Game of the Week: Cathedral Catholic 9, Helix 7
One touchdown on offense against the #1 team in the county? For the Cathedral Catholic Dons, that proved to be just enough.
Clayton Dale’s 17-yd touchdown pass to Kai Walter in the second quarter was all the offense Cathedral (3-1) would need, as the Dons rode two huge 4th-quarter plays by linebacker Tyson Maeva to a 9-7 win over the previously undefeated Helix Highlanders (2-1).
The Dons opened the game with a 7-minute drive that netted them a 19-yard Tim Semenza field goal and a 3-0 lead, but like Helix so often does, their response came quickly. A long Nathan Stinson kickoff return set the Scotties up with great field position, and after a Stinson 36-yd run down the right sideline, the bruising Jihad Woods punched it in from 3 yards out to give Helix the 7-3 lead.
Two Currie Thomason fourth-down conversions kept the Dons’ next drive alive to open the second quarter, allowing Dale to find a wide open Walter to help reclaim the lead for Cathedral. After a missed PAT, the score stood at 9-7 in favor of the home team.
There would be no more scoring in this one, but there would be plenty of defense.
After a fast-moving third quarter that saw the teams exchange punts, a promising Dons drive ended early on in the fourth quarter as an Adam Eastwood fumble found a new home in the arms of Helix’s Woods. The joy of the turnover would be short live, however, as Scotties quarterback Michael Austin would throw a pick to Tyson Maeva on the very next play. Luckily for Austin and Helix, the turnover would result in no points.
Helix would try and take the lead on a long 47-yd field goal attempt by Matthias Layton, but Maeva had other plans, as his block of the field goal would turn the ball over on downs to the Dons. And after Adam Eastwood converted a fourth and short inside Helix territory, all that was left to do was to start the celebration for Cathedral Catholic. The victory over Helix was the first since the two schools started playing one another in 2009.
Cathedral hits the road next Friday to take on undefeated Newbury Park, while Helix looks to rebound from their first loss of the year as they host Ramona.