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11.11.11 by Jeff Kurtz

The Cathedral Dons forced six turnovers against the St. Augustine Saints and kept the vaunted Saints' offense out of the red zone for the entire game, winning the annual Holy Bowl showdown 17-3 and capturing the Eastern League title.

As usual in this matchup, it was a tightly contested game.  The first quarter was scoreless.  In the second, St. Augustine began to move the ball and was able to maneuver into field goal range.  Saints' kicker Seamus McMorrow connected from 38 yards away to give St. Augustine an early 3-0 lead.

The Cathedral offense began to get going toward the end of the second quarter.  After generating just three first downs the entire half, the Dons doubled their total on a late drive and connected on a 30-yard field goal from Christian Fanning to tie the score late in the first half.

Duplicating the first quarter, the third quarter was also scoreless.  Both defenses continued to impress.  Even more significantly, Cathedral's defense continued to pressure St. Augustine's passing game.  For the evening, Cathedral sacked St. Augustine quarterback Seamus McMorrow four times and intercepted him five times, including two from KBCsports.com Player of the Game, Russell Reeder.

The Dons used one of those interceptions to set up their first touchdown.  Midway through the 4th quarter, Patrick Downing picked off a pass.  After an illegal-use-of-the-hands penalty on the return, Cathedral started off at St. Augustine's 32-yard line.  A few plays later, sophomore Xavier Ulutu punched one in from two yards away to give Cathedral a 10-3 lead.

St. Augustine mounted one final drive late in the 4th in an attempt to tie the game.  The Saints took the ball down to the Dons' 25-yard line, but Kennedy threw his fifth interception of the game, this time to Alex Edwards-Johnson.  Edwards-Johnson returned the ball 90 yards for the score, cementing the game in Cathedral's favor.

Both teams finished the season 9-1 overall, with Cathedral winning the Eastern League title and earning a likely No.1-seed in the Division III playoffs.  St. Augustine will likely get the No. 2-seed.

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