Cathedral shuts out Madison St. Joseph

Published 12:32 am Saturday, August 29, 2015

MADISON — A 35-0 victory might look appealing at first glance, but head coach Ron Rushing isn’t pleased with his team’s performance after beating Madison St. Joseph.

In what he called a “terrible first half,” Cathedral scored 28 points but failed to get any rhythm offensively with multiple penalties getting in the way.

“I was frustrated,” Rushing said. “If we play like that against Jackson Prep Friday, we will be losing 42-0 at halftime.”

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Though Rushing was critical of his offense, he said his starting quarterback Connor Mire looked excellent, completing 17-of-20 passes and totaling 312 yards in the victory.

“He’s had two great games in a row,” Rushing said. “Jardarius (Anderson) made some great catches too. Dee (Fleming) made some nice runs.”

Defensively, Cathedral put on another stellar performance, limiting Madison St. Joseph to only 12 total yards.

“They were trying to run the ball, and (James Allen) Coley had some good hits,” Rushing said. “Jardarius made some nice hits coming down too.”

Mire got things going early for Cathedral with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Craig Bradley in the first quarter. The Green Wave followed up the score with a one-yard Zach Flattman touchdown run to take a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Fleming scored the first of his two touchdowns on a four-yard rush. Anderson found the end zone later in the quarter, when Mire connected with him for a 13-yard touchdown pass, giving Cathedral a 28-0 lead after Nic Webb kicked the extra point.

Fleming scored in the third quarter on a 10-yard run before Rushing allowed his second string to get experience the rest of the way.

Mire passed for 228 yards and rushed for 87 in the victory, while Dee Fleming recorded 36 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards. Cathedral’s Greg Moore rushed the ball six times for 56 yards in the win, also.

Anderson led all players with nine receptions for 125 yards.

Following the win, (2-0) Cathedral will travel to play Jackson Prep Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff time.