MEMPHIS — Knoxville Catholic High School saw its 2019 football season come to an abrupt end Friday night, Nov. 15.
A 27-7 halftime deficit, three turnovers and other assorted self-inflicted adversities proved too much to overcome in a 35-28 Division II-AAA playoff loss at Memphis University School (10-1).
“We sleepwalked through the first half,” KCHS head coach Steve Matthews said.
Kaden Martin rumbled 46 yards for a score to pull the Irish to within 7-6 later in the first quarter. Paxton Robertson would add the first of four extra points.
Catholic showed signs of life after the break as Nicklaus Iverson had a 4-yard scoring plunge to help the Irish claw their way back into the contest.
KCHS would pull even closer, 27-21, when Martin connected with Tommy Winton on a 14-yard scoring strike with 9:30 left in the fourth quarter.
“We came alive in the second half, but it was just too little, too late,” Matthews said, as his Irish were flagged for 13 penalties (103 yards).
Catholic (7-4) pulled to within 35-28 when Martin connected with Jack Jancek on a short 3-yard touchdown pass midway through the final frame.