Irish fall at No. 1 Fulton

Catholic linebacker Jones Albritton (44) and defensive back Jeffrey Woods force a fumble by Fulton receiver Domonique Williams. The Irish recovered, but lost 51-14. It didn’t seem to matter that Knoxville Catholic’s defense would come up with a number of impressive stops against lightning fast Fulton Friday night.

The two-time defending Class 4A state champion Falcons simply broke a series of long scoring plays, their trademark, during this chilly Nov. 14 second round TSSAA playoff game.

Also effective in largely taking away the Irish deep passing game, while keeping explosive sophomore running back Amari Rodgers in check most of the way, top-ranked and undefeated Fulton rolled to a 51-14 home victory.

Catholic’s season ends with a 10-2 record. Fulton extends the program’s winning streak to 33.

Steve Matthews, Irish head coach, said Fulton’s speed “was kind of a shock to our system early on both sides of the ball.
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BHS teams up the pressure, sweep Grainger

Bearden point guard Holly Hagood (10) is all intensity while guarding Grainger County point guard Kylie Cabbage. The Lady Bulldogs won 70-60. While sweeping Grainger County in its varsity basketball home season openers Saturday night, Bearden’s boys and girls hit the accelerator pedal at different times