Irish vs. Kingston –Homecoming Pre-game Summary Presented by “The General”

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  KINGSTON Yellow Jackets (0-5/0-2)


CATHOLIC Irish (5-0/1-0)

October 4, 2013

7:30 p.m.

Blaine Stadium/Hollin Field


SETTING THE SCENE – Catholic celebrates Homecoming…this game is Catholic’s second District 4AA game of the season…Catholic and Kingston meet for the first time since 2008…Irish lead the series, 4-0…Irish are ranked fourth in this week’s AP Class 4A poll… Catholic is competing in District 4AA in 2013 after competing in District 4AAA the previous four years…Irish have won 95 of their last 124 games… Irish had a season-high 13 tackles-for-loss in last week’s win at Hardin Valley…Jancek has 785 yards passing and seven touchdowns…Lacey leads Irish rushing attack…Catholic defense is allowing 182.2 yards per-game…Hamilton averaging 11.7 tackles per game…Hamilton has 11 sacks on the season…Catholic has four interception returns for touchdowns this year…Martinez and Souder each have three picks…Catholic is +10 in turnover margin…


THE RECORDS – Catholic is 5-0 in 2013, including a 1-0 mark in District 4AA. The Irish won at Hardin Valley last week, 15-14. Kingston is 0-5 overall this season and 0-2 in District 4AA. The Yellow Jackets lost last week at home to Lenoir City, 43-6.


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 5-0.


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).


SERIES VS. KINGSTON – Catholic leads the series with Kingston, 4-0. Here’s a look:

2005: Catholic 38, @Kingston 23

2006: @Catholic 28, Kingston 7

2007: Catholic 14, @Kingston 6

2008: @Catholic 8, Kingston 7


ASSOCIATED PRESS CLASS 4A TOP 10 – Catholic is ranked fourth in this week’s Associated Press Class 4A Top 10. Fulton is ranked first with 197 overall points and 18 first-place votes. The remainder of the Top 10 includes: 2. Greeneville (2/181); 3. Sullivan South (145); 4. Catholic (136); 5. Giles County (107); 6. Elizabethton (75); 7. Dyersburg (67); 8. Pearl-Cohn (52); 9. Knox. Carter (34); 10. Signal Mountain (33).


PICK SIX – Catholic’s defense has 11 interceptions this season and four have been returned for touchdowns. Will Martinez had a 33-yard return for six in Catholic’s 22-13 win over Notre Dame. Dominic Souder (27 yds.) and Augie Fortune (32 yds.) scored in Catholic’s 47-7 win at Coalfield. Chase Kuerschen had a 71-yard return for a score in Catholic’s 17-14 win over CAK.

TURNOVER MARGIN – Catholic is plus-ten in turnover margin this season. The Irish have lost three fumbles and thrown two interceptions. Opponents have lost four fumbles and thrown 11 interceptions.


RACK ’EM UP — Catholic has won 83 of its last 105 regular season games.


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

                        DISTRICT                OVERALL

Catholic          1-0                               5-0

Alcoa               1-0                               4-1

Scott                1-1                               5-1

CAK               1-1                               2-4

Kingston         0-2                               0-5


Last week’s results

Catholic 15, Hardin Valley 14

Alcoa 42, Heritage 7

Lenoir City 43, Kingston 6

Grace Christian 27, CAK 13

Scott 28, Union County 27


Friday’s games

Kingston @ Catholic

Alcoa @ Scott

Open Date — CAK

TEAM STATS — Catholic averages 276.2 yards per-game in total offense, including 119.2 yards on the ground and 157 yards through the air. Defensively, Catholic allows 182.2 yards per-game, including 83.8 yards on the ground and 98.4 yards through the air. Catholic averages 25.0 points per-game. Opponents average 10.8 points per-game.


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

Rushing: Logan Lacey (50 att., 239 yds, 1 TD)

Passing: Zac Jancek (60-109-2, 785 yds, 7 TD)

Receiving: Will Martinez (13 rec., 162 yds, 0 TD); Logan Lacey (13 rec., 130 yds., 2 TD)

Interceptions: Will Martinez (3); Dominic Souder (3)

Scoring: Wyatt Price (33 points)

Tackles: David Hamilton (58.5)


DOUBLE-DIGIT TACKLES – Here’s a look at Catholic’s double-digit tackle efforts this season:

Player                         Opponent       Tackles

David Hamilton          Tyner               18.5

David Hamilton          Coalfield         13

Josh Silvey                  Tyner               12

Eric White                   CAK               12

Josh Silvey                  Hardin Valley11.5

David Hamilton          Hardin Valley10

Eric Perfetto                Hardin Valley10


BEHIND THE LINE – Catholic has 26.5 tackles-for-loss and 18 sacks this season, David Hamilton leads the Irish in both categories with 9.5 TFL’s and 11 sacks.


ALL-PURPOSE MAN – Will Martinez has 308 all-purpose yards this season. The breakdown includes 162 receiving yards, 75 punt return yards, and 71 kickoff return yards.


RIGHT COLOR JERSEYS – Zac Jancek is 60-of-109 passing this season with only two interceptions. One of those picks was a last-ditch toss toward the end zone on a half-ending play.


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 (winner)

David Hamilton          Defense           CAK               8.5 tackles, 3.5 sacks 

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. 

UP NEXT – Catholic visits non-district foe Anderson County next week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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