There is no truth to the rumor that the Cathedral City football team will be taking on perennial powers Mater Dei or De La Salle next week.
In a bit of aggressive scheduling, Sunbelt League powerhouse Heritage made a rare trip to the desert and proved to be as good as advertised. The Lions surrendered the first 38 points – including a touchdown 48 seconds into the contest – and never recovered in a 45-13 non-conference defeat Friday night.
“I like where we are,” Cathedral City coach Richard Lee insisted. “I’m not going to get all freaked out about this. I understand where we are. I recognize it. I also know that there are some things that we can do better. I think by the time we get to league play, we’ll be fine.”
Heritage, a Division 2 program, went 13-1 last season after losing in the CIF-SS Inland Division title game.
Ninth-year Heritage coach Kraig Broach, who has compiled a 41-3 record since 2013 (84-20 overall), made it a point to praise the Lions afterward.
“I wanted to give credit to their coaching staff,” he said. “They did a great job. Their kids were well behaved. How they went about their business on the field and their attitude – I was very impressed.”
Boasting a mammoth offensive line that would impress major NCAA Division I programs, Heritage scored on the second play of the game when speedy junior Sherod White took a toss right and exploded for a 78-yard touchdown.
The Patriots (3-0) reached the end zone on their next four possessions and Javier Luna added a 39-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the first half to give the visitors a commanding 38-0 lead. The second half was played with a running clock.
Heritage collected 378 yards on its 30 offensive plays in the first half (257 rushing, 121 passing). White picked up 171 of his 194 yards on only eight carries and junior quarterback Devan Freedland threw a pair of TD passes.
Cathedral City (0-3) did have its moments.
After opening the second half with an 11-play drive that resulted in a missed field goal, Isaiah Ross broke up Heritage’s shutout bid when he returned a fumble 18 yards for a score with 2:57 left in the third quarter. Ross found the end zone again when he caught an 18-yard strike from Jordan Wallace over the middle to complete the scoring with 5:21 to play in the game.
Wallace, starting in his third game at quarterback with Cameron Lee still out with a turf toe injury, collected 203 total yards (162 passing).
“Jordan is a competitor,” Richard Lee said. “He plays hard all the time.”
Timothy Miller caught five passes for 87 yards, while Ross had five receptions for 55 yards.
Jose Hernandez, who recorded a sack, stood out on defense along with Joshua Lee and James Green.
“The good thing is we came out of it and nobody’s injured,” Richard Lee said. “I told everybody, ‘I’ll be glad when that game is out of the way.’ Now we’re trying to build on getting better week by week by week.”
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HERITAGE 45, CATHEDRAL CITY 13
Heritage 14 24 0 7—45
Cathedral City 0 0 6 7—13
(H): Sherod White 78 run (Javier Luna kick), 11:12
(H): Luna 12 pass from Devan Freedland (Julian Gonzalez kick), 3:05
(H): James Phillips 26 pass from Freedland (Gonzalez kick), 11:54
(H): Rutendo Matiringe 2 run (Gonzalez kick), 7:12
(H): Jayden Dawson 30 run (Gonzalez kick), 6:42
(H): FG Luna 39, 10
(CC): Isaiah Ross 18 fumble return (run failed), 2:57
(H): Khalil Jones 3 run (Gonzalez kick), 9:35
(CC): Ross 18 pass from Jordan Wallace (Alejandro Diaz kick), 5:21
RUSHING—Heritage, Sherod White 8-194, Khalil Jones 5-66, Javier Luna 3-35, Jayden Dawson 1-30, Brandon Marshall 6-27, Devan Freedland 2-14, Cesar Diaz 2-9, Rutendo Matiringe 1-2, James Phillips 1-1, Micaiah Kelley 1-0, Christian Green 2-(-1), Alex Ruelas 1-(-4). Cathedral City, Jordan Wallace 11-41, James Green 9-6, Patrick Schmitt 1-4, Timothy Miller 1-(-1).
PASSING—Heritage, Freedland 7-14-0-121. Cathedral City, Wallace 12-20-0-162.
RECEIVING—Heritage, Rashoud Shelton 3-60, Diaz 2-23, Phillips 1-26, Luna 1-12. Cathedral City, Miller 5-87, Isaiah Ross 5-55, Moses Ramirez 1-12, Bryan Sanchez 1-8.