PRE-GAME NOTES: Catholic @ West Greene
CATHOLIC Irish (3-3)
WEST GREENE Buffaloes (2-4)
October 5, 2018
Jim Sauceman Field
SETTING THE SCENE – Catholic plays its final non-region game of the season..…the series with West Greene is tied, 2-2…Irish won last year’s game, 58-7, in Knoxville… Irish have posted five consecutive 10-win seasons…Irish have won 147 of their last 194 games…Winton leads the Irish in receiving…Winton has two 100-yard receiving games…Jarmon tops the rushing charts…Jarmon rushed for 266 yards in last week’s win at Rhea County…Jarmon has two 100-yard rushing games this season…Winton has 865 all-purpose yards…Story tops the tackle chart with 60…Mays and Quinones have six tackles for-loss…Quinones has three interceptions…Catholic defense holding opponents to less than 100 passing yards per-game…
THE RECORDS – Catholic is 3-3 in 2018, including a 2-1 mark in Region 4-5A. The Irish won at Rhea County last week, 30-12. West Greene is 2-4 this year, including a 1-2 mark in Region 1-3A. The Buffaloes won at North Greene, 49-8, last week.
ON THE SIDELINE – Steve Matthews is in his sixth year at the helm of the Irish. He also serves as Catholic’s offensive coordinator. Matthews came to Catholic from Seigel High School in Murfreesboro, where he served as offensive coordinator from 2010-2012. He was head coach at Moore County in 2008 and 2009 and posted a 10-11 record. He also served as QB/WR coach at Tullahoma, his high school alma mater, from 2004-2007. His overall record is 66-29, and his record at Catholic is 56-18. The Irish have reached the TSSAA Playoffs in each of Matthews’ seasons at Catholic. His playoff record is 15-3, and his 2015 (4A) and 2017 (5A) squads won TSSAA state championships. Matthews played collegiately at Tennessee and Memphis. He played professionally with the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Oilers.
SEASON SCHEDULES – Here are 2018 schedules for both teams:
Catholic (3-3) West Greene (2-4)
8/17 Maryville L, 31-10 8/16 @Northview Acad. L, 42-20
8/24 Baylor W, 35-16 8/24 @Thomas Walker W, 28-26
8/31 Open Date 8/30 Claiborne L, 34-19
9/7 Cleveland W, 35-28 9/7 South Greene L, 21-7
9/14 Soddy-Daisy* L, 17-7 9/14 @Johnson County L, 35-7
9/21 @Brentwood Acad. L, 40-3 9/21 Open Date
9/28 @Rhea County* W, 30-12 9/28 @North Greene W, 49-8
10/5 @West Greene 10/5 Catholic
10/12 Walker Valley* 10/12 Unicoi County
10/19 Open Date 10/19 @Happy Valley
10/26 @Lenoir City* 10/26 @Chuckey-Doak
*Denotes Region 4-5A game
SERIES VS. WEST GREENE – The series between Catholic and West Greene is tied, 2-2. Here’s a look:
1981: West Greene 22, Catholic 6
1989: Catholic 29, West Greene 6
1990: West Greene 25, Catholic 12
2017: @Catholic 58, West Greene 7
LAST YEAR VS. WEST GREENE – Catholic moved its record to 5-3 overall with its 58-7 Homecoming win over West Greene. The Irish offense posted season highs in touchdowns (8) and rushing touchdowns (6) in the contest. A pair of first-quarter scoring passes from Jack Sompayrac to Dashon Bussell (9 yds) and Cameron Blakely (27 yds) had the Irish ahead, 14-0, after one period. Rushing touchdowns from Joe Fluker (2 yds) and Cade Mays (1 yd) had Catholic ahead at halftime, 28-0. The rushing onslaught continued in the third quarter, as Joshua Brown (1 yd), Ray Thompson (13 yds), and Cooper Whitt (2 yds) found their way to paydirt. The Irish defense got in on the scoring as well, as it forced an intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety. Drew Gregg added a 10-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to end Catholic’s scoring on the evening. West Greene avoided a shutout with its touchdown with 1:30 remaining in the game. Brown led the Irish rushing attack with 64 yards on nine carries. Fluker added 53 yards on three carries. Thirteen different players had rushing attempts on the night for the Irish. Sompayrac was 10-of-13 passing for 209 yards. Bussell had five grabs for 104 yards and a score, while Blakely added three catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Stiles Moore led the Irish defense with 7.5 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. DJ Mitchell had six stops, while Mays had 5.5 tackles, including 2 TFL’s and a half-sack. The Irish defense allowed a season-low nine first downs and 60 rushing yards on the evening,
RACK ‘EM UP – Catholic has won 120 of its last 156 regular-season games.
