Because of tight deadlines and no working area at Cathedral, correspondent Scott French had plenty of leftover material From Bishop Amat’s 53-6 win Friday to improve to 5-0. Here is what he sent for you to soak up and digest…
Wallace watch: Four passes thrown to Wallace Gonzalez. Two were rainbow lobs that got past him, one a bullet that he dropped, and the other — the only completion — went for 39 yards. He also was flagged for two of the eight penalties. Brock Booth, cleared last week, also played.
Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty on Gonzalez/Booth: “What I think happens is as we move into our league season, maybe there’s more to defend, maybe there’s more that teams have to pay attention to, but I don’t think tonight was really anything. They’re rusty,. It’s like game one for them. They’ve got to get caught up quick.”
QB Rio Ruiz on Gonzalez/Booth: “We’re going to be a team to be reckoned with. Wallace and Brock add a big pass threat for defenses.”
Hagerty on Rio Ruiz: “Mentally he’s a lot sharper than (at the start of the season). He’s making good choices, and he’s putting us in good situations, which to the subtle eye you’re not going to notice, but it’s just going to look like he handed off, but what he did is he changed a play where they overadjusted to something, and he got us in a good one. He’s starting to pick that stuff up.”
Hagerty on Jalen Moore: “He’s deceivingly strong, but he also can run the ball well. We kid him because he thinks he’s a scatback and he makes too many cuts, when he’s a much more punishing ballcarrier than he knows. So we like him getting vertical on the field with his shoulder pads forward and tilted much more than working side to side. That’s more Zach (Shay)’s game. We love that Jalen is emerging into what we all thought he could be. But we’ve got a long way ahead of us.”
Rio Ruiz on Jalen Moore: “Jalen’s just having a helluva year. He’s doing so well. … You’ve got to give credit to the line. We reward their dirty work with touchdowns.”
Defense: Cathedral QB Hayden Rettig was 13 of 35 for 120 yards with three interceptions (two by Ajee Montes, who returned one 34 yards for a TD). Rettig had just 46 yards passing at halftime (on 8 of 23) and 48 until the final play of the third quarter.
Hagerty on the pass defense: “We haven’t defended the pass real well in the past, but I think we geared up tonight because we knew they were going to throw it, and I think we did a much better job.”