Say this, Cathedral Catholic looks good in gray. The reigning Open Division champions busted all out new gray threads for their 2019 season opener at home Friday night against La Costa Canyon.
As the sartorial theory goes, look sharp, play sharp. The No. 1-ranked Dons looked fantastic and played that way, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions and rolling to a 42-9 defeat of 8th-ranked La Costa Canyon.
For pregame warmups, the Dons wore gray pants with their traditional red jerseys. When they went into the locker room minutes before the game, laid out for the players were matching gray jerseys.
“We didn’t know (about the jerseys),” said offensive lineman Holden Brosnan. “It was a huge shock and a blessing.”
“The kids have been begging me for about 10 years for gray,” said head coach Sean Doyle. “I kept saying no. They caught me at a weak moment and I put the order in.”
Cathedral, which lost the Div. 1-AA state championship game last season, did damage by land and air. Senior Zavien Watson carried 18 times for 139 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 47-yarder.
Junior Christian Hall took a handoff off tackle, hit the sideline, busted a cutback move and darted 64 yards for a TD.
Quarterback DJ Ralph completed his first six passes for 90 yards. He finished 7 of 10 for 123 yards.
Cathedral opened last season with a 19-7 loss at La Costa Canyon. It was the Dons’ only loss to a San Diego Section team.
“We were definitely a little bitter,” said Brosnan. “We felt motivated to start the season playing Cathedral Catholic football. Ground and pound.”
LCC all-section linebacker Ozzie Nicholas was ejected from the game early in the second quarter.
“Unsportsmanlike conduct and an ejection,” said LCC coach Sean Sovacool. “I’ll have to look at the tape to get a better understanding.”
La Costa Canyon 3 0 0 6 – 9
Cathedral Catholic 7 21 14 0 – 42
CC – Ralph 1 run (Wahl kick)
LCC – FG Bowman 37
CC – Watson 2 run (Wahl kick)
CC – Watson 1 run (Wahl kick)
CC – Hall 64 run (Wahl kick)
CC – Watson 47 run (Wahl kick)
CC – Sutton 3 run (Hawkins kick)
LCC – Lucian 5 pass from Dzulynsky (kick failed)
Norcross is a freelance writer.
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