Cate football fell on the road to Chadwick by a score of 27-18 on Saturday.

“We battled really hard today against a very good team,” Rams coach David Soto said. “I’m proud of our fight and our effort. This group has gone up against some of the toughest teams in our division and has gotten better along the way. 

The Rams opened up the scoring in the first when Kristian Scutis took an interception back 45 yards for a touchdown, grabbing a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point.

Chadwick then punched back, scoring on the final play of the first quarter to take a 7-6 advantage into the second.

In the second quarter, the Dolphins found the endzone again to expand the lead to 13-6.

After it looked like Chadwick would keep that lead into halftime, Cate’s Barron Crayton scooped up a forced fumble and, as he was getting tackled, lateraled the ball to Henry Bouma, who reached the end zone in dramatic fashion to send the Rams into halftime down 13-12.

Despite the momentum in Cate’s favor heading into the locker room, the third quarter was all Chadwick as the Dolphins scored a pair of touchdowns and did not allow a point to carry a 27-12 lead into the final quarter.

The Rams’ final touchdown of the game came on a touchdown pass from Quinn Pullen to Cody Mast, bringing the score to 27-18, which would eventually be the final.

Cate will take on Fulton Prep on the road next Friday.

“There is a lot of season left and I’m excited to see how this team improves as the year goes on,” Soto said.