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Cathedral High came up one game short of playing for its second state championship in football as the Green Wave fell to Noxapater 54-39 in Noxapater Friday in a battle for South A State.
"We thought we had a shot," said Cathedral head coach Ron Rushing, whose team finished 12-2 on the season. "The kids battled until the end and had a chance near the end. But it was still an awesome season. We didn't reach our goal, but we broke a lot of records."
Cathedral finished the season ranked No. 4,255 in the entire nation including all classes by MaXpreps.
The Green Wave ranked No. 99 among all teams in the state and second in Class A behind Noxapater.
Senior quarterback Caleb Upton passed for the second-most yards in the state. He had 4,072 going into Friday's game.
Amory's Forest Williams has passed for 4,916.
Senior Daniel Huffines finished ranked seventh among state receivers before Friday's game with 65 catches for 1,174 yards.
Tyler Flemming also ranked among receivers.
"This was an exciting team to watch and they were fun to coach," Rushing said. "A couple of years ago when I first got here we had to call the perfect play to get six or seven yards. This year every play could have scored a touchdown. This team was behind but came back several times. They fought to the very end."
Cathedral opened the game with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Upton to Kyle Bradley, but Noxapater answered with a 34-yard touchdown run by Ethan Hamilton.
Hamilton finished the game with 198 rushing yards, but he was not even the leading rusher for the Tigers, who were led by Trey Baber with 221 yards.
Ishmael Blackmon returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for the score, but the point-after kick was no good, laving the Green Wave with a 13-7 lead.
Noxapater led 21-19 after the first period and 35-25 at halftime.
The Tigers outscored Cathedral 12-6 in the third period
Cathedral trailed 47-31 going into the fourth quarter, but a 14-yard touchdown reception by Tyler Flemming cut the Tiger lead to 47-37. Jadarius Ealey ran in the conversion to pull the Green Wave within eight with 6:21 remaining.
Baber sealed the win with a 6-yard run with 3:11 remaining.
"We lose a whole lot of offensive firepower, but we have four juniors coming back who started and 17 sophomores align with a big group of ninth-graders and eighth-graders," Rushing said. "They've tasted it and they have that winning mentality now, which makes a big difference."
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