It was a packed house at Billy Warren Field as Catholic downed Boyd Buchanan, 30-18, Monday.
The Boyd Buchanan Buccaneers and the Catholic Rams both entered the game undefeated in conference play. Catholic got on the scoreboard first as Dallas Brown scampered for a 24 yard touchdown. The conversion attempt failed and Catholic led 6-0. The next score came courtesy of Reeve Mullinax, and the Rams pulled to 12-0 as the first quarter came to a close.
Toward the beginning of the second quarter Catholic’s Dilon Farmer blocked a Boyd punt and the Rams recovered on the 11 yard line. On the very next play Brown scored for Catholic, moving the score to 18-0. Linemen Landon Cooling, Tucker Berry and Ben Bambrey paved the way. The Rams lead stretched to 24-0 when Brown scored his third touchdown of the half on a 86 yard run. The Bucs scored with 1:46 to play in the half when Preston Edmonson hauled in a pass from quarterback Griffin Broome. The score at the midway point stood 24-6 Catholic.
During the third quarter Catholic fumbled on its own 8 yard line. The Bucs quickly capitalized when Harrison Van Eaton scored, moving the score to 24-12. However, he Rams were able to stretch the lead moments later when Brown scored on a 98 yard run, picking up a key block from Brendan Greene. The last score of the evening came in the closing minutes when Boyd’s Edmonson put a touchdown on the board, leaving a final score of Catholic 30, Boyd Buchanan 18. Catholic’s Dallas Brown had an incredible afternoon, garnering 362 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. The Catholic defense was led by Mullinax, Brown, Greene, Farmer, Maverick Tucker and Eric Lindsey.
“Year in and year out Boyd is one of the top middle school teams in the area,” said Catholic Coach Billy Dearing. “To not only compete with them, but to pull out a victory, speaks volumes about the effort the boys put forth today.”
Coach Bucky Dearing quipped “Boyd has a top notch program — the players should be very proud of this victory. That was a great team effort and a gritty performance.”
Catholic’s next opponent is Sale Creek, while Boyd takes on Lookout Valley.
_ Story and Photos by L. Scott