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No. 2 Irish stop Govs


The Knoxville Catholic High School Fighting Irish lived up to its name Friday, Sept. 18, during a hard-fought District 4-AAA game against William Blount at KCHS’s Blaine Stadium.

Although the final score was 24-6, the state’s No. 2-ranked (AP) Class 5-A Irish only led 7-6 until the fourth quarter.

Irish standout running back Dorian Cozart scored on a 5-yard run up the right side with 6:49 left in the second quarter.

Catholic (3-1) saw the Govs score its only TD with 14 seconds left in the first half.

Both teams fought mud on the field and did absolutely nothing until Irish quarterback Tyler Williamson lobbed a pass to junior wide receiver Michael Bonfini, who ran for a 55-yard TD, to put the Irish up 14-6 with only seconds left in the third.


“I think once we had that deep pass to Michael Bonfini, I think that set off [the momentum] pretty much,” Cozart said.

With 7:09 left to play, the Irish recovered a fumble on its own 34, then Cozart took it straight up the gut for his second TD. It was 21-6.

While the Irish blocked two field goal attempts and an extra point, they shut down the Govs’ offense.

However, KCHS head coach Scott Meadows said, “We played terrible from the word go … and that is not to take anything away from them.

“I was proud of my guys for coming back the second half ... but we just gotta go out and play better than that.”

 

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