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Cathedral Prep Routs Erie High 49-6 In Season Opener @PrepRamblers @Erieroyalsfb

Written by: on Saturday, August 28th, 2021

 

In front of a standing-room-only crowd at Dollinger Field in Erie, Pennsylvania, Cathedral Prep looked like a team in midseason form. The Ramblers dominated Erie High on the opening night of high school football across the state. In a game that many thought would be competitive, Prep quickly showed its superiority on both sides of the football. 

After quickly forcing an Erie High Royals 3-and-out and capping it with a blocked punt, Prep was set with prime field position on the Erie 1-yard line. The next play, senior running back Michael Parks punched it in for his first of what would be three rushing touchdowns in the game, giving the Ramblers a sudden 7-0 lead two minutes into the game. 

“We hadn’t been on the field playing a game in over eight months,” Parks said about his three-touchdown performance. “And tonight felt good. Our team played really well.” 

And the Ramblers just kept pouring it on. Scoring on its first three possessions, Prep showed off its aerial attack with back-to-back touchdown receptions by receiver Wakeem Page via sharp throws from junior quarterback Carter Barnes. 

“We put in a lot of work in the offseason,” Barnes said. “I want to give credit to our offensive linemen. They blocked well all night. It was a great team performance.”

Though Barnes gave all the credit to his teammates, his own play was stellar. He was comfortable in the pocket throughout the game, going through his reads with poise and making the right decision time and again. 

The Rambler defense even got in on the scoring action. It added an exclamation point with an interception by Damario Crawford and an 84-yard return. Just like that, Erie Prep led 28-0 minutes into the second quarter. 

The struggles for the Erie offense and special teams continued as the Rambler defense’s constant pressure led to the Royals offense moving in reverse along with several muffed snaps by the punting unit.

Prep capitalized on every opportunity, adding another rushing touchdown by Parks just before the half expired, extending the lead to 35-0.

The lopsided score prompted the running-clock “mercy rule” in the second half, speeding up the game. But it had little effect on Prep’s offense, which found the endzone two more times. 

The Erie High Royals were able to put a notch on the scoreboard with 30 seconds left in the game with a 90-yard fumble recovery and touchdown.

Final score: 49-6.

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