Cate junior quarterback Pen Brooks threw three touchdown passes to junior receiver Tyler Martinez — including the fourth-quarter game-winner — in a thrilling 24-22 win over Thacher Saturday to avenge an earlier loss to the Toads.

The win pushes the Rams to 3-4 on the year.

Thacher got on the board first with a one-yard score following a blocked punt in the first quarter. Cate evened the game with a 12-yard pitch from Brooks to Martinez, and took an 11-8 lead in the second quarter on a 30-yard field goal by junior Ari Seal.

Then, with under a minute to go in the first half, Rams senior Zaq Asuamah intercepted a Thacher pass. Cate capitalized on the turnover when Brooks found Martinez for a 30-yard strike for an 18-8 halftime lead.

The second half was a spirited slugfest, something fans of both schools have become accustomed to when the two teams lock horns. Thacher caught Cate off guard in the third quarter with a halfback pass to the quarterback, which gave the Toads momentum going into the fourth quarter trailing 16-14.

With 8:52 to play, the Toads scored from two yards out to give them the lead. But when it mattered most, Cate turned to what worked all game long. For the third time on the afternoon, Brooks found Martinez for a score, this time from 15 yards out. Cate’s defense would hold the Toads for the rest of the contest.

The Rams forced three interceptions in the game: Asuamah’s just before halftime; one by sophomore Johnny Foster on a tipped ball by sophomore teammate Cody Mast ’25; and a pick by senior Jack Whalen to ice the game in the fourth quarter.

Cate coach David Soto also commended junior Kristian Scurtis, senior Daniel Lee, and sophomore Davey Rissell for great games on defense. Sophomore Henry Bouma who had a sack on the day, and juniors Muhsin Abdul- Hakim and Crosby Rosenthal were strong in the trenches for the Rams.

“Another Cate-Thacher nail-biter,” Soto said. “Both teams played very hard and very well. Like most times these two teams play, this game could have gone either way.

“I’m proud of our fight today, especially when things got tight. The energy our Family Weekend crowd provided helped us when we needed it most — thank you to those who came out to cheer the team on!”

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Dennis Moran, Noozhawk Correspondent

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