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No. 1 Irish crush Scott


The season has rolled by and so have the Fighting Irish. Regular season is over and KCHS has come out undefeated and No. 1 statewide in Class 3A.

Regionally, the Irish have made it somewhat of a tradition by showning their colors and reigning over Region 2-3A four of the last five years.

That includes last Friday, Nov. 2, in a 55-6 win at region foe Scott County.

“We did not play as well as we could have last week against Kingston, so the guys knew that they had to step up play at the level that we have been playing all year.” KCHC head coach Mark Pemberton said.

The Irish started as they usually do with the games first score in the first quarter, this time on a 3-yard Matt Pfleger punch with 7:45 left in the quarter that started the night 7-0 after the Ricardo Martinez extra point.

Up 7-6 with 1:01 left in the first quarter, Eric Lindsey strung a 49-yard pass to Ryan Walden for another Irish score and a dose of momentum. The second quarter was a scoring frenzy. Catholic scored four times, three of those were Zach Vann touchdowns.

He had a pair of rushing touchdowns on runs of 1 and 9 yards and one 11-yard reception touchdown from Lindsey. Backup running-back Dorian Cozart got in on the action, scoring his own 1-yard touchdown ending the half with the Irish up 41-6.

The TSSAA new “slaughter rule” was in effect and time for experiencing younger players was lost. “I think the new slaughter rule is unnecessary,” Pemberton said. “They are only penalizing players from getting game experience, they work just as hard as any other player does and deserve to play, but they did a good job with the time they had.”

The backups did not allow any scores and scored twice themselves. Junior Nick Branum scored from the one yard-line with four minutes left in the third quarter to raise the deficit to 48-6 after Jarrod Julies knocked home the extra point.

Cozart had another score with 2:10 left in the game from the 5 yard-line.

Catholic will open playoff action hosting Region 1-3A No. 4 seed Gibbs at Blaine Stadium Friday, Nov. 9.

Opening kick-off is 7 p.m.

 

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