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|Cathedral upends ACCS|
The Big Green Machine is back.
Cathedral High scored 28 points in the first quarter on its way to a 42-13 win over Adams County Christian School in the season-opener for both teams at D'Evereaux Stadium Friday.
"It was a good win," said Cathedral coach Ron Rushing. "The guys played well."
Cathedral wasted little time getting on the board as Ishmael Blackmon returned the opening kickoff 91 yards to playdirt.
Dale Matheny added the first of six extra point kicks.
The Green Wave added three more scores in the opening period as Kyle Bradley caught a 16-yard pass from Thomas Garrity with 7:35 remaining in the first half.
Garrity completed TD passes of 37 and 19 yards to Parker Rymer to put the Green Wave up by four touchdowns.
AC got on the board in the second period as Trey Fleming passed 13 yards to Lester Wells.
Wade Simpson added the conversion kick.
Garrity passed for his four TD midway in the second quarter, hooking up with Khalil Brice on a 73-yard score.
"We knew Thomas could do what he did," Rushing said. "He puts the ball on the money. We expect him to perform like that."
Wells added a 1-yard run in the third period for AC, while Blackmon scored on a 65-yard run to close out the scoring.
Garrity ended up with 221 passing yards, while Fleming rushed for 110 yards.
"We just have to go back and learn from this," said AC coach David King. "Cathedral has a fine ball club."
King lost senior wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Buckles, who injured his neck in the game and was sent to Jackson.
Buckles fractured the C4 and C5 vertebrae early in the game, but kept playing until he went to the sidelines later.
Buckles will be wearing a neck brace for the next six weeks.
"I hate that for Tyler because he worked so hard during the offseason," King said.
AC was already thin at defensive back because of two starters leaving the team during two-a-days.
"We'll have to see what we have in practice and go from there," King said.
King also lost Cage Dill to a concussion. He will be out for the season.
"We are having to move Zach Pintard in there to take Cage's place," King said.
For Cathedral, Colby Horton suffered a broken leg on the sidelines when a player rolled up on his leg.
ACCS hosts Hillcrest Friday.
"Hillcrest is not one of your bigger 3A schools, but they have some good players," King said. "This year is going to be the type of year where we are going to have to be ready to play every week. We expected it to take some time, but our guys don't give up and they play hard. That's all I can ask each week."
Cathedral has a week off before visiting Loyd Star.
"We'll get into the film room and try to correct some of our mistakes," Rushing said. "We played well, but there are still a ton of mistakes we need to correct."
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