Youth Green Wave undefeated

Published 12:14 am Tuesday, October 2, 2018


The Natchez Democrat

NATCHEZ — The Cathedral School youth football team is one win away from an undefeated season.

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After a big 26-20 win against Adams County Christian School on Thursday night, the Green Wave looks to finish their season with a win as they travel to Riverfield Academy on Thursday.

The Green Wave is currently 6-0 and Head Coach Chuck Darbonne attributes the teams’ success to their work ethic at practice, and high competition level among themselves.

“The starters understand that there are guys behind them just as talented and ready to step in and play if they mess up,” Darbonne said.

Cathedral practices consist of seventh and eighth-graders, and then toward the end of the practice ninth graders join in for about 45 minutes.

“The guys hate to give up yardage against the older ninth graders,” Darbonne said.  “I wasn’t surprised, with such great competition within our own 41 players,” Darbonne said. “I knew we could have success. Our confidence grows every week, but it’s important that we do not get the big head, or start to think we’re too good.”

Tyler Gregg is among a host of talented players for Cathedral, Darbonne said.

Gregg is a 5-feet, 10-inch-tall-215-pound player who shines on both sides of the ball for the Green Wave, Darbonne said.

In addition, Mason Moore is a skillful wide receiver that has been a consistent touchdown threat throughout the season Darbonne said.

Contrary to some high schools, seventh-through-ninth-grade students have the opportunity to play in the youth league.

Ninth graders also are able to dress out for varsity games and seventh graders are the lowest level in the league, but that doesn’t keep Cameron Tanner from playing well when given the opportunity.

“Tanner is a seventh-grade running back and linebacker who has proven success against other teams back up and players his own age,” Darbonne said. “Cameron dominates his younger counterparts, is talented, but still has a little bit to learn.”