Week in Sports: Cathedral football team wins fifth title
By Gideon Rubin
Cathedral Catholic won its fifth consecutive San Diego Section Division III title in dominant fashion, as the Dons trounced Olympian 41-0 in the Dec. 5 championship game at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Dons extended their winning streak to 10 games, a run that started after they experienced a 48-14 Week 3 loss to Helix on Sept. 16, their most lopsided loss in more than six seasons.
They improved their overall record to 11-1 and have a chance to play for a state championship.
The Dons won’t know if they’ve been selected to the Dec. 15-16 state bowl at Home Depot Center in Carson until early next week.
They’re not a team anybody in their right mind would want to face right now.
Since the Helix game, the Dons have outscored their opponents by a stunning 323-22, allowing just two touchdowns over that stretch.
It was more of the same in the title game.
Quarterback Garrett Bogart had a career game, completing 10 of 15 pass attempts for 263 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Brian Heinz caught four passes — all for touchdowns — for 123 yards, and Andrew Pascale had two receptions for 108 yards with one touchdown grab.
J.J. Stavola led the Dons’ ground game, rushing for 84 yards on 19 carries.
Brady Aiken was two for two passing for the Dons for 18 yards and one touchdown.
The Dons took a 7-0 lead early in the game on Bogart’s 26-yard scoring pass to Heinz. Bogart completed a 76-yard touchdown pass to Heinz in the second quarter that made it 13-0, and Parker Price returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown to give the Dons a 20-0 lead going into the intermission.
Cathedral Catholic advanced to the championship game after a 24-0 semifinal victory over Point Loma on Dec. 1.
Bogart was 14 for 26 passing for 233 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Stavola rushed for 99 yards on 24 carries and had one touchdown reception.
Pascale caught four passes for 100 yards with one touchdown, and Heinz had two catches for 38 yards with one touchdown.
Jake Terzoli and Russell Reeder each had eight tackles to lead the Dons defensively.
Santa Fe Christian extended its winning streak to 11 games as the Eagles gathered some more momentum going into the San Diego Section Division V finals with a 42-6 shellacking of Bishop’s in a Dec. 2 semifinal at Carlsbad High.
The Eagles will play Christian in the championship game on Dec. 9 at Mesa College at 7 p.m.
Grant Lucier and Connor Moore combined for six touchdowns to lead an Eagles offense that rolled up 359 total yards.
Lucier rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries.
Moore rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries, and completed five of nine pass attempts for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
Lucier also caught two passes for 47 yards and one touchdown.
Hunter Vaccaro had eight tackles and Darrian Borboa added six tackles to lead a dominant defense, with 14 Eagles players contributing at least one tackle.
Lucier helped set the tone early, scoring on runs from 3 and the 43 to give the Eagles an early 14-0 lead.
Moore’s scoring run from the 2 in the second quarter gave the Eagles a 21-0 lead going into the intermission.
Then the Eagles broke it open in the third quarter when Moore completed a 27-yard scoring pass to Lucier that made it 28-0.
Cathedral Catholic won its third state title in four years as the Dons outlasted Albany (near Berkeley) 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 31-29, 16-14) in the Division III title game on Dec. 3 at Concordia University in Irvine.
Tatiana Durr had 18 kills to lead the Dons and Kamila Tan and Krissy Witous each added 14 kills.
Lauren Miller had 30 assists and Jaclyn Williamson added 22 assists.
The Dons sailed past Chadwick of Palos Verdes 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-13) in a Nov. 29 semifinal.
Morgan Cormier had 10 kills to lead the Dons, and Tan and Witous each added eight kills.
Miller led the Dons with 18 assists, and Williamson added seven assists.
The Dons conclude the season with a 35-4 overall record.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Canyon Crest Academy 70-55 in a nonleague game on Dec. 3.
Brandon Michel scored 22 points and had five steals to lead the Dons, and Xavier Williams added 19 points and nine rebounds.
J.P. Chenevey scored 17 points to lead the Ravens, and Akira Tachiwana added 11 points.
The Dons improved their overall record to 2-0. The Ravens fell to 1-1.
Torrey Pines defeated Hilltop 67-42 in a Hilltop tournament game on Dec. 3.
Garrett Galvin scored 26 points to lead the Falcons, and Joe Rahon added 13 points.
The Falcons improved to 2-0 overall.