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Cathedral ground game pounds Utah team

08/30/2013, 11:53pm PDT
By Alex Riggins, Special to the U-T

Dons defense shuts down highly recruited Jordan quarterback.

Cathedral Catholic used a relentless rushing attack and forced three turnovers on defense to open the season Friday with a 38-6 win at home over Utah’s Jordan High.

Senior running back Chris Moliga rushed for two first-half touchdowns and senior Josh Gizzi added a rushing score in the second half for the Dons, who led 28-6 at halftime.

Cathedral quarterback Clayton Dale connected on two first-half touchdown passes to tight end Daniel Plum.

The Dons completely shut down Jordan’s star junior quarterback Austin Kafentzis, a University of Wisconsin-commit named a USA Today second-team All-American in 2012.

Following Moliga’s second touchdown run to put the Dons up 14-0, Cathedral defensive back Sam Tapia intercepted the first pass from Kafentzis on the next possession, returning it to the one-yard-line.

Three plays later Clayton Dale found tight end Daniel Plum in the end zone to give the home team a 21-0 lead.

Jordan cut the lead to 21-6 with a Clayton Moss touchdown run, and a three-and-out by the Cathedral offense led to a punt, giving Jordan the ball with a chance to pull closer before the half.

But with less than two minutes to play in the half, Tapia came through again and grabbed his second interception of the game. The Dons drove 42 yards and scored on another Dale to Plum connection with just 1.3 seconds left in the half to go up 28-6.

Gizzi added his touchdown run and Tim Semenza added a 24-yard field goal in the second half.

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