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Roadrunners shock Irish, knock top-ranked KCHS out of playoffs

As it was last season, Knoxville Catholic has been eliminated from the TSSAA state playoffs at home against an opponent it beat soundly during the regular season.

Austin-East traveled to Blaine Stadium and, boosted by a late-game missed extra-point, left with a 26-25 victory against the stateís top-ranked Irish in Class 3A second-round action.

Jeffrey Farisí 7-yard run put Catholic ahead before the Roadrunners (9-3 record) answered.

A one-yard run from Dorian Cozart lifted the Irish to a 13-6 halftime lead.

Following a Michael Robins interception that thwarted an Austin-East drive deep into Catholic territory, the Irish went 90 yards capped by Farisí 23-yard run making it 19-6.

The Roadrunners then responded in the quickest way, an 86-yard kick-off return to trim the KCHS lead to 19-12.

Touchdown pass plays of 44 and 27 yards, aided by a fumbled kick-off return, suddenly had Austin-East ahead 26-19 midway into the fourth quarter.

But the Irish used an off-sides penalty on fourth-down to keep its drive alive before Cozart scored from three yards out with 1:09 remaining, cutting the lead to 26-25.

After the missed extra point, Catholic recovered the on-side kick. But a penalty forced a second try that A-E recovered.

Ranked No. 1 in Tennessee most of the season, Catholic suffered its first loss and ends with an 11-1 record.


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