Irish vs. Tyner Academy Pre-Game Summary Presented by “The General”
CATHOLIC Irish (3-0)
TYNER Rams (0-3)
September 20, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE – Catholic plays the first of two consecutive non-district road games…Irish are ranked fourth in this week’s AP Class 4A poll…Catholic begins competition in District 4AA in 2013 after competing in District 4AAA the previous four years…Irish have won 93 of their last 122 games…Jancek has 540 yards passing and five touchdowns…Irish defense allowing less than 200 yards per-game in total offense…Hamilton averaging 10 tackles per game…Catholic has four interception returns for touchdowns this year…Irish have returned an interception for a touchdown in every game this season…Catholic is +5 in turnover margin…
THE RECORDS – Catholic is 3-0 in 2013. The Irish opened their season with a 22-13 win at home over Notre Dame, won at Coalfield, 47-7, and defeated CAK at home, 17-14 in overtime. The Irish had an open date last week. Tyner is 0-3 this season. The Rams lost at Signal Mountain, 49-28, and at Hixon, 48-35. Tyner lost its home-opener last week to Ooltewah, 31-16.
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 3-0.
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).
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 187 overall points and 17 first-place votes. The remainder of the Top 10 includes: 2. Greeneville (2/173); 3. Sullivan South (38); 4. Catholic (119); 5. Signal Mountain (109); 6. Lexington (87); 7. Giles County (84); 8. Elizabethton (60); 9. Dyersburg (40); 10. Crockett County (39).
PICK SIX – Catholic’s defense has six 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-five in turnover margin this season. The Irish have lost two fumbles and thrown two interceptions. Opponents have lost three fumbles and thrown six interceptions.
RACK ’EM UP — Catholic has won 81 of its last 103 regular season games.
DISTRICT 4AA STANDINGS – Here’s a look at the 2013 District 4AA standings:
Scott 1-0 4-0
Catholic 1-0 3-0
Alcoa 0-0 2-1
CAK 0-1 1-3
Kingston 0-1 0-3
Catholic @ Tyner
Scott @ CAK
Alcoa @ Kingston
Last week’s results
Alcoa 35, McMinn County 14
Scott 51, Wartburg 18
Rockwood 20, Kingston 19
Open Date — Catholic
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
TEAM STATS — Catholic averages 305 yards per-game in total offense, including 125 yards on the ground and 180 yards through the air. Defensively, Catholic allows 190 yards per-game, including 87.3 yards on the ground and 102.7 yards through the air. Catholic averages 28.7 points per-game. Opponents average 11.3 points per-game.
INDIVUDUAL LEADERS – Here’s a look at Catholic’s statistical leaders in various categories –
Rushing: Logan Lacey (29 att., 149 yds, 0 TD)
Passing: Zac Jancek (41-66-2, 540 yds, 5 TD)
Receiving: Jordan Anderson (11 rec., 140 yds, 2 TD)
Interceptions: Will Martinez (2); Dominic Souder (2)
Scoring: Wyatt Price (18 points)
Tackles: David Hamilton (30)
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 travels to Hardin Valley next week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.