Irish vs. CAK — Pre-game summary presented by “The General”

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CAK Warriors (1-1/0-0)


CATHOLIC Irish (2-0/0-0)

September 6, 2013

7:30 p.m.

Blaine Stadium/Hollin Field 


SETTING THE SCENE – Catholic plays its first district game of the season…Irish are ranked seventh in this week’s AP Class 4A poll…CAK is ranked fourth in this week’s AP Class 3A poll…Catholic begins competition in District 4AA in 2013 after competing in District 4AAA the previous four years…Irish have won 92 of their last 121 games…Jancek has more than 400 yards passing and five touchdowns…Irish defense allowing just 112 yards per-game in total offense…Hamilton averaging more than 10 tackles per game…Catholic has three interception returns for touchdowns this year…Catholic is +2 in turnover margin… 

THE RECORDS – Catholic is 2-0 in 2013. The Irish opened their season with a 22-13 win at home over Notre Dame, then won last week at Coalfield, 47-7. CAK is 1-1 this season. The Warriors won at Franklin Road Academy, 35-10, then lost at home last week to Powell, 42-41. 

ON THE SIDELINE – Steve Matthews is in his first year at the helm of the Irish. He also serves 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. His record at Catholic is 2-0.  

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 McDonald (Defensive Line), J.J. Surlas (Outside Linebackers), Jason Surlas (Defensive Backs), Billy Anderson (JV/Freshmen), David Ball (Strength & Conditioning). 

ASSOCIATED PRESS CLASS 4A TOP 10 – Catholic is ranked seventh in this week’s Associated Press Class 4A Top 10. Fulton is ranked first with 146 overall points and 12 first-place votes. The remainder of the Top 10 includes: 2. Greeneville (3/134); 3. Giles County (119); t4. Crockett County (87); t4. Sullivan South (87); 6. Signal Mountain (80); 7. Catholic (56); 8. Lexington (35); 9. Elizabethton (23); 10. Dyersburg (22). 

ASSOCIATED PRESS CLASS 3A TOP 10 – CAK is ranked fourth in this week’s Associated Press Class 3A Top 10. CPA is ranked first with 11 first-place votes and 146 overall. The remainder of the Top 10 includes: 2. Alcoa (3/123); 3. Fairview (110); 4. CAK (1/105); 5. Gatlinburg-Pittman (97); 6. Sullivan North (64); 7. Polk County (57); 8. Notre Dame (45); 9. Tyner (40); 10. David Lipscomb (8). 

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).

RACK ’EM UP — Catholic has won 80 of its last 102 regular season games. 

DISTRICT 4AA STANDINGS – Here’s a look at the 2013 District 4AA standings:

                        DISTRICT                OVERALL

Catholic          0-0                               2-0

Scott                0-0                               2-0

Alcoa               0-0                               1-1

CAK               0-0                               1-1

Kingston         0-0                               0-1


Friday’s games

CAK @ Catholic

Kingston @ Scott

Open — Alcoa


Last week’s results

Catholic 47, Coalfield 7

Maryville 31, Alcoa 2

Powell 42, CAK 41

Scott 48, Cumberland County 21

Grace Christian 34, Kingston 6

WEEK ONE – Catholic moved its record to 2-0 with a 47-7 win at Coalfield. Logan Lacey grabbed a six-yard scoring strike from Zac Jancek midway through the first quarter to give the Irish a 7-0 lead. After Coalfield tied the game on its ensuing drive, the Irish went ahead to stay on a 29-yard pass from Jancek to Jordan Anderson. Just more than two minutes later Jancek connected on a 73-yard catch and run to Elijah Brown. Dominic Souder moved Catholic to a 28-7 halftime lead with his 27-yard interception return. Two Wyatt Price field goals (31 and 30 yards), sandwiched around a 32-yard interception return for six by Augie Fortune, gave the Irish a 41-7 led after three quarters.  Jermaine Buchannon had a three-yard touchdown run late in the contest to end the scoring. Jancek was 13-of-20 passing for 216 yards and three touchdowns, while Buchannon topped the Irish rushing attack with 86 yards on 11 carries. Catholic had 389 yards in total offense on the night. The Irish defense limited Coalfield to 117 total yards. David Hamilton had 13 tackles, while Souder had seven stops in addition to his interception. Price was five-of-five on his extra points to go along with his two field goals. 

PREPXTRA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Here is a list of players who have been nominated for PrepXtra Player of the Week this season:

Player                         Off./Def          Opponent                   Stats   

Will Martinez              Defense           Notre Dame                33-yd int ret for TD, 3 PBU

Dominic Souder          Defense           Coalfield                     27-yd int ret for TD, 2 PBU


TEAM STATS — Catholic averages 356 yards per-game in total offense, including 137.5 yards on the ground and 218.5 yards through the air. Defensively, Catholic allows 112 yards per-game, including 78 yards on the ground and 34 yards through the air. Catholic averages 34.5 points per-game. Opponents average 10 points per-game. 

INDIVUDUAL LEADERS  Here’s a look at Catholic’s statistical leaders in various categories –

Rushing: Jermaine Buchannon (11 att., 86 yds, 1 TD)

Passing: Zac Jancek (29-43-1, 437 yds, 5 TD)

Receiving: Jordan Anderson (11 rec., 140 yds, 2 TD)

Interceptions: Will Martinez (1); Dominic Souder (1); Augie Fortune (1)

Scoring: Wyatt Price (13 points)

Tackles: David Hamilton (21.5)  

PICK SIX – Catholic’s defense has three interceptions this season and all have been returned for touchdowns. Will Martinez had a 33-yard return for six in Catholic’s 22-13 win over Notre Dame, while Dominic Souder (27 yds.) and Augie Fortune (32 yds.) scored in Catholic’s 47-7 win at Coalfield.  

TURNOVER MARGIN – Catholic is plus-two in turnover margin this season. The Irish have lost one fumble and thrown one interception. Opponents have lost one fumble and thrown three interceptions. 

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).).  

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. 

ON TV — Tonight’s game is being broadcast on 10News2. Russell Biven provides play-by-play, while Tony Rogers offers commentary. 

UP NEXT – Catholic has an open date next week. The Irish will travel to Chattanooga Tyner on Sept. 20.

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