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Ridley relief effort leads Irish blanking of Heritage

With a senior back-up quarterback shining brightly, and motivation to crush Heritage extremely high after last year’s upset loss to the Mountaineers at HHS, Knoxville Catholic was ready for some football last Friday night, Oct. 22.

“They got to watch the film from last year, we watched that film every day [last] week,” KCHS head coach Scott Meadows said after his team’s 42-0 drubbing of Heritage at Catholic’s Blaine Stadium on Irish Senior Night.

“We knew if we had any shot of getting a home playoff we had to win that one,” Meadows added. “They had a lot of motivation.”

Ryan Ridley, Irish senior quarterback pressed into starting duty due to Mike Wegzyn’s concussion, “played unbelievable,” Meadows said of his 12-of-16 passing for 218 yards plus 41 yards rushing.

Ridley accounted for two touchdowns.

“He was very poised, ran the offense as close to perfection as you could get it,” the coach added. “He kept a great, great tempo with our offense.

Helping Catholic compile 458 total yards, “The offensive line played fantastic,” Meadows said.

Nolan Coulter touchdown runs of 23 and three yards plus Trey Leake TD scampers of four and one yards combined with Ridley’s success.

The senior QB fired a 56-yard touchdown pass to freshman Vic Wharton (five receptions, 108 yards), while Ridley ran 16 yards for the other Irish score.

Defensively, “We only gave up 58 yards total offense,” Meadows said. “Our defense played really, really well.” Interceptions from Patrick Conaty and Michael Bonfini set up second-quarter touchdowns, as Catholic (6-3 overall, 4-2 in District 4-AAA) led 28-0 at the half.

Heritage fell to 3-6, 0-6.


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