The 5th seeded Carlsbad Lancers traveled to Cathedral Catholic to play the 4th seeded Dons. As expected, the game came down to the wire.
Cathedral got on the board first, with a 2 yard run from Hogan Irwin, who will play at Columbia University next year.
The Lancers made their mark, as Troy Cassidy caught Shea Morales’ pass. The extra point was missed, and the score remained 7-6.
With 50 seconds in the first half, Cathedral Catholic quarterback Tate Haynes unleashed an 84-yard touchdown pass to Je’Von Figaro to take a 14-6 lead going into halftime.
Carlsbad was not going to be stopped, as KJ Macdonald powered into the end zone. Morales threw another touchdown pass, this time to Matt Spiering. The two-point conversion was good, and Carlsbad took a 21-14 lead.
On the following drive, the Dons fumbled the ball and Carlsbad took over with a 21-14 lead and 2:53 left in the 4th quarter. Two plays later, Carlsbad fumbled the ball and Cathedral had 2:10 left to tie the game up with a touchdown. Hogan Irwin finished off the 62-yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21 with 1:42 left in the game.
The Lancers’ offense was stopped on their following possession, and they were forced to punt from their own 20. The punt was blocked and the Cathedral Catholic Dons had 26 seconds and 38 yards between them and the CIF semifinals. After a couple of short gains, the Dons lined up to kick a 48 yard field goal that would decide the their fate. Kevin Boermeester’s kick was good as time expired, and the Dons would be victorious, 24-21.
“I just trusted my mechanics and I’m just glad that I got the opportunity because it feels great to come out with the win,” said Boermeester.
Cathedral (7-4) takes on Helix (9-1)on the road next week, with the winner playing in the Open Division finals. In week 3, the Helix Highlanders defeated the Dons 37-7.