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

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 CATHOLIC Irish (1-0)


COALFIELD Yellow Jackets (1-0)

August 30, 2013

7:30 p.m.

Harlan Walls Stadium/Rochelle Field

Click Here for Directions to the Coalfield Stadium

 SETTING THE SCENE – Catholic plays its first road game of the season…Irish are ranked ninth in this week’s AP Class 4A poll…Coalfield is ranked first in this week’s AP Class 1A poll…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…Jancek passed for 221 yards and two scores in season-opening win over Notre Dame…Anderson was top receiving target last week… Lacey led Irish rushing attack…Hamilton topped team in tackles… 

THE RECORDS – Catholic is 1-0 in 2013. The Irish opened their season with a 22-13 win at home over Notre Dame. Coalfield is also 1-0 this season. The Yellow Jackets defeated Copper Basin, 54-0, last week. 

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 1-0.  

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 ninth in this week’s Associated Press Class 4A Top 10. Fulton is ranked first with 142 overall points and 14 first-place votes. The remainder of the Top 10 includes: 2. Greeneville (110); 3. Giles County (103); 4. Signal Mountain (79); 5. Dyersburg (61); 6. Crockett County (59); 7. Sullivan South (58); 8. Elizabethton (1/51); 9. Catholic (31); 10. Lexington (25). 

ASSOCIATED PRESS CLASS 1A TOP 10 – Coalfield is ranked first in this week’s Associated Press Class 1A Top 10. The Yellow Jackets received 10 first-place votes and 144 overall. The remainder of the Top 10 includes: 2. South Pittsburg (4/131); 3. Greenback (87); 4. Moore County (86); 5. Humboldt (76); 6. Dresden (64); 7. Gordonsville (63); t8. Nashville Christian (39); t8. Cloudland (1/39); 10. Jo Byrns (33). 

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). 

RACK ’EM UP — Catholic has won 79 of its last 101 regular season games. 

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

                        DISTRICT                OVERALL

Catholic          0-0                               1-0

Alcoa               0-0                               1-0

CAK               0-0                               1-0

Scott                0-0                               1-0

Kingston         0-0                               0-0

 Friday’s games

Catholic @ Coalfield

Maryville @ Alcoa

Powell @ CAK

Cumberland County @ Scott

Grace @ Kingston

 Last week’s results

Catholic 22, Notre Dame 13

Alcoa 38, Smith County 0

CAK 35 FRA 10

Scott 61, McCreary County (Ky.) 0

Open — Kingston

 WEEK ZERO – Catholic opened its 2013 season with a 22-13 home win over Notre Dame. Will Martinez posted Catholic’s first touchdown of the year with his 33-yard interception return late in the first quarter. Martinez was nominated for PrepXtra Defensive Player of the Week for his performance, which also included three pass breakups. A 26-yard pass from Zac Jancek to Logan Lacey upped the lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter. Following a Notre Dame score, the Irish moved to a 22-7 halftime lead as Jancek connected with Jordan Anderson on a 24-yard scoring strike. A Notre Dame touchdown late in the third quarter provided the final margin. The Irish had 323 yards in total offense on the evening. Jancek was 16-of-23 passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson was his top target, grabbing seven balls for 94 yards. Lacey led the Irish rushing attack with 59 yards on 12 carries. David Hamilton led the Irish defense, which allowed just 107 yards, with 8.5 tackles, including three sacks. Eric White had 5.5 tackles.

 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

 TEAM STATS — Catholic averages 323 yards per-game in total offense, including 102 yards on the ground and 221 yards through the air. Defensively, Catholic allows 107 yards per-game, including 47 yards on the ground and 60 yards through the air. Catholic averages 22 points per-game. Opponents average 13 points per-game.

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

Rushing: Logan Lacey (12 att., 59 yds, 0 TD)

Passing: Zac Jancek (16-23-1, 221 yds, 2 TD)

Receiving: Jordan Anderson (7 rec., 94 yds, 1 TD)

Interceptions: Will Martinez (1)

Scoring: Logan Lacey, Jordan Anderson, Will Martinez (6 points)

Tackles: David Hamilton (8.5)

 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 begins District 4AA play next Friday as it plays host to CAK. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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