FIVE FOR TEN – Catholic has posted five consecutive 10-win seasons. Here’s a look:
TURNOVER MARGIN – Catholic is minus-one in turnover margin in 2018. The Irish have thrown six interceptions and lost four fumbles. Opponents have thrown seven interceptions and lost two fumbles.
GROUND IT OUT – Keondre Jarmon rushed 24 times for 266 yards and two touchdowns in Catholic’s 30-12 win over Region 4-5A foe Rhea County. The modern-day record for most rushing yards in a game is held by Nolan Coulter with 298. Coulter amassed that total against Heritage in 2011, a 56-34 Irish victory.
REGION 4-5A STANDINGS – Here’s a look at the 2018 Region 4-5A standings:
Rhea County 2-1 3-3
Lenoir City 2-1 3-4
Soddy-Daisy 1-1 3-2
Catholic 1-1 3-3
Walker Valley 0-2 0-6
Last week’s results
Catholic 30, @Rhea County 12
Lenoir City 47, @Walker Valley 14
Soddy-Daisy – Open Date
Soddy-Daisy @ Bradley Central
Catholic @ West Greene
Stone Memorial @ Lenoir City
Red Bank @ Walker Valley
Marion County @ Rhea County
REGION 1-3A STANDINGS – West Greene competes in Region 1-3A. Here’s a look at those standings:
Unicoi County 3-0 6-1
Johnson County 3-0 5-1
Chuckey-Doak 1-2 3-4
West Greene 1-2 2-4
Claiborne 1-2 1-6
North Greene 0-3 0-6
WEEK SEVEN – Catholic evened its overall record at 3-3 and its Region 4-5A mark at 1-1 with its 30-12 win at Rhea County. The Eagles got on the scoreboard first, converting an Irish turnover into a 20-yard touchdown-scoring drive. Rhea County missed the extra point and held a 6-0 lead. The Irish answered, marching 73 yards on six plays. Keondre Jarmon covered the final 48 yards and, with the extra-point from Paxton Robertson, the Irish led, 7-6. Robertson added a 37-yard field goal with 4:43 remaining in the second quarter to give the Irish the lead at halftime, 10-6. Rhea County regained the lead in the third quarter, taking the second-half kickoff and moving 56 yards to the end zone. A two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Eagles ahead, 12-10. Once again the Irish answered, this time with an impressive 15-play, 73-yard drive that consumed 6:06 of the third-quarter clock. Cody Duncan went the final yard, and the Irish were ahead to stay. A 17-yard run from Tommy Winton capped a five-play, 91-yard drive early in the fourth quarter to up the Irish lead to 23-12. Jarmon scored from 10 yards to conclude a (cont’d)
six-play, 94-yard drive later in the final quarter to account for the final points of the evening. Jarmon rushed 24 times for 266 yards and two touchdowns on the evening. Winton added 62 yards on eight carries. Xavier Story paced the Irish defense with 15 tackles, including two for-loss and two sacks. Duncan added 11 stops and also recovered a fumble. Sam Sompayrac added ten tackles, including one for-loss. Javis Mynatt had two interceptions for the Irish.
WEEK SIX – Catholic fell to 2-3 overall on the 2018 season with its 40-3 loss at Brentwood Academy. The Eagles led, 7-0, after one quarter, then added a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to up their lead to 20-0. Paxton Robertson put the Irish on the board with his 21-yard field goal just before halftime. That score capped a nine-play, 76-yard drive. Brentwood Academy scored three touchdowns in the second half while keeping the Irish off the scoreboard. Keondre Jarmon paced the Irish rushing attack with 91 yards on 16 carries. Caden Buckles, who became the third Irish quarterback to start a game this season, was 10-of-18 through the air for 95 yards. Tommy Winton had five receptions for 40 yards. Xavier Story, Adam Margolis, and Chris Torres all had seven tackles to lead the Irish defense.
