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Defending Champs Mojave End Cate’s Season With 38-19 Victory

Cate fell to defending CIF-SS 8-man football champions Mojave at home on Saturday 38-19 in the final chapter of a strong season.

The Rams (7-4) matched up well with the Mustangs (8-2) and held a 13-12 lead midway through the second quarter, but Mojave turned on the jets in the second half, outscoring Cate 20-7.

After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, the Rams responded with a 13-yard run by Drew Anastasio to take a 7-6 lead. Mojave responded quickly, but so did Cate, as quarterback Jack Deardoff found Cal Sinclair for a 65-yard score to regain the lead 13-12.

The Mustangs would score again with less than a minute in the half to take an 18-13 lead into the break.

The only third quarter score came from Mojave on a 13-yard touchdown pass. After Cate fell behind 31-13 due to another Mojave touchdown, the Rams showed some heart and scrapped their way into the end zone on a 1-yard run from Deardorff. Cate wouldn't get any closer and a long Mojave touchdown run put the game out of reach.

"It's never easy to end a season," explained Cate head coach Dave Soto. "It's going to end like this for all but one team and it's still sad to see it come to a close. I'm so proud of the effort our guys put forth all year. The hope is that our guys can take away lessons beyond football as they grow older."

— Noozhawk sports reporter Christian Eckert can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @NoozhawkSports and @noozhawk. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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