The Cathedral Prep Ramblers faced off against the McDowell Trojans on Friday, Sept. 8. Kickoff was at 7 p.m. at Gus Anderson Field. The Ramblers started off strong when they forced a Trojans 3-and-out to start the game. After getting the ball, Prep drove down the field and scored a touchdown on a pass from senior quarterback Joe Mischler to running back Matt Lupo. The Ramblers did not look back after that and dominated the rest of the half.
Prep went on to score two more touchdowns in the first quarter. Joe Mischler threw both of those touchdowns to senior Henry Fessler. The Trojans scored their only touchdown of the game at the beginning of the second quarter. After gaining some momentum the Trojans picked off Mischler on the next drive. Prep’s defense held strong and the Ramblers blew the game open.
The Ramblers came down and scored a touchdown on a 99-yard drive putting them up 28-7. McDowell looked to bounce back after that, but instead Anthony Bolden made it even worse for the Trojans by getting a pick six to put Prep up 35-7. Prep was not finished. Tyler Odekoven scored on a 17-yard reception. Billy Lucas scored the last touchdown of the half for the Ramblers giving them a whopping 49-7 lead at the half.
At this point, the game was virtually over. To make matter worse Prep managed to add two more touchdowns in the second half. The final score was a 63-7 win for the Ramblers. Cathedral Prep hasn’t lost any momentum from their state championship run last season. They are outscoring their opponents this season 141-14 through three games.
Prep outgained the Trojans 521-188. Junior running back Billy Lucas finished the game with 60 yards on 11 carries, senior Joe Campbell had 57 yards on 5 carries, and Mischler finished the game 10-14 for 141 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Ramblers will look to continue their dominant season at home next week against 3-0 Benedictine from Cleveland, Ohio. The Trojans will attempt to bounce back at home next week against Football North from Ontario.
Ryan Rzepecki is a member of the Class of 2019 of Cathedral Prep. Ryan is also the senior editor-in-chief of The Rambler. This is his second year writing for the Rambler, and he plans on attending Gannon University next year.