KNOXVILLE — Knoxville Catholic High School’s football team has had its share of adversity and injuries in 2018 as it attempts to defend its Class 5A state championship.
But the Irish didn’t encounter much resistance in their Region 4-5A game against winless Walker Valley Friday night, Oct. 12, in KCHS’s Blaine Stadium. After honoring its seniors, Catholic posted a 49-7 victory.
The Irish (5-3 overall, 2-1 in region) started fast — all the game’s scoring occurred over the first 24 minutes.
Freshman running back Keondre’ Jarmon had a 3-yard touchdown run. Kicker Paxton Robertson added the first of several extra points.
Freshman quarterback Caden Buckles connected with fellow freshman Tommy Winton on a 6-yard scoring strike to make it 14-0. Buckles had a big night, completing 7-for-8 passes for 165 yards two touchdowns. He hit Stiles Moore for a 27-yard score.
Buckles also caught a touchdown pass from Winton.
“My first game was against (Brentwood Academy) and I honestly think that kind of start was good for me,” Buckles said. “I learned a few things, and now I’m 3-1 as a starter, and now I know my team believes in me.”
“It seems like we have freshmen all over the place,” KCHS head coach Steve Matthews said. “That’s nice because now we can really open up the playbook.”