Rushing said his offense’s success so far stems from the play of his offensive line, whether they are passing or running the ball.

“Our offensive line has done a tremendous job of giving (quarterback) Caleb (Upton) time to throw the ball,” he said.

Rushing said a plethora of skill players has also helped to make the offense effective so far this season. He said the team features approximately eight players that are capable of having a big game receiving.

Rushing said practice this week will consist of working with his defense on covering Resurrection’s Wing-T offense.

“We will play a lot of assignment football and get reads from their offensive line,” he said. “We don’t see the Wing-T a lot in our league, so we will have to do a lot of teaching and learning assignments.”

Rushing said learning the defensive assignments will be important, because Resurrection has a few skill players that can make Cathedral pay for mistakes.

“Their skill guys (stand out),” he said. “They have four or five guys that if they touch it and get on a corner they can go.”

The defensive unit that Cathedral will send out to try to stop Resurrection’s running attack is much improved from last season, Rushing said.

“The big turn around came in the weight room in the last two years,” he said. “It makes a big difference. They are bigger, stronger, more confident and have the mentality and attitude that we don’t want to give up any points.”

The game will mark the first of nine region contests Cathedral will play this season, and Rushing said it would be important for his team to start region play with a win.

“With as many (region games) as we have, every one is so important and getting off to a good start would give us confidence,” he said.

The Region 4-1A match up will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.