PRE-GAME NOTES: Catholic vs. West Valley

WALKER VALLEY Mustangs (0-7/0-2)
CATHOLIC Irish (4-3/1-1)
October 12, 2018
Blaine Stadium/Hollin Field
7:30 p.m.

SETTING THE SCENE – Catholic plays its final regular-season home game…the Irish lead the series with Walker Valley, 1-0…Irish won last year’s game, 63-42, in Cleveland… Irish have posted five consecutive 10-win seasons…Irish have won 148 of their last 195 games…Winton leads the Irish in receiving…Winton has two 100-yard receiving games…Jarmon tops the rushing charts…Jarmon has two 100-yard rushing games this season…Winton has 1,049 all-purpose yards…Winton rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win…Story tops the tackle chart with 63…Moore and Quinones have seven tackles for-loss…Quinones has three interceptions…Catholic defense holding opponents to less than 240 yards per-game…


THE RECORDS – Catholic is 4-3 in 2018, including a 1-1 mark in Region 4-5A. The Irish won at West Greene last week, 49-6. Walker Valley is 0-7 this year, including a 0-2 mark in Region 4-5A. The Mustangs lost at home to Red Bank, 58-6, 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 67-29, and his record at Catholic is 57-18. 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 (4-3/1-1) Walker Valley (0-7/0-2)

8/17 Maryville L, 31-10 8/16 Chattanooga Central L, 40-28
8/24 Baylor W, 35-16 8/24 @Bradley Central L, 41-2

8/31 Open Date 8/31 @Rhea County* L, 49-10

9/7 Cleveland W, 35-28 9/7 Stone Memorial L, 34-14

9/14 Soddy-Daisy* L, 17-7 9/14 Open Date

9/21 @Brentwood Acad. L, 40-3 9/21 Cleveland L, 43-0

9/28 @Rhea County* W, 30-12 9/28 Lenoir City* L, 47-14

10/5 @West Greene W, 49-6 10/5 Red Bank L, 58-6

10/12 Walker Valley* 10/12 @Catholic*

10/19 Open Date 10/19 @McMinn County

10/26 @Lenoir City* 10/26 Soddy-Daisy*

*Denotes Region 4-5A game

SERIES VS. WALKER VALLEY – Catholic leads the series with Walker Valley, 1-0. Here’s a look:

2017: Catholic 63, @Walker Valley 42


LAST YEAR VS. WALKER VALLEY – Catholic improved to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in Region 4-5A with its 63-42 win at Walker Valley. The Irish led 42-0 after the first quarter and 56-14 at halftime. Dashon Bussell put the Irish on the board just 37 seconds into the contest with his 30-yard run. Two Jack Sompayrac touchdown passes – 20 yards to Cameron Blakely and 76 yards to DJ Mitchell – had Catholic ahead, 21-0, midway through the first quarter. A seven-yard run from Joshua Brown upped the score to 28-0, and a second Sompayrac-to-Blakely connection, this a 41-yarder, moved the score to 35-0. After a 6-for-7 effort for 205 yards and three touchdowns, the night ended early for Sompayrac and the rest of the Irish offensive starters. The scoring continued however, as Jack Jancek passed 36 yards to Adam Jones to put the Irish ahead, 42-0, after one period. A six-yard dash from Taylor Shannon early in the second quarter upped the margin to 49-0. Following a Walker Valley touchdown, a 26-yard run from Cooper Whitt had the Irish out front, 56-7. A Mustang score on the final play of the second quarter left the score 56-14 at halftime. Nicklaus Iverson scored Catholic’s final touchdown as he raced 67 yards to paydirt late in the contest. With reserves seeing the bulk of the night’s action, 14 different players had carries for the Irish. Iverson led the way with 99 yards on five totes. Whitt added 35 yards on four carries. Four different quarterbacks saw action, and eight players had receptions. Blakely led in that category with three grabs for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Xavier Story led the Irish defense with eight tackles. Jancek added seven stops and collected his third interception of the year. Cade Mays had five tackles, including two for-loss and a sack. Whitt and Kaden White also had five tackles. Logan Bruce had four tackles, including a TFL and sack, and also caused a fumble.    


RACK ‘EM UP – Catholic has won 121 of its last 157 regular-season games.


