Cathedral impresses in exhibitions

Published 12:03 am Saturday, August 15, 2015

NATCHEZ — Cathedral High School introduced itself to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools with a Dee Fleming truck stick followed by him accelerating into the end zone.

Before Fleming and the Green Wave defeated Copiah Academy 14-6, though, Cathedral fell to Madison-Ridgeland Academy 7-0 on a long pass play at the end of the scrimmage.

“It was fourth down with about 10 seconds, and they threw an out and up on the last play,” head coach Ron Rushing said. “We just read it wrong. It was a busted coverage.”

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Connor Mire started for the Green Wave in the scrimmage against MRA, and Rushing said he liked his junior’s presence in the pocket.

“We were moving the ball with him,” Rushing said. “Our first series against MRA, we moved it 60 yards down the field but turned it over on downs inside the 20-yard line.”

Against Copiah Academy, Fleming broke a tackle around the 30-yard line and raced past a couple of defenders for the first Green Wave score. Andrew Beesley played quarterback against Copiah Academy, and had a long touchdown pass to Jardarius Anderson for Cathedral’s second score.

“Andrew looked really good today,” Rushing said. “He ran the ball and threw a couple of good passes. We need to work on picking up the blitz better, though.”

Rushing said his team gave up another passing touchdown on a busted assignment against Copiah Academy.

“I thought we played great defensively minus those busted coverages,” Rushing said. “I was pleased with how we looked tonight.”