Sunday, November 18, 2018

Dons rally to win Open Division Title

Shawn Poma rushed for 178 yards and scored three times to help the Cathedral Catholic Dons (11-1) earn the CIF San Diego Section Open Division Championship with a 28-17 win over the top-seeded Torrey Pines Falcons (10-1).

In a losing effort, Mac Bingham rushed for 120 yards and the first two touchdowns of the game for Torrey Pines.

Trailing 14-0, Poma put Cathedral Catholic on the board with a 65-yard dash to the end zone.

The Falcons answered back with Ted Merrifield's 36-yard field goal to extend their lead to 17-7, but DJ Ralph would find Zion Sorani for a toe-tapping 4-yard strike to cut it to 17-14 at halftime.

After a brief defensive struggle for both teams, Poma's 2-yard goal line dive gave Cathedral a 21-17 lead with 4:34 left in the third quarter, and they never looked back.

Ralph's 38-yard touchdown pass to Poma in the fourth quarter sealed the win as the Dons celebrated their second Open Division title in program history.

Remaining Championship Games

Division I
#3 Helix (8-4) vs. #4 St. Augustine (9-3)

Division II
#5 Lincoln (9-4) vs. #7 Mira Mesa (10-2)

Division III
#2 Central (12-0) vs. #5 Morse (8-4)

Division IV
#1 San Diego (10-1) vs. #2 Kearny (11-1)

Division V
#1 Orange Glen (7-3) vs. #3 Francis Parker (11-1)

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