Cathedral, Franklin Co.’s seasons end

Published 12:01 am Thursday, January 26, 2012

BILOXI — The Cathedral Green Wave saw their season come to an end Tuesday night in a 4-0 loss to the St. Patrick Catholic High School Fighting Irish in the first round of the MHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A South State Playoffs.

Cathedral had just one day of rest to prepare for St. Patrick after having to play three straight games to end the regular season. The Green Wave needed a lot more than that to get ready for the long bus ride down to take on the Fighting Irish.

Green Wave head coach Dennis Hogue said the size of the two team’s rosters was one of the deciding factors in the outcome of this game.

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“They had a pretty big roster. They must have had 20-plus guys on the bench, and we had only four, and those were our JV guys,” Hogue said. “They stayed fresh. We were fatigued. It’s a break to catch your breath, but we had some mild injuries and bruises and not much time to recover.”

Even though Cathedral had very few scoring opportunities throughout the game, the Green Wave did a good job of limiting St. Patrick to two goals in each half. Freshman Stephen Alexander scored two goals for the Fighting Irish while junior Connor Ladner and freshman Clark Copponext each had one goal.

“No. 3 (Alexander) scored two fantastic goals,” Hogue said. “It’s hard to play a team like that and not have any substitutions. They’re a quality team. They had good ball control. If we had some subs, we could’ve given them a good match. They had fresh people on the field. It didn’t look one-sided (as far as ball control). The ball was on both ends plenty of times. We had our chances, but we couldn’t pull the trigger.”

Actually, St. Patrick dominated in terms of time of possession and shots on goal. The Fighting Irish controlled the ball for 58 minutes and had 22 shots on goal to just 22 minutes and four shots on goal for the Green Wave.

Cathedral, the runner-up in Region 6-1A/2A/3A, finished with an overall record of 6-12-0. St. Patrick, the champion in Region 8-1A/2A/3A, will next play at St. Andrew’s in a South State second-round game on Saturday.

Our Lady Academy girls 14, Franklin County 0

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Our Lady Academy Crescents opened up defense of their back-to-back Class 1A/2A/3A girls’ state championship with a shutout win over the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs in a first-round game Tuesday night.

Lyndsey Lee scored three goals while Tiffany Jones and Sarah Rimmer added two goals apiece for Region 8-1A/2A/3A champion Our Lady Academy (16-3-3), which scored five goals in the first half and nine more in the second half.

Next up for Our Lady Academy is a road game at St. Andrew’s on Saturday. Franklin County, which was second behind Cathedral in Region 6-1A/2A/3A, had a final overall record of 12-7-0.

Pass Christian boys 4,

Franklin County 0

MEADVILLE — The first half of Tuesday night’s Class 1A/2A/3A South State first-round game between the Pass Christian Pirates and the Franklin County Bulldogs was a defensive struggled that ended in a 0-0 tie.

The second half was a completely different story. Pass Christian scored all four of its goals after halftime as the Pirates defeated the Bulldogs to advance to the second round.

Zack Robinson scored two goals for the Region 8-1A/2A/3A runner-up Pirates. Ian Story and Blake Newton had one goal each. Pass Christian (11-4-1) next hosts Sacred Heart on Saturday.

Despite having the home-field advantage and being the Region 6-1A/2A/3A champion, Franklin County was unable to keep the game close once Pass Christian took the lead early in the second half. The Bulldogs finished with a record of 15-5-1.