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The Cathedral Irish waded impressively through the Midwest U19 field this past weekend, winning two 45-minute games on Saturday 59-0 and 53-0, before pushing aside surprise finalists Grand Rapids 31-3 to take the Midwest U19 trophy.

“We just got out in front of teams early and kept going,” said Cathedral coach Scott Peterson. “It was a bit of a surprise for us to see Grand Rapids because we’d heard so much about how strong Westerville was. But we just focused on Grand Rapids and the guys played really well.”

Cathedral sounds like they should be a single-school team but in fact draw players from another school in the Indianapolis area. Most of their backline is from outside Cathedral HS, but they have all meshed successfully.

“This weekend was the best I’ve seen the team play,” said Peterson. “The forwards did a great job setting up ball and the backs were outstanding. Everyone played well.”

It’s rare for a Midwest team to dominate to this level at the territorial playoffs, and it might just have been a case of Cathedral clicking at the right moment. Flyhalf Greg Wood and openside flanker Zach Douglas were especially strong – Peterson said Douglas “wreaked havoc” wherever he want.

“I don’t really know how good we are,” said Peterson. “All I know is, we played really well this weekend. How that matches up on a national level remains to be seen. Right now we will just go as far as we can.”