ROXBURY — The North Shore Tech defense allowed only one touchdown Saturday night on the road against Cathedral in the Division 6 North playoff match up.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that touchdown came with just seconds left in the fourth quarter and gave the Panthers the 16-8 win.
“Both defenses played awesome. We’re a young team and we’re so excited to be in this position,” said Cathedral (6-1) head coach Duane Sigsbury. “I can’t say enough about coach (Paul) Worth and his kids. That’s a classy organization.”
Bryan Cedeno took an option pitch and dove across the goal line for a four-yard touchdown run with just 10 seconds left after the North Shore Tech defense had kept Cathedral offense out of the endzone for the majority of the game.
“We had a great game plan and we understood their speed,” said NST (5-3) head coach Paul Worth. “It was probably the best defensive game we played in a long time and we’ve played some great D this year.”
Middle linebacker Dan Bailey, who’s been the heart of the Bulldog defense all season long, kept Cedeno and quarterback Jermal Brevard-Jackson in check for most of the game. Meanwhile, cornerback Daniel Ramirez was challenged again and again by the Panthers and each time he rose to the occasion.
“The key to the whole defense is Bailey and he had a monster game. Bailey was the kingpin and the secondary played well too,” noted Worth. “They challenged our corner and really went after Danny (Ramirez) and he responded. It was a great playoff football game it’s just too bad we couldn’t get anything going offensively.”
The Bulldogs rushed for just 102 yards on the game and didn’t have a single rusher break 50 yards individually. NST did pass the ball surprisingly well and outside of a fourth-quarter interception by Ian LeFavour, the senior signal caller had a solid game.