Saturday, December 1, 2012
Recap: Cathedral 22, Madison Park 20
By Chris Bradley
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Through snowy conditions at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Cathedral knocked off Madison Park in a double-overtime thriller to take home the Division 4A Eastern Mass. Super Bowl championship, 22-20.
Sophomore Kejonte Hickman was the star of the show, running in all three Cathedral touchdowns on his way to one of the most memorable performances of the afternoon’s super bowl matchups.
Cathedral fell behind early on via an 18 yard interception return by Madison Park’s Curtis Brown. Brown was also integral on the Cardinals’ second score, running a Cathedral kick back 54 yards to put them on the Cathedral 12 yard line. Moments later, Madison Park got into the endzone, going up 14-0.
Special teams wasn’t a factor after that point for Madison Park. Cathedral’s defense was stifling, holding Madison Park to just 37 total yards.
MP’s offensive woes: Madison Park struggled offensively throughout, as they were never able to get through Cathedral’s fast defense on the ground. The Cardinals finished with just 27 yards of offense on the ground, not getting within striking distance of scoring outside of their two first half touchdowns. In the second overtime, where each team starts at the opposing teams’ 15 yardline, Calvin Jones caught a nine yard touchdown pass to put the Cardinals in the driver’s seat, if only for a short time.
Hickman leads the way: Hickman never seemed to tire throughout the game, despite getting 46 carries. He finished the game with 249 yards rushing, accounting for all but 46 of Cathedral’s final yardage total. Just a sophomore, his development should be closely monitored over the next two years, as he’s shown that he has the talent to be one of the best backs in the state. A clutch player who Cathedral has been able to rely on all year, Sigsbury had nothing but praise for his prized back after the Hickman finally sealed the game in double-overtime.
“He’s so fast, and he’s such a great, great player. And without Kejonte I’m not sure we’re where we’re at right now. It stinks he’s only 5-7, if he were 6-2 he’d be a major college recruit,” Sigsbury said.
Redemption for Cathedral: The Panthers’ super bowl loss last year to Blue Hills was surrounded by controversy. Cathedral was in position to win the game on a long touchdown pass, but an excessive celebration call meant the play would be called back and Cathedral would lose the super bowl. Sigsbury said the loss left a bad taste in the mouths of he and his team.
“We definitely used it as motivation, but once the season started [the loss to Blue Hills] wasn’t really a factor at all for us,” Sigsbury said, “we really just used it to motivate our kids this summer in off-season workouts.”
Anybody, Anywhere: Cathedral’s headmaster, principal, assistant principal, and board of directors made the decision to put Cathedral up in the Renaissance Hotel in Foxboro last night. With no field to practice on in the area of the hotel, Sigsbury opted to take his team outside to practice in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, to ensure that his players would be fully prepared for their showdown inside the stadium.
“We said we could play anybody anywhere,” Sigsbury said, “whether it’s at Gillette stadium or the parking lot.”