2010 Season - vs. West Adams Prep Panthers

3rd game of the 2010 Season

Phantoms 45 - Bulldogs 37
Record: 3-0, 0-0

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Game Summary vs. West Adams Prep Panthers
Impact Players of the Game
Zachary Green - Cathedral High School Phantoms Adrian Acosta - Cathedral High School Phantoms Hasson Allison - Cathedral High School Phantoms Hayden Rettig - Cathedral High School Phantoms Cathedral High School Phantoms Football - Impact Players of the Game
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Sophomore Hayden Rettig, Senior Ryan Longoria, Sophomore Da'Mari Scott, Senior Kristaan Ivory
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A Tale of Two Teams
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, an 1886 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, has etched itself into American folklore by showcasing the differences in a man’s personality, both hidden and exposed. Whether one is ready to accept, or even understand, those personalities is another matter. What’s the point, you say? I’m glad you asked. Week two saw our Phantoms roll into Pasadena and demolish the Bulldogs on their home turf and it looked as if they were going to be unstoppable for the rest of the season. And, for the first half of last Friday’s bout against the Panthers of west Adams Prep, it looked as if the game would end in another rout. In fact, some fans were seen in the stands reading a book or just catching up on the local gossip after the Halftime score showed 36-7 and 45-14 after the 3rd Quarter in Cathedral’s favor.

The Phantoms, hosting their first home game of the 2010 season, came out firing on all eight cylinders and quickly subdued the Panthers who couldn’t match the intensity nor the speed Cathedral had on their side. Sophomore QB Hayden Rettig had a superb 1st half where he threw for 260 Yds on just 10 completions and 2 TDs. Rettig finished the game with 408 Yds on the air with 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. This feat earned Rettig his second Player of the Game award for the 2010 season and was featured on NBC’s Roggin’s Heroes over the weekend.

After halftime is where the fun stopped for the Phantoms when they did a 180 degree turnaround and allowed an already moribund Panther team a breath of fresh air and a quick score almost at the end of the 3rd quarter. 15 more minutes and the Phantoms could go home and celebrate their third win in a row and an undefeated record. Well, somebody forgot to tell the Panthers that the game was supposed to be over and the comeback of the year was almost witnessed on Phantom soil. The Panthers already down 45-14 mounted a fierce attack and coupled with the dual personality of this Phantom team, see Mr. Hyde, they scored 23 unanswered points on the Phantoms. Had it not been for a couple of lucky bounces, for Cathedral, the Panthers would have scored at will and probably earned themselves the second win of their season. Penalties, again, were a problem for Cathedral who collected over 100 Yds for the second consecutive game. If the Panthers had not collected another 187 Yds of their own, who knows what the end result could have been. Fortunately, the clock struck zero before the Phantoms could self-destruct.

The Phantom Defense dug their heels and pushed a strong and quick Panther team for the first three quarters but then they became complacent and the one armed tackle monster reared its ugly head. Missed tackles and wrong angles allowed the Panthers to throw and run at will to the tune of over 300 Yds just in the second half of the game. In the first half, the Panthers were held to less than 100 Yds total offense. Maybe this is what the Phantoms needed – to be punched in the mouth. Certainly, it wasn’t because the coaches had not warned them about losing focus. More than likely, it was that they were caught looking ahead to the next game against a powerful Bishop Amat team. But, we’ll come back to that issue at a later time.

The Defensive Player of the Game honor goes to Senior Kristaan Ivory who collected 6 Solo tackles and 2 assists and just to show that his mind is always in the game, intercepted the Panther QB and ran it back for a 35 Yds touchdown early in the 1st quarter. Ivory also managed to rush for 58 Yds and a TD and catch 5 passes for another 46 Yds on Offense. Kristaan leadership and resolve on and off the field is what these younger Phantoms need in order to be successful day in and day out.

For a second week in a row, Senior Ryan Longoria made his presence known to Phantom Nation – this time by catching his first pass on Phantom soil and scoring a 75 Yds TD. Longoria also intercepted a pass for the second game in a row. Ryan earned his first Impact Player of the Game award as well as the Special Teams Player of the Game award by AJ’s BBQ Pit. Longoria was also featured on NBC’s Roggin’s Heroes together with Rettig.

The breakthrough performance of the evening goes to Sophomore Da’Mari Scott who intercepted the Panther QB once, after continuously flushing him out of the pocket, and caught 2 passes for 67 Yds and collected one Solo tackle.

Phantom Fans were certainly on the edge of their seats as the game ended and murmuring could be heard amongst the Cathedral faithful. One can only surmise that the Phantom players were looking ahead to playing the Lancers of Bishop Amat, who bring their undefeated 4-0 record to Cathedral next Friday, October 1st at 7:00PM. This marks the first time Amat and Cathedral meet on the Football field and it has the potential of being a game for the ages, provided the right Phantom team shows up for the game on Friday evening.

Speaking of dual personalities, as a fan, I, together with some of you, sometimes forget that these are 15-18 year old boys. Let’s give them a break and support them whether they’re up by 50 points or playing just for pride. Yes, the stakes are higher than we’re accustomed to and we are also trying to deal with the fact that we’re now sitting at the Big Boy table. It is at the end of the day, just a game and the lessons we need to be teaching our boys and girls, is that of humility and pride in whatever we do in life.

Bishop Amat brings a large crowd and they’re already making arrangements to arrive early to the game. The Dodgers play at home on Friday, at 7:10PM, and many use Broadway & Bishops Road to get to the Stadium.  Make sure you get to the game early.  The gates open at 3:30PM and paid admission will be enforced since that time. Don’t be left out.

Another option is to take the GOLD LINE.  Click on the train at the top of this page to get directions to Cathedral from the Chinatown station.

Wear your Purple Pride and cheer your Phantoms onto Victory.

Be well and Go Phantoms!
Commentary by: Daniel Bárcenas
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