Senior quarterback Matt Owens did it all for Cathedral on Saturday, throwing for 174 yards and three touchdowns on 9 of 12 passing while running in another score to lead his Panthers to a 30-8 win over O'Bryant.
"It allows us the ability to spread people out and use him as the threat that he is," said Cathedral coach Duane Sigsbury. "It makes teams off balance, that’s for sure."
The Panthers were down 8-0 when Owens had his first scoring strike, a 12-yard pass to Carlos Bermudez. Gee Griffith, another one of Cathedral's senior leaders, scored on the two-point conversion to tie the game going into the second half.
Owens followed with a five-yard touchdown run. He tallied 120 yards rushing on the day. In the fourth quarter, he hit Bermudez with 50-yard TD pass and Griffith for a 44-yarder. Griffith finished the game with 110 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Owens' performance was especially impressive considering his long layoff from the gridiron. For reasons unknown to Sigsbury, who has just started his second year as Cathedral's coach, Owens didn't play football his junior year.
"He is a very, very talented young man," Sigsbury said. "We’re lucky to have a guy like him at quarterback. He was absolutely the difference in the game today."
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