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Williamson arm leads Irish in romp of SMHS

Tyler Williamson is making the most out his passes, and the Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish once again roll to an easy victory.

Though completing just 5-of-8 passes for 80 yards, Williamson, first-year starting quarterback as a junior, had three connections for touchdowns as the Irish (2-0 record) destroyed District 2-3A rival Stone Memorial 41-7 Friday, Aug. 29, in the KCHS home opener at Blaine Stadium.

Catholic blew the game wide open in the final 8:07 of the second quarter with a 21-0 run.

Williamson’s 30-yard TD strike to Spencer Mackle put the Irish up 7-0 with 4:31 left in the first quarter.

After Stone Memorial responded with 13-play, 52-yard touchdown drive to tie the game 7-7 early in the second quarter, the Irish responded quickly.

A six-play, 80-yard was capped by John McDermott’s 24-yard TD run to make it 14-7 at the 8:07 mark of the second quarter.

Only 66 seconds later, following one of three KCHS interceptions, Nick Branum hauled in a 23-yard scoring pass from Williamson to make it 21-7.

Mackle’s second touchdown reception, this one a 19-yarder, increased the lead to 27-7 with 2:38 left in the half.

Eric McWhorter’s 11-yard run, ending a four-play, 55-yard march late in the third quarter, upped the lead to 34-7.

Cody Shirley’s 14-yard TD run with 7:28 left in the game capped a six-play, 66-yard drive.

For the second straight game, runningback Jordan Howanitz rushed for more than 100 yards, running 12 times for 108.

Catholic’s three interceptions came from sophomore defensive back Michael Bonfini, junior defensive back Andrew Kropilak and Mackle, also a DB. The Irish also recovered a fumble.

Jarrod Julies, junior placekicker, converted all five extra-points in which he actually attempted.

Next is a home game versus 2-3A rival Austin-East Friday, Sept. 5. Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.


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