Irish Turn TOs Into TDs, Defeat Tech 42-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Kelly   
Saturday, 06 October 2012 01:55

Cathedral capitalized on four turnovers in the first half by Arsenal Tech and raced out to a commanding lead on the way to a 42-14 victory on Wally Potter Field at in the Howard Long Shore Stadium on Friday night.

The host Titans looked to seize control of the game on their first possession when Cathedral senior Conner Lenahan intercepted his second pass of the season with 9:08 remaining to play in the first quarter. It set up the first scoring drive of the game, culminating when senior quarterback Connor Rice rambled 11 yards for a touchdown with 9:08 remaining in the first quarter. Cathedral led 7-0 after the extra point kick by Joe Schopper.

Rice's TD was his third of the season as the Irish scoring drive went 41 yards in 2:10.

Senior Spencer Wilson saved a touchdown by Arsenal Tech when he tackled Deondra Williamson after a 72-yard return on the ensuing kickoff. Two play later senior linebacker Jack Stephens recovered a fumble that led to a 64-yard touchdown gallop by senior Gino Gillum to give Cathedral a 14-0 lead with 5;30 left to play in the first quarter.

Four plays later, Arsenal Tech fumbled again  and John White registered his first fumble recovery of the season with 3:43 remaining. The big play in this drive was a 39-yard run by Gillum, who surpassed the 100-yard mark on just his fourth carry of the game. Gillum scored on the next play when he hauled in a screen pass from Rice and ran in from 13 yards. It was the 13th passing touchdown for Rice this season and the first TD reception for Gillum.

It took only three plays for Rice to score on a quarterback run on the Cathedral's next possession as it took a 28-0 lead with 10:43 left to play in the first half and the route was on for the Irish.

Cathedral added two more touchdowns in the first half and Arsenal Tech scored twice in the second half as both teams head into the final week of the regular season.

"We wanted them to come out with focus tonight and they did just that," Cathedral head football coach Rick Strife said.

The Irish compiled 286 yards on offense while the Titans had 209. Gillum finished the game with 112 yards on eight carries, and junior tight end Zack Saum had two catches for 16 yards and his first touchdown reception.


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