Inagural Irish Bowl -Pre-game summary presented by “The General”
NOTRE DAME Irish (0-0)
CATHOLIC Irish (0-0)
August 23, 2013
Blaine Stadium/Hollin Field
SETTING THE SCENE – Catholic opens its regular-season…tonight’s game is the Irish Bowl…Catholic begins competition in District 4AA in 2013 after competing in District 4AAA the previous four years…Irish have won 91 of their last 120 games…Lacey is Catholic’s returning leader in rushing, receiving, and tackles…
THE RECORDS – Catholic was 4-6 in 2012, including a 2-5 mark in District 4AAA. Notre Dame was 9-3 overall last year. The Irish reached the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, where they lost to Giles County.
ON THE SIDELINE – Steve Matthews is in his first year at the helm of the Irish. He will also serve as Catholic’s offensive coordinator. Matthews comes to Catholic from Siegel 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 10-10 record. He also served as QB/WR coach at Tullahoma, his high school alma mater, from 2004-2007. Matthews played collegiately at Tennessee and Memphis.
ON THE STAFF – Serving as assistant coaches for the Irish are: Les Greer (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers), Justin Anderson (Offensive Line), Sam Brown (Running Backs), Drew Franklin (Wide Receivers), Marcus MacDonald (Defensive Line), J.J. Surlas (Outside Linebackers), Jason Surlas (Defensive Backs), Billy Anderson (JV/Freshmen), David Ball (Strength & Conditioning).
RACK ’EM UP — Catholic has won 78 of its last 100 regular season games.
DISTRICT FOES – Catholic participates in Class 4A. The Irish are in District 4AA, which includes (playoff bracket in parentheses): Alcoa (3A), CAK (3A), Kingston (3A), and Scott (4A).
THE LAST GO ‘ROUND – Catholic’s 2013 roster includes 23 seniors. Included are Nick Lentz (QB/DB), Eric White (WR/LB), Elijah Brown (WR/DB), Jerome Rehmann (RB/DB), Harrison Huber (WR/DB), John Mark Broussard (RB/LB), Derek Connolly (WR/DB), Mike Devrnja (WR/DB), Morgan West (TE/DB), Erik Perfetto (RB/LB), Will Martinez (WR/DB), Michael Ernst (RB/LB), Wyatt Price (K), David Hamilton (WR/LB), Nicholas Natour (OL/DL), Joe Willenborg (OL/LB), Dwight Jessie (OL/DL), Evan Nelson (OL/DL), Corey Patton (OL/LB), Sean Nicholson (OL/DL), Matt Carroll (OL/DL), Patrick McFall (OL/DL), and Logan Irwin (OL/DL).).
TEAM STATS — Catholic averaged 323.9 yards per-game in total offense last year, including 260.9 yards on the ground and 63 yards through the air. Defensively, Catholic allowed 317.3 yards per-game, including 163.7 yards on the ground and 153.6 yards through the air. Catholic averaged 20 points per-game. Opponents averaged 23.4 points per-game.
RETURNING STAT LEADERS – Here’s a look at Catholic’s returning statistical leaders in various categories –
Rushing: Logan Lacey (71 att., 359 yds, 6 TD)
Receiving: Logan Lacey (14 rec., 166 yds, 1 TD)
Interceptions: Jordan Anderson (1); Logan Lacey (1)
Scoring: Logan Lacey (42 points/7 TD)
Tackles: Logan Lacey (75), Eric White (61)
DISTRICT 4AA STANDINGS – Here’s a look at the 2013 District 4AA standings:
Catholic 0-0 0-0
Alcoa 0-0 0-0
CAK 0-0 0-0
Kingston 0-0 0-0
Scott 0-0 0-0
Notre Dame @ Catholic
Alcoa @ Smith County
CAK @ FRA
Scott @ McCreary County (Ky.)
Open — Kingston
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 Tennessee Vol David Ligon adds commentary.
UP NEXT – Catholic travels to Coalfield next Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.