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Cate Football Loses Heartbreaker in CIF Quarterfinals

Cate suffered a heartbreaking 31-27 defeat against Windward in the continuation of their suspended CIF-SS Division 1 8-man football quarterfinal on Monday at Sage Hill School in Newport Beach.

It was the only loss of the season for the top-ranked Rams.

Windward quarterback Brett Webster scored on a 3-yard run for the game-winning touchdown with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter.

The Rams drove to the Windward 33 before a heavy pass rush forced an interception with 33 seconds left.

Down 16-13 after Saturday's game at Windward was suspended at halftime by poor air quality, Cate took a 27-16 lead in the third quarter in Newport Beach on two touchdown runs by Drew Anastasio. He scored from 1 yard at 2:38 of the third quarter to give the Rams a 19-16 lead. The PAT kick was blocked.

With 11:51 left in the fourth quarter, Anastasio broke off a nifty 29-yard run for a touchdown. He faked a reverse handoff, spun away from tacklers and ran into the end zone. 

Quarterback Jack Deardorff passed to Khadim Pouye for the two-point conversion and a 27-16 advantage.

Windward answered as Webster hit receiver Jacob Garner on two big pass plays that put the ball at the 3. Webster ran for the touchdown and passed to Garner for a two-point conversion to make it a 27-24 game.

Garner made a big defensive play for Windward on Cate’s next possession, breaking up a Deardorff pass on fourth and 9.

Webster went back to work for Windward, hitting Garner for a first down on third and 7. On a third and 2 play, Webster ran for a first down. He then broke off a long run to the Cate 3 with 1:40 left.

Webster ran off the left side for the go-ahead TD and Ian Wertlieb kicked the PAT for a 31-27 Windward lead with 1:25 to go.

"Obviously, it hurts to see a season end, but we are proud of the effort our team put forth today," Cate assistant coach Dave Soto said. "We fought to the very end and, as coaches, that's all we can ask.

"Thank you to our seniors for leading the way and for setting the example for our younger players." 

This game was originally scheduled forFriday at Windward, but it was postponed due to the closure of Highway 101 by the Hill Fire in the Camarillo area.

The game was moved to Saturday afternoon at Windward and the teams played the first half before it was suspended because of the poor air quality created by the massive Woolsey Fire. Windward led 16-13.

Cate's touchdowns came on a 50-yard run by Anastasio and a 10 yarder from Jack Deardorff.

School officials scrambled to find a venue to resume the game on Monday and they settled on Sage Hill in Newport Beach.

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