WEEK FIVE – Catholic saw its overall record even at 2-2 and its district mark go to 0-1 with its 17-7 home loss to Soddy-Daisy. The Trojans turned two Irish turnovers into touchdowns in the second quarter and added a field goal later in the quarter to take a 17-0 halftime lead. Catholic got on the board midway through the third stanza as Ray Thompson went in from one yard. That score capped a ten-play, 83-yard drive by the Irish. Drew Gregg was 13-of-23 passing for 168 yards on the evening, with Tommy Winton grabbing eight balls for 116 yards. Keondre Jarmon led the Irish rushing attack with 61 yards on 12 carries. Cooper Mays led Catholic’s defense with 16 tackles, including two for-loss and two sacks. Mays also caused a fumble and broke up a pass. Cody Duncan also had 16 tackles, including one for-loss and a sack. Xavier Story was also in double-digits, registering 11 stops.
WEEK FOUR – Catholic improved to 2-1 on the season with its 35-28 home win over Cleveland. The Irish spotted the Blue Raiders a 14-0 lead but tied the contest on a pair of Drew Gregg second-quarter touchdown passes. Gregg connected with Cody Duncan on a 27-yard strike, then hit Tommy Winton on a 61-yarder to even the score late in the first half. Cleveland took a 21-14 lead into halftime via a late second-quarter score. The Blue Raiders went ahead by 14 again late in the third quarter and held a 28-14 lead after three periods. Gregg’s third touchdown pass of the evening, a 27-yarder to Keondre Jarmon early in the final quarter, brought the Irish to within 21-14. Jarmon struck again less than two minutes later, racing 54 yards to paydirt and knotting the score at 28. A 19-yard run from Winton capped an 11-play, 77-yard drive with 1:32 remaining to provide the winning margin for the Irish. Making his first start, Gregg was 11-of-22 passing for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Winton was the top target, grabbing three balls for 124 yards. Jarmon rushed 12 times for 134 yards to pace the Irish ground attack. Alec Bindner recorded 16 tackles, including four for-loss, to lead the Catholic defense. Xavier Story had 13 tackles, with Duncan adding 11 stops, including two for-loss and a sack. In addition, JT Quinones collected his third interception of the season.
WEEK THREE – Catholic enjoyed an open date.
WEEK TWO – Catholic evened its record at 1-1 with its 35-16 home win over Baylor. Jack Jancek gave Catholic a 7-0 lead with his 17-yard run on the game’s opening possession. A 17-yard interception return from JT Quinones put the Irish ahead, 14-0, just a minute later. A 29-yard Jancek dash had the Irish ahead, 21-0, after the first quarter. A two-yard run from Drew Hicks late in the second quarter provided the Irish a 28-0 halftime lead. A seven-yard pass from Drew Gregg to Adam Jones midway through the third quarter pushed the Irish advantage to 35-0. A third-quarter safety and two fourth-quarter touchdowns provided Baylor’s points on the evening. Ray Thompson paced the Irish rushing attack with 49 yards on seven carries. Jancek added 43 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Gregg was 8-of-12 passing for 145 yards and a touchdown. Jones was the top target, grabbing eight balls for 97 yards and a score. Quinones led the Catholic defense with 12 tackles, two interceptions, and a caused fumble. Cody Duncan added nine stops, with Xavier Story collecting eight tackles.
WEEK ONE – Catholic opened its 2018 campaign with a 31-10 home loss to Maryville. The Irish scored on their opening possession of the season, marching 80 yards in 10 plays. Tommy Winton went in from nine yards to give the Irish a 7-0 lead just 3:32 into the game. Maryville tied the score with a touchdown of its own on the ensuing drive. Paxton Robertson gave Catholic its last lead of the contest midway through the second quarter with his 25-yard field goal. A Rebel touchdown, followed by a field goal as time expired in the second quarter, left them ahead, 17-10, at halftime. The Rebels scored two second-half touchdowns to account for the final margin. Jack Jancek was 14-of-25 passing for 139 yards on the evening. Jancek also led the Irish in rushing with 39 yards on 12 carries. Winton had nine receptions for 93 yards in addition to his touchdown run. Adam Jones led the Irish defense with 12 tackles, while Cody Duncan added 11 stops. Chris Torres had ten tackles, including one for-loss and a sack.
