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Top-ranked Irish almost

Though No. 1-ranked in TSSAA Class 3A, the Knoxville Catholic Irish (9-0 overall, 6-0 in Region 2-3A) sure had to fight to keep a 14-6 win last Friday, Oct. 26, at Kingston (6-3, 3-3).

The victory, coming in a tough region, gives Catholic its third strating 2-3A crown in a row.

The Yellowjackets gave KCHS its closest game this season, and it came down to the last minute of the ballgame where Kingston was stopped on the Irish 10 yard-line ending its overtime hopes.

Both teams started slow on offense and the game was scoreless until 2:55 left in the first quarter. Catholicís Garrett Trusler punched in the 10-yard touchdown after a 60 yard drive down the field, raising the score to 7-0 after the Ricardo Martinez extra point.

The next score came a quarter later with 2 minutes left in the first half where Quarterback Eric Lindsey connected with runningback Matt Pfleger for a 32-yard pass and touchdown to earn the 14-0 overhead after the Martinez extra point.

The Yellowjackets showed that the game wasnít over just yet when Kingston quarterback Heath Bailey shot a 60-yard pass over the Irish defense to James Sams for six points. Catholicís Tyler Williamson blocked the extra point.

The second half was a defensive heyday. The Irish defense did their job by stopping drives and making turnovers. Pfleger and Michael Robins both had interceptions to give the Irish offense another scoring chance.

Anthony Mubarak led KCHS with 10 tackles followed by Jonathan Wood and Dustin Tait, both with seven.

The Irish will travel to Region 2-3A foe Scott County Friday, Nov. 2. First kickoff is 7:30 p.m.


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