The defending Division 1-AA state champions, the Cathedral Catholic Dons, proved tonight that they are still a force to be reckoned with. The Dons achieved their first win of the season on home turf, defeating the Westview Wolverines by a score of 48-6.
The Cathedral offense certainly was not selfish tonight, as six different Dons had at least one touchdown on the night.
Quarterback Kai Brown had an excellent performance, taking it to the house himself twice in the first half. Brown put the Dons on the scoreboard early in the first quarter with a 26-yard touchdown run, and would run it into the end zone again in the second quarter to make the score 14-0 Cathedral. Next up to hit pay-dirt would be running back Ryan Kilpatrick, who made a 5-yard touchdown run, followed by running back Shawn Poma, who ran the ball 37 yards for a touchdown. That would make the score 28-0 Dons.
Westview had some shining moments, but the Dons defense was ruthless and shut the Wolverines down on both running and passing plays. Westview quarterback Beau Nelson showed grit to dodge tackles and avoid sacks all night long, but there was simply no one to pass to. What made things worse for the Wolverines was the rain that began to fall in the third quarter. Nelson threw some excellent passes, but the rain made the football slippery, and the Westview receivers could not hold on to it.
In the third quarter, Cathedral cornerback Colin Myers recovered a Westview fumble and ran it 20 yards for a touchdown, making the score 35-0 Dons. Westview responded with their first and only touchdown of the night: a 10-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to Connor Simpson to make the score 35-6 Cathedral. The Dons would go on to score two more touchdowns, and seal the deal in front of their fans.
After tonight’s game, the Wolverines’ record is 2-1, as this was their first loss of the season. Meanwhile the Dons are now 1-2. The Dons’ two losses to start the season came at the hands of two teams ranked in the state, and, if tonight was any indication, may have prepared them better to take on San Diego opponents.
The Dons will now look to keep the momentum rolling as they take on Helix next week, while the Wolverines will look to bounce back against Del Norte at home next Friday. Tune in to PPR on KUSI every Friday night at 10:30pm to keep up with all the best highlights and recaps.
PREVIEW: The Cathedral Catholic Dons will be hosting the Westview Wolverines this Friday at 7pm for Week 3 of the 2017 football season. Although a non-conference game, this should be an interesting matchup that will determine whether the Dons can pull off their first win of the season, or if the Wolverines can extend their perfect record.
The Dons, who went 15-0 last season and were named the 2016 Division 1-AA state champions, have had a less than perfect start to their 2017 season. They lost 22-12 to Loomis Del Oro in their season opener, and were defeated by a score of 37-0 last Friday against Orange Lutheran. Cathedral had not previously been shut out since back in 2010, when they lost 10-0 to Torrey Pines.
But it’s important to keep in mind that Cathedral has played two very tough opponents; Orange Lutheran is ranked No. 6 in California while Loomis Del Oro is ranked No. 37 in the state according to MaxPreps. Long-time head coach Sean Doyle has been known to schedule games against difficult teams early in the season to prepare the team for post-season play. “We don’t shy away from good teams. We want to learn and go forward. We’ll be there at the end. That’s the goal. That’s what we’ve always done,” said Coach Doyle.
The Wolverines are 2-0 so far this season, both shutouts. Westview dominated Fallbrook 41-0 in their season opener, and beat Rancho Buena Vista 28-0 last week.
The Wolverines are led by second-year coach Kyle Williams, who has made it a priority to have a better start to the 2017 season than last year. After winning the season opener in 2016, the Wolverines experienced seven straight losses before they pulled off some wins. Coach Williams explained: “Last year we were a new staff, and we got started late with the players. We did well at the end of last season, but having an off-season with the kids this year, and being able to form a relationship with the players and the coaches, has made a huge difference. We are executing at a much higher level.”
The last time Cathedral and Westview played each other on September 9, 2016, the Dons beat the Wolverines 34-0 at Westview. Looking ahead at how to approach Cathedral this time, Coach Williams said, “They’re certainly a good football team. We’re feeling a lot better about ourselves going into this one 2-0, than we were last year going in 1-1. Our kids are excited for the big game match-up. I know Cathedral is too.” Meanwhile the Dons will look to utilize their home field advantage, with a hunger to get the first win of the season in front of their fans.
For Cathedral, junior running back Shawn Poma will be a player to watch for. Last season he rushed for 1,338 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he will look to provide momentum for the Dons’ offense on Friday. For Westview, keep your eye out for senior Kquamei Wolford, who plays both linebacker and slot receiver and has made an impact on both sides of the ball so far this season.
Kickoff is set for 7pm, and it’s a matchup you won’t want to miss. “So far [Cathedral] has played the big dogs, and now it’s our turn to play the big dog Cathedral and see how we do,” said Coach Williams.
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