St. Joseph comes from behind to beat Cathedral

Published 1:59 am Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cathedral High School coach Chuck Darbonne’s home opener was one he’d probably like to forget.

After building a 20-10 first-half lead, St. Joseph-Madison scored the final 34 points to route the Green Wave 44-20.

Nick Louvier racked up 160 rush yards, and the Bruins defense forced three turnovers to spoil Darbonne’s home debut.

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“Give them a lot of credit,” Darbonne said. “They did a lot of good things. We had some effort problems by some people, and we had some cramping issues, and we’re going to correct that.”

The Green Wave also failed to catch the ball on a kickoff, resulting in another turnover.

Cathedral standout defensive end Will Wallace played just one half after missing the Green Wave’s season opener last week.

In his brief time on the field, the Tulane University commit made his presence known, recording two sacks, forcing a fumble and also hauling in a 22-yard touchdown pass on offense.

Louvier scored a 12-yard touchdown run three minutes into the second half to put his squad ahead. Approximately seven minutes later, Bruins (2-0) run ning back Alex Bellan put his squad up by double figures following a 20-yard scamper.

St. Joe added two more scores in the fourth, a 14-yard touchdown catch from Trey Frierson from Jack Garrard, and a Garrard 22-yard touchdown run.

After a strong 139 first-half yards, Cathedral failed to keep the momentum going in the second.

The Green Wave (1-1) failed to pick up a first down on two of its opening four possessions in the second. Cathedral quarterback Connor Mire also was sacked and fumbled inside his own 5 on the fifth possession of the half.

“It came down to conditioning,” Darbonne said. “Offensively, we didn’t have any kind of momentum, any kind of energy. Defensively, it was the same thing. If one thing was screwed up, it was screwed up for five to six plays in a row.”

First-half action was halted for approximately 30 minutes after Cathedral’s Daniel Garrity had to be taken off the field by an ambulance.

In the opening half, Mire tossed a pair of touchdown passes. A 22-yard connection to Craig Bradley opened the scoring with approximately four minutes left in the first quarter.

St. Joseph then scored the next 10 points.

Louvier bounced off a pair of tacklers to tally an 8-yard score and to give his team a 10-7 advantage early in the second quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Cathedral jumped back when Mire found Wallace down the sideline for a 22-yard strike. The Green Wave then expanded its lead to double figures, 20-10, after senior William Doss III intercepted a pass and scampered 20 yards the other way for a score.

A late first-half touchdown pass from Jack Garrard to Trey Frierson cut the Green Wave’s halftime lead to 20-17.

Bradley led the way for Cathedral, hauling in nine catches for 173 yards and a score. Running back Greg Moore tallied 44 yards on 15 carries, while Mire threw for 199 yards on 30 attempts.

St. Joseph outgained the Green Wave 339 yards to 227.

It won’t get any easier for Cathedral next week as they host MAIS power Jackson Prep.

“Hopefully we (do) a little soul-searching this weekend,” Darbonne said. “We’re going to have to play a near-perfect game to beat Jackson Prep; they’re very good.”