TEAM STATS – Catholic averages 338.3 yards per-game in total offense, including 183.3 yards on the ground and 155.0 yards through the air. Defensively, Catholic allows 269.0 yards per-game, including 171.3 yards on the ground and 97.8 yards through the air. Catholic averages 20.0 points per-game. Opponents average 264.0 points per-game.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS – Here’s a look at Catholic’s statistical leaders in various categories –
Rushing: Keondre Jarmon (75 att., 563 yds, 3 TD)
Passing: Drew Gregg (32-57-2, 561 yds, 4 TD)
Receiving: Tommy Winton (27 rec., 447 yds, 1 TD)
Interceptions: JT Quinones (3)
Scoring: Tommy Winton (24 points; 4 TD); Keondre Jarmon (24 points; 4 TD)
Paxton Robertson (24 points; 3/4 FG, 15/15 XP)
Tackles: Xavier Story (60)
PLAYERS OF NOTE
1 – Keondre Jarmon (RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Fr.): 24 att, 266 yds, 2 TD (48, 10), 1 rec, (-3) yds vs. Rhea County…16 att, 91 yds vs. Brentwood Academy…12 att, 61 yds vs. Soddy-Daisy…12 att, 134 yds, TD (54), 2 rec, 51 yds, TD (27) vs. Cleveland…6 att, 13 yds vs. Baylor…5 att, (-2) yds vs. Maryville…
3 – Jack Jancek (QB/DB, 6-4, 185, Jr.): 8 att, 43 yds, 2 TD (17, 29), 5-8-0, 60 yds, 3 tackles vs. Baylor…12 att, 39 yds, 14-25-1, 139 yds, 6 tackles vs. Maryville…
6 – Xavier Story (RB/LB, 5-10, 215, Sr.): 15 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks vs. Rhea County…1 rec, (-1) yds, 7 tackles vs. Brentwood Academy…2 rec, 18 yds, 11 tackles vs. Soddy-Daisy…13 tackles vs. Cleveland…8 tackles vs. Baylor…6 tackles vs. Maryville…
7 – Stiles Moore (DE, 6-3, 240, Jr.): 8 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks vs. Rhea County…2 tackles vs. Brentwood Academy…9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FR vs. Soddy-Daisy…5 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Baylor…6 tackles vs. Maryville…
9 – Adam Jones (WR/DB, 6-3, 175, Sr.): 2 rec, 34 yds, 5 tackles, 1 PBU vs. Cleveland…8 rec, 97 yds, 1 TD (7), 3 tackles vs. Baylor…1 rec, 16 yds, 12 tackles vs. Maryville…
10 – Caden Buckles (QB, 6-0, 190, Fr.): 10 att, 25 yds, 6-9-1, 38 yds vs. Rhea County…13 att, (-1) yds, 10-18-1, 95 yds vs. Brentwood Academy…4 att, 6 yds, 1-3-1, 24 yds vs. Soddy-Daisy…2-2-0, 13 yds vs. Baylor…
13 – Ray Thompson (RB/DB, 6-0, 190, Sr.): 5 att, 19 yds, 1 TD (1), 4 tackles vs. Soddy-Daisy…7 att, 49 yds, 1 rec, 3 yds, 4 tackles, 1 PBU vs. Baylor…7 att, 18 yds, 1 rec, 5 yds, 7 tackles vs. Maryville…
16 – Drew Gregg (QB/DB, 6-1, 170, So.): 7 att, 8 yds, 13-23-0, 168 yds vs. Soddy-Daisy…7 att, 19 yds, 11-22-2, 248 yds, 3 TD (27, 61, 27) vs. Cleveland…5 att, 36 yds, 8-12-0, 145 yds, 1 TD (7) vs. Baylor…
24 – Tommy Winton (RB/DB, 5-10, 175, Fr.): 8 att, 62 yds, TD (17), 1 rec, 16 yds, 3 KOR, 55 yds vs. Rhea County…2 att, 17 yds, 5 rec, 40 yds vs. Brentwood Academy…3 att, 16 yds, 8 rec, 116 yds, 2 KOR, 43 yds vs. Soddy-Daisy…5 att, 45 yds, 1 TD (19), 3 rec, 124 yds, 1 TD (61), 2 KOR, 54 yds vs. Cleveland…1 att, 4 yds, 1 rec, 58 yards vs. Baylor…3 att, 17 yds, 1 TD (9), 9 rec, 93 yds, 2 KOR, 57 yds vs. Maryville…
30 – Cody Duncan (RB/LB, 6-2, 215, Jr.): 3 att, (-2) yds, TD (1), 1 rec, (-1) yds, 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FR vs. Rhea County…1 att, 4 yds, 16 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack vs. Soddy-Daisy…5 att, 17 yds, 3 rec, 34 yds, 1 TD (27), 11 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack vs. Cleveland…2 att, 2 yds, 2 rec, 28 yds, 9 tackles vs. Baylor…6 att, 23 yds, 11 tackles vs. Maryville…
