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A strong finishing kick

Anderson’s 2-point conversion kick follows Grelyn’s TD run in OT, as Farragut Youth Football 10-U team wins Knox Metro Youth League title

KNOXVILLE — There was no hesitation from the Farragut Youth Football 10-U coaching staff: the Knox Metro Youth Football League title would be on the foot of Anderson Glover.

And head coach Jason Martin’s team ended up getting a kick out of going for two, though a miss would have meant defeat.

Anderson came through under pressure, carefully approaching the ball and hitting the 20-yard kick flush — with the help of long-snapper Bode Benevicz and holder William Scott — nailing the 2-point attempt to give FYF an 8-7 overtime win against top-seed Catholic Thursday night, Nov. 12, at the John Tarleton Football complex.

“We didn’t hesitate one bit,” Martin said. “Robbie (Jacobs, offensive coordinator) and I looked at each other, and we said, ‘kick it. Let’s win it.’

“Before the game he probably kicked 20 or 25, and was nailing just about every one of them.”

A 2-yard scoring run by Grelyn Gordon cut Catholic’s overtime lead to 7-6.

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Despite Dunn’s 304 yards, 5 TDs, Warriors out of playoffs

KNOXVILLE — First impressions were deceiving: Goodpasture Christian actually was held three-and-out and punted on its first possession against undefeated Christian Academy of Knoxville.

The rest of the evening, however, would be total domination for the Cougars’ offense, led in the first half by the big-play passing of quarterback Cooper Pennington, and in the second half by darting runs from Brendan Jones.

Goodpasture (9-2) scored nine touchdowns — and if not for the hustle of CAK junior defensive back Grant Sterchi to strip a wide open Cougars receiver of the football near the goal line and recover it in the end zone, it would have been 10 — ending the Warriors’ season (11-1) 61-43 in the Division II-AA playoff quarterfinals Friday night, Nov. 13, at Christian Academy.

As for the issues with stopping the Cougars’ passing game, CAK head coach Travis Mozingo cited “miscommunication in the secondary ... we had some breakdowns there.”

As for Jones’ running, “We kind of got pushed around a little bit,” he added.

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Dunn, Bradley named Mr. Football state semifinalists

Two Fararagut area high school football stars have been named Tennessee Titans Mr. Football state semifinals for 2020.

Junior J.D. Dunn, Christian Academy of Knoxville running back, and senior Jackson Bradley, Webb School of Knoxville offensive and defensive lineman, were among five in Division II-AA selected statewide. Finalists named Nov. 17.

Looking ahead, in different ways, at Knox Catholic

Kuerschen, volleyball star, signs with Penn State; young Irish footballers grab momentum for 2021

Looking ahead for a Knoxville Catholic Lady Irish star athlete means one thing.

Looking ahead for the KCHS football team means something totally different.

Kuerschen to Penn St.

Cassie Kuerschen, volleyball star libero, signed with NCAA power Penn State during a ceremony in All Saints Catholic Parish Thursday afternoon, Nov. 12 (see photo, left).

Strong football finish

Though the combination of a murderous schedule and lengthy COVID-19 season delays made 2020 especially trying for Steve Matthews’ KCHS football team, the youthful Irish ended the season strong against a stout defense.

Manhandling Ensworth 43-20 in KCHS’s Blaine Stadium Friday night, Nov. 6, to finish the season 5-4 overall, 2-3 in Division II-AAA East Region, “I was proud of the way our guys played,” Matthews said.

Despite its final record of 3-7, 0-5, “Ensworth has been the top defense in our region,” Matthews said. “They lost to McCallie (the week before playing Catholic) 10-0. And the week before that, they lost to Brentwood Academy (now 11-0 and a state playoff semifinalist) 16-7,” adding this team’s defensive talent included “Ohio State commits and all kinds of SEC offers.”

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