FIVE FOR TEN – Catholic has posted five consecutive 10-win seasons. Here’s a look:

2013: 10-4

2014: 10-2

2015: 11-4

2016: 10-2

2017: 12-3


TURNOVER MARGIN – Catholic is minus-one in turnover margin in 2018. The Irish have thrown seven interceptions and lost four fumbles. Opponents have thrown eight 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:


Lenoir City 2-1 5-3

Rhea County 2-1 4-3

Catholic 1-1 4-3

Soddy-Daisy 1-1 3-3

Walker Valley 0-2 0-7


Last week’s results

Catholic 49, @West Greene 6

@Lenoir City 43, Stone Memorial 21

Red Bank 58, @Walker Valley 6

@Rhea County 27, Marion County 14

@Bradley Central 42, Soddy-Daisy 8


Friday’s Games

Walker Valley @ Catholic

Rhea County @ Soddy-Daisy

Open Date – Lenoir City


WEEK EIGHT – Catholic moved its overall record to 4-3 on the season with its 49-6 non-region win at West Greene. Tommy Winton put the Irish on the board just four plays into the contest with his 38-yard run. Winton was back in the end zone on Catholic’s next possession, taking a Caden Buckles pass 12 yards to paydirt. A four-yard run from Keondre Jarmon had the Irish ahead, 21-0, after one quarter. Winton scored his third touchdown of the evening early in the second quarter as he rambled 72 yards. A second Buckles touchdown pass, a 36-yarder to Xavier Story, upped the margin to 35-0 midway through the second quarter. Buckles provided a one-yard scoring plunge later in the period to give the Irish a 42-0 lead at halftime. Nicklaus Iverson concluded Catholic’s scoring with his 40-yard run midway through the third period. West Greene got on the scoreboard with a one-yard run on the game’s final play. Winton had 169 yards rushing on just four carries to pace the Irish ground attack. Jarmon added 95 yards on seven carries. Connor Cress paced the Irish defense with six tackles. Stiles Moore had three tackles, and all were for losses. Story had three stops, including a TFL and a sack, while Cole Jenkins collected an interception. Catholic held West Greene to just 55 yards in total offense on the evening.


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 (cont’d)   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 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 (cont’d)    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 348.7 yards per-game in total offense, including 206.0 yards on the ground and 142.7 yards through the air. Defensively, Catholic allows 238.4 yards per-game, including 151.0 yards on the ground and 87.4 yards through the air. Catholic averages 24.1 points per-game. Opponents average 21.4 points per-game.


INDIVIDUAL LEADERS – Here’s a look at Catholic’s statistical leaders –

Rushing: Keondre Jarmon (82 att., 658 yds, 4 TD)

Passing: Drew Gregg (32-57-2, 561 yds, 4 TD)

Receiving: Tommy Winton (28 rec., 459 yds, 2 TD)

Interceptions: JT Quinones (3)

Scoring: Tommy Winton (42 points; 7 TD)

Tackles: Xavier Story (63)




1 – Keondre Jarmon (RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Fr.): 7 att, 95 yds, TD (4), 1 rec, 14 yds vs. West Greene…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.): 1 rec, 36 yds (TD), 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack vs. West Greene…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.): 3 tackles, 3 TFL vs. West Greene…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.): 3 att, 2 yds, TD (1), 4-8-1, 69 yds, 2 TD (12, 36) vs. West Greene…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.): 1 tackle vs. West Greene…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.): 4 att, 169 yds, 2 TD (38, 72), 1 rec, 12 yds (TD) vs. West Greene…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 tackles, 1 TFL vs. West Greene…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.): 1 tackle, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 1/1 XP vs. West Greene…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.): 6/6 XP vs. West Greene…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.): 2 tackles, 2 TFL vs. West Greene…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 three 100-yard rushing efforts in 2018. Here’s a look:


Keondre Jarmon Cleveland 12-134-1

Keondre Jarmon Rhea County 24-266-2

Tommy Winton West Greene 4-169-2


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:

Tommy Winton Cleveland 3-124-1

Tommy Winton Soddy-Daisy 8-116-0


ALL-PURPOSE MAN – Tommy Winton has 1,049 all-purpose yards this season. The breakdown includes 459 receiving yards, 257 kickoff return yards, 330 rushing yards, and three punt return 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 (P), 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 has an open date next Friday. The Irish conclude their regular season October 26, when they travel to Region 4-5A foe Lenoir City.