Week 3 North County Game of the Week: Cathedral Catholic Dons 44, Centennial Huskies 41
The No. 5 ranked team in California, the Cathedral Catholic Dons, stunned San Diego once again, knocking off nationally-ranked Corona Centennial, 44-41.
After coming off an upset win against the Saguaro Sabercats, out of Arizona, the week before, the Dons new they had to carry that momentum and confidence into defeating the No. 6 team in the nation.
The first half of the game consisted of back and fourth touchdowns by both teams, keeping the game within one touchdown at all times. Halftime speeches by both coaches must have really sunk in with the players on both sides of the field because once that second half started, the game became a little more interesting.
The Huskies came out and got on the board right off the bat in the third quarter, but the Dons wasted no time answering right back.
Christian Hall showed his speed off of the kick return, 75 yards to be exact. Hall found his way into the end zone to take the lead back, 34-28.
The Huskies barked right back as Nicolas Floyd got Centennial another touchdown and the 35-34 lead. The Dons end up getting a 37-yard field goal to take the lead back at 37-35.
Just when most of the fans in the stands thought the Dons had this game in the bag with less than four minutes left to play, Corona Centennial made the game a little more interesting by tacking on a 37-yard touchdown by Floyd once again.
However, the Huskies need to remember who they are playing and know not to sleep on the Dons.
D.J. Ralph did his thing and connected with Simon Hall for a 45 yard gain and Mr. Ralph took the leadership role and got the job done with a 1-yard touchdown to seal the deal and just like that the Cathedral Catholic Dons shut down the nationally-ranked Corona Centennial Huskies.
The Cathedral Catholic Dons will play yet another tough game when they travel out east to take on the Helix Highlanders.
The North County Game of the Week takes us out to Cathedral Catholic as the Dons host the Centennial Huskies in Week 3 of the Prep Pigskin Report.
The Dons are currently ranked No. 1 in San Diego, according to the PPR Top 9 and MaxPreps, along with being nationally ranked at No. 19 by MaxPreps, while the Centennial Huskies are also nationally ranked, coming in at No. 6.
This is the first time these two teams will face off and this game will most likely be the hardest team the Cathedral Catholic Dons will face all season long.
Both teams have made plenty of state championship appearances. In 2008, both the Dons and the Huskies won their division state titles. Cathedral Catholic defeated St. Mary’s out of Stockton in Division II, while Centennial took home the Division I title over De La Salle.
Since 2008, Centennial has made it back to the Division I state championship in 2010 but lost to Palo Alto. After that loss, the Huskies jumped up to the Open Division and made it to the state championship in 2012, ’14 and ’15, losing each time to De La Salle.
In 2016, Cathedral Catholic made another state championship appearance, this time in Division I beating St. Mary’s again. Later in 2018, the Dons back in familiar territory but this time losing to Folsom.
The Dons look to be back in the state championship this year and are off to a great start, winning their first two games of the season, beating La Costa Canyon in Week 1, and coming off an upset win over the Saguaro Sabercats, out of Arizona, the 6-time defending Arizona state champions, to be exact.
Head coach Sean Doyle is in his 24th season at Cathedral Catholic.
2018 Silver Pigskin Finalist Shawn Poma just went off to college, so Zavien Watson has replaced the starting running back.
Quarterback D.J. Ralph should be well protected with a veteran offensive line.
Defensively, Cathedral Catholic will have a strong and physical front seven, led by linebacker Jordan Allen.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Friday night at Manchester Stadium. Make sure to catch the highlights of this game and 27 other games on the Prep Pigskin Report starting at 10:45 p.m. on the PPR 1st and 15 and follow us on @RedJacketArmy.