Cathedral was the first team all season to hold La Salle’s Amon Milliner out of the end zone. The Phantoms (7-0, 2-0) also held Milliner to 97 yards under his per-game average. And despite more than 20 penalties, including seven on the first offensive drive of the game, Cathedral shut out La Salle, 17-0, Friday […]
Cathedral was the first team all season to hold La Salle’s Amon Milliner out of the end zone.
The Phantoms (7-0, 2-0) also held Milliner to 97 yards under his per-game average.
And despite more than 20 penalties, including seven on the first offensive drive of the game, Cathedral shut out La Salle, 17-0, Friday night in an Angelus League contest.
Milliner ran hard and got 118 yards on 27 carries, despite Cathedral stacking the box throughout.
“We game-planned very well defensively and were very stingy,”La Salle coach Russell Gordon said. “We made them do things they don’t like to do. Offensively, we couldn’t find a rhythm. We’ll take some momentum from this game and learn from our mistakes.”
La Salle (4-3, 0-2) got an outstanding effort from its defense.
The Phantoms’s two scores came off La Salle turnovers deep in the Lancers’ territory.
In the second quarter, and with no score, the Lancers defense held a prolific offense and the Phantoms punted.
La Salle’s Tommy Radle waved off his teammates so the loose ball didn’t hit them.
Ironically, he took a shot at it, and Cathedral recovered the ball.
Shortly thereafter, Jamire Calvin turned that into points when he caught a 15-yard TD strike from Bryce Young.
Jose Nunez extended the lead to 10-0 when he kicked a 34-yard field goal with 5 minutes to play in the game.
To put the final nail in the Lancers’ coffin, the Phantoms picked off quarterback Jake Caan, and Young, again, made La Salle pay.
This time, he hit Izaiah Adams on a 15-yard score with 3:28 to play.
“We executed, and fought through all those penalties,” Cathedral coach Kevin Pearson said. “Seemed like every time we had a big play, it was called back. He (Milliner) is the key. He is a phenomenal player. He’s dynamite. He’s electric. We focused on him, loaded the box and made sure he was accounted for.”
Myles Cecil had two sacks and was in the Phantoms backfield all game long before he left with an injury.
Harrison MacDonald made a huge impact on defense, as the Lancers senior had two sacks and recovered a fumble.
Ryan Sparks and Rjay Wagner also had sacks of Cathedral’s two quarterback of Andrew Tovar and Bryce Young.
The Phantoms dumped the ball six times in the first half, and the Lancers were not able to recover any of them.
Calvin caught 9 passes for 105 yards and the 15-yard TD.
“We just tried to stop Amon on every play.Most plays are directed to him and their passing wasn’t really in effect,” Calvin said. “It was big (two La Salle turnovers), because there were a lot of penalties and we couldn’t really get going. The turnovers turned into touchdowns.”
Caan finished 6 of 10 for 70 yards and was picked once.
The Lancers lost the field possession battle all game and struggled on special teams, especially with their punting.
La Salle: 0-0-0-0-(0)
C: Jamire Calvin 15 pass from Bryce Young (Jose Nunez kick)
C: Jose Nunez 34 FG
C: Izaiah Adams 15 pass from Bryce Young (Jose Nunez kick)