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Flood gates open late 1st-Q, top-ranked Rebs dump Irish

Knoxville Catholic High School continued its struggles Friday night, Oct. 7, at Blaine Stadium, losing to Class 6A No. 1-state ranked power Maryville 35-7 to extend its losing streak to five.

The Irish (2-5, 0-4) held the undefeated Rebels scoreless until MHS’s Shawn Prevo scored with 40 seconds left in the first quarter and opened the flood gates.

Catholic managed only one first down in the first half and allowed four second quarter TDs.

“We really wanted to turn some of the clock, and that’s what we did in the first quarter,” Irish head coach Scott Meadows said. “In the second quarter we just didn’t get much going and it just kind of snowballed on us.”

Maryville quarterback and North Carolina commitment Patton Robinette showed the Irish why he might be the best quarterback in the state. His 61-yard touchdown pass to Cody Carroll was followed by rushing touchdowns of 60 and 51 yards.

And just like that the Irish were down 28-0.

“He is an amazing player,” Meadows said about the Rebel quarterback, “he does everything well. He throws it, he runs the offense well, he runs it and he is so much faster than you actually think he would be.”

Robinette added another touchdown pass, this one from 26-yards to Jay Yoekum with one minute remaining in the half to put the Rebels up 35-0 and called it a night.

“We underestimated how mobile he was,” Irish Linebacker Luke Petr said. “it’s definitely a challenge playing against a guy like that.”

With the clock running continuously in the second half the Irish were able to put together their only scoring drive of the game.

Senior quarterback Matt Armstrong connected with junior Nolan Coulter for a 12-yard touchdown reception to cap-off a 17-play, 79-yard drive.

Coulter was held to 56 yards rushing, only the second time all season the star running back did not eclipse the 100-yard mark.

The Irish will be at home again on Friday night Oct. 14 to take on West High School.


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