41 – JT Quinones (WR/LB, 5-10, 165, So.): 9 tackles, 5 TFL vs. Rhea County…3 tackles vs. Brentwood Academy…5 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Soddy-Daisy…8 tackles, 1 INT vs. Cleveland…12 tackles, 1 FC, 3 PBU, 2 INT, 1 TD (17) vs. Baylor…6 tackles vs. Maryville…
45 – Paxton Robertson (K, 6-1, 200, Jr.): 1/1 FG (37), 3/3 XP vs. Rhea County…1/1 FG (21) vs. Brentwood Academy…1/1 XP vs. Soddy-Daisy…5/5 XP vs. Cleveland…5/5 XP vs. Baylor…1/1 XP, 1/1 FG (25) vs. Maryville…
53 – Chris Torres (LB, 6-1, 210, Sr.): 5 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Rhea County…7 tackles vs. Brentwood Academy…3 tackles vs. Soddy-Daisy…4 tackles vs. Cleveland…4 tackles vs. Baylor…10 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack vs. Maryville…
78 – Cooper Mays (OL/DL, 6-3, 260, Jr.): 7 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Rhea County…5 tackles vs. Brentwood Academy…16 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FC vs. Soddy-Daisy…8 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Cleveland…6 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Baylor…7 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Maryville…
100-YARD RUSHERS – Catholic has had two 100-yard rushing efforts in 2018. Here’s a look:
PLAYER OPPONENT ATT-YDS-TD
Keondre Jarmon Cleveland 12-134-1
Keondre Jarmon Rhea County 24-266-2
225-YARDS PASSING – Drew Gregg has one 225-yard passing games this season. Here’s a look:
Cleveland 11-22-2, 248 yds, 3 TD
100-YARDS RECEIVING – Catholic has had two 100-yard receiving game this season. Here’s a look:
PLAYER OPPONENT REC-YDS-TD
Tommy Winton Cleveland 3-124-1
Tommy Winton Soddy-Daisy 8-116-0
ALL-PURPOSE MAN – Tommy Winton has 865 all-purpose yards this season. The breakdown includes 447 receiving yards, 257 kickoff return yards, and 161 rushing yards.
DOUBLE-DIGIT TACKLES – Catholic has had 12 double-digit tackle efforts this season. Here’s a look:
Player Opponent Tackles
Xavier Story Rhea County 15
Cody Duncan Rhea County 11
Sam Sompayrac Rhea County 10
Cody Duncan Soddy-Daisy 16
Cooper Mays Soddy-Daisy 16
Alec Bindner Cleveland 16
Xavier Story Cleveland 13
Cody Duncan Cleveland 11
JT Quinones Baylor 12
Adam Jones Maryville 12
Cody Duncan Maryville 11
Chris Torres Maryville 10
THE LAST GO ‘ROUND – Catholic’s 2018 roster includes nine seniors. Included are Xavier Story (RB/LB), Adam Jones (WR/DB), Ray Thompson (RB/DB), Adam Margolis (RB/LB), Chris Torres (RB/LB), Alec Bindner (OL/DL), Jordan Natour (OL/DL), Max Suchomski (K), and Adam Price (WR/DB).
ON THE STAFF – Serving as assistant coaches for the Irish are: Justin Anderson (Offensive Line), Sam Brown (Running Backs), Rodney Ellison (Tight Ends), Drew Franklin (Wide Receivers), Kevin Lane (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs), Kris White (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers), Geraud Hall (Defensive Ends), John Brewster (Defensive Tackles), Don Coffey (JV) and Tyler Teague (JV).
ON THE RADIO – Tonight’s game is being broadcast on WNML, The Sports Animal (99.1 FM). John Wilkerson handles play-by-play, while former Catholic quarterback and 1999 Mr. Football winner Rob Demastus adds commentary.
UP NEXT – Catholic plays its final regular-season home game next Friday as it plays host to Region 4-5A foe Walker Valley. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., at Blaine Stadium/Hollin Field.