Cathedral welcomes Columbia Academy

Published 12:02 am Thursday, October 22, 2015

NATCHEZ — With a potential district championship on the line, the Cathedral Green Wave’s game against Columbia Academy couldn’t be much bigger.

Columbia Academy has given some of the better teams in MAIS AAA a run for their money, and Green Wave head coach Ron Rushing has taken notice.

Rushing said it will be one of the most complex matchups of the season because of what the Cougars can do.

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“They are really good and fundamental offensively,” Rushing said. “Coach (Larry) Dolan does a great job offensively and they run 30-plus formations. They are also good at answering what you try to do to them.”

The Green Wave will look to fall back on an offense, though, that is averaging more than 30 points a game and returns star athlete Dee Fleming, who sat out the team’s previous contest against Centreville due to injury.

“(Dee) looks good cutting and watching him move around.” Rushing said. “He’s going to give us a boost and having him on the field will be a better atmosphere.”

The Green Wave will also be hoping for a rebound performance from quarterback Connor Mire, who completed just seven of his 20 passes against Centreville for 82 yards and a touchdown.

“Connor has done well and has thrown well all season,” Rushing said. “He’s the guy to do the job and we’ve talked a little more as far as his reads go and getting the ball out quicker.”

As for Columbia, the Cougars have a potent rushing attack, but aren’t a one-dimensional team.

“We’ve got to stop the run because they are a Wing-T type team running the buck sweep and belly plays,” Rushing said. “But they do throw the ball well, too. They have a 6-foot-6 tight end they like getting the ball to as well.”

Rushing said another important facet of the game this week will be sustaining drives, something that hampered Cathedral last week.

“Last week we would have drives of five or six plays and then a bad play that just killed everything,” Rushing said. “We have to step up and sustain drives.”

The Green Wave and Cougars are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.