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Catholic survives WHS test

As far as passing statistics go, it was a pretty unimpressive night for the Knoxville Catholic quarterback.

Tyler Williamson was 2-4 for 74 yards. But stats don’t always tell the real story.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Williamson connected with fellow senior Jake Faris for a 41-yard completion.

The play set up the Irish on the West 28 sparking what would turn out to be a game-winning drive. The state’s No. 7-ranked Class 4A Irish defeated District 4-AAA rival West 21-18 Friday night, Oct. 16, at KCHS’s Blaine Stadium.

“The biggest play of the game was the Jake Faris catch, it was huge,” Irish head coach Scott Meadows said. “They had switched the coverages up on us, we felt like we could get past them on that play.”

With a chill in the air and a saturated field, the Irish (5-3, 3-2) used that big pass play but counted mainly on their running attack and a stingy defense to clinch a playoff berth in Class 5A.

A 10-play, 62-yard drive ended with Dorian Cozart’s 10th touchdown of the year, a 1-yard run.

The Rebels answered Catholic with a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. The exta point try misfired.

Catholic’s offense needed only one play to score on its next drive.

Cozart took an innocent toss sweep right and turned it into an 80-yard touchdown run, and in a flash the Irish lead was 14-6.

The sloppy conditions did not deter Cozart, who ended the night with 172 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns. “We knew we were going to play in muddy conditions, we practiced in it,” Cozart said. “Its football, it’s what you have to go through.”

Cozart’s 8-yard TD run in the fourth quarter overcame a West rally that put the Rebs up 18-14.

Looking to tie, West missed a 38-yard field goal attempt with 2:35 left in the game.


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