Cathedral Catholic Dons 49, Liberty Patriots 7
With the fifth week of play over, the Cathedral Catholic Dons continued their winning streak are now a perfect 5-0. The first quarter of play looked promising for the Liberty Patriots. Neither the Patriots nor the Dons were able to produce a score in the entire first quarter, although the Patriots had a long drive at the end of the quarter, intended in a missed field goal attempt.
To start the second quarter, Adam Eastwood received the handoff from Tate Haynes and ran the ball in for a 1 yard touchdown. This put the Dons up 7-0, and from here, the Don’s only continued to find offensive success. Shawn Poma’s masterful 52 yard touch down involved dodging several Patriot defenders for the second touchdown of the game, bringing the score to 14-0.
Alec Simas’ fumble recovery in the second quarter was a strong defensive play for the Dons that led to a 42 yard touch down pass from Tate Haynes to Jordan Genmark Heath. Now at 21-0, Adam Eastwood scored his second touchdown of the night by running the ball two yards.
At the end of the third quarter, the Patriots were able to capitalize on an offensive play of their own. After Levi Smith gained 66 yards for the Patriots, Stewart Sammy ran the ball two yards to score the only points for Liberty in the night. Now at 28-7, Adam Eastwood scored the next two touchdowns for the Dons and his fourth of the night.
With the clock running out, the Dons were able to capitalize on one final run, and the score ended at 49-7. For the Don’s, their undefeated record has survived another week. The Patriot’s record now moves to 3-2, and both teams as well as the fans are looking forward to the next week of play.
Week five has arrived and for the Cathedral Catholic Dons and the Liberty Patriots that means another non-conference match up. The game this week is happening at at 7:00 pm at the home of the 4-0 Dons where they will attempt to keep their perfect record in tact. The 3-1 Patriots are coming off a win against Buchanan High School in last week’s game, and only have one loss from Central where they were shut out 38-0.
The Dons are led by head coach Sean Doyle, and are ahead of the national average for receiving yards, rushing yards, total touch downs as well as tackles at this point in the season. Led by Senior quarterback Tate Haynes, the unstoppable Dons offense has averaged about 36 points per game and is aided by both senior Adam Eastwood (who has 30 touchdown points and 362 rushing yards) and sophomore Shawn Poma (with 132 rushing yards). On the defensive side, 6’3’’ senior Moroni Anae is leading the team with 27 tackles and 2 sacks. The team is expected to finish at the top of the San Diego Section in division one playoffs, and are living up to their expectations high expectations thus far.
Facing the Dons this week, the Patriots, led by head coach Bryan Nixon, are also off to a great start. Averaging about 20 points per game, the Liberty Patriots offense has not been firing as aggressively as the Dons’ offense, but senior quarterback Bryson Falconer and his 387 passing yards are certainly helping to keep the Patriots in the game. Sophomore Sam Stewart Jr. is leading the team with 24 touchdown points, and senior Zach Griffin holds an impressive 30 tackles in his first four games. Also expected to finish fairly high in the Central Section Division 1 playoffs, the match up between the Dons and the Patriots should make for an exciting game.