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Vann drives KCHS rushing, Irish crush Stone Memorial

It was the same story again and again on Friday, Aug. 31, at the new Stone Memorial High School facilities in Cumberland Co. Knoxville Catholic scored touchdown after touchdown to the end of this 48-3 romp over the Stone Memorial Panthers.

It all started with junior running back Zach Vann. Vann had a spectacular game last week and proved himself all over again, scoring another three touchdowns and rushing for 159 yards against the Panthers, giving him six on the season.

”He has had a great start this season and I hope it continues” KCHS head coach Mark Pemberton said regarding to Vann’s playmaking ability.

Vann’s first score came from one yard out with 6:36 left in the first quarter, but with a missed extra point the score was 6-0.

Following the previous score was Jacob Giles’ 1 yard touchdown run complemented by a successful Vann 2-point conversion, making the score 14-0 with 1:33 left in the first quarter.

Irish quarterback Eric Lindsey was 5-of-6 passing for 166 yards and two touchdowns. One of those went to Matt Pfleger, who ran it 36 yards for the score making it 21-0 after the Martinez extra point with 11:51 left in the second quarter.

Vann and Lindsey hooked up for an 81-yard \pass early in the third quarter. Offensive plays were not the only thing up Lindsey’s sleeve.

He had two interceptions on defense, one returned for a touchdown with 4:14 left in the second quarter.

“We need to have him on the field” Pemberton said about Lindsey. “He is an athletic and a smart ballplayer.”

The Irish defense held strong all night, holding the Panthers to four first downs and less than 100 yards passing and rushing combined.

Leading tacklers were Zak Tait and Dustin Tait. Zak had seven tackles, three of them being for a one yard loss each. Dustin’s 6 tackles, included for a loss and a 6-yard sack. The Irish secondary held the Panther passing game to 28 yards.

The Irish schedule will get tougher as the season progresses, staring Friday night.

Catholic will host Region 2-3A foe Austin-East in Blaine Stadium Friday, Sept 7.

Opening kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Roadrunners are coming off a 35-27 loss to Irish rival Webb last Friday at A-E.


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