Trojans fall to rival Cathedral for first loss of the season

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Trojans fall to rival Cathedral for first loss of the season

P. Felts, Sports Editor

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After defeating the rival Cathedral Irish 17-14 in the 2018 season, the first victory since 2012, the Trojans fell against the Irish in the 2019 installment of the annual matchup by a score of 31-21. 

The Trojans entered the contest undefeated at 3-0, while the Irish entered 2-1. The Cathedral victory sets their records even at 3-1. 

It was a tale of two halves on Friday night. The first half was dominated by defense, and while scoring was limited, big plays were not. The Irish scored a field goal on the game’s opening possession. On the ensuing Irish possession, the Trojans blocked field goal attempt, setting the offense up for a big drive. That drive was capped off by a trick play, when senior wide receiver Andrew Sowinski and senior quarterback Kyle Cheek switched roles, with Sowinski throwing a touchdown pass to Cheek to put the Trojans up 7-3 early in the second quarter. Both defenses held steady the rest of the half, allowing no more points. Chatard held a 7-3 heading into halftime.

Things immediately took a turn for the worse in the second half for the Trojans. After receiving the second half kickoff, the Trojans fumbled on their first play from scrimmage, and the Irish recovered, setting up a 24 yard touchdown run on the next play. The good luck didn’t stop there for the Irish. The Irish elected for an onside kick following the touchdown, recovering it, and scoring a touchdown on that possession, turing the score from 7-3 in favor of the Trojans to 17-7 for the Irish in a matter of minutes. 

But the Trojans answered right back. On their next two possessions, the Trojans scored touchdowns thanks to a one yard rush by Cheek and a touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Thomas Coleman. Just like that, the Trojans lead 21-17 early in the fourth quarter. 

And then the luck of the Irish came in full force. Following Coleman’s touchdown, Cathedral junior wide receiver Camden Jordan scored an 88 yard touchdown to put the Irish back on top 24-21. An Irish interception on the next Trojan drive set up a long touchdown run by Irish senior quarterback Orin Edwards, extending the Irish lead for good at 31-21. The Trojans made one final effort at the end, but a pass by Cheek was intercepted by Cathedral senior defensive back Danny Brady, putting the final nail in the coffin. 

Despite a heartbreaking loss to a rival, the season will continue for the Trojans, as they will play host to the Southport Cardinals on homecoming Sept. 20. The Trojans won on the road against Southport last season, 45-26.