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Irish Lose Holy Cross Showdown

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Cathedral lost to Ohio powerhouse Lakewood St. Edward, 38-10, Saturday afternoon in high school football at Arsenal Tech.  The Irish led 10-9 at the half before the nationally-ranked Eagles took control of the game by scoring 22 unanswered points in the third quarter.  It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools founded by the Brothers of Holy Cross.

On the first play of the second quarter, Cathedral sophomore quarterback Roman Purcell threw a five-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Derrick Hall, giving the Irish a 7-0 lead.  On the next Cathedral possession, St. Edward sacked Purcell in the end zone for a safety.  The Eagles returned the ensuing free kick 52 yards to the Irish 26 yard-line.  Quarterback Zach Kincaid threw a scoring pass to Tylan Rice on the next play to put St. Edward ahead 9-7.

Senior Tyler Sylvia’s 27-yard field goal with four minutes remaining in the first half returned Cathedral to the lead 10-7.  St. Edward jumped ahead 31-10 when it scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions in the third quarter.  Two of the scores came after Irish interceptions.  The Eagles added a fourth-quarter touchdown for the final margin.

Junior running back Chon’Dre Cissell led the Cathedral offense with 150 rushing yards on 18 attempts.  St. Edward limited the Irish to just 48 passing yards, making it the fourth consecutive game that Cathedral has passed for less than 100 yards.

The Fighting Irish fall to 3-5 on the season, while Lakewood St. Edward improves its record to 7-0.  Cathedral concludes the regular season next Friday against Center Grove at Arsenal Tech High School.  The Trojans are 4-4 following a 16-0 home victory over Lawrence North Friday.  Center Grove has defeated the Irish each of the last three seasons with every game decided by a touchdown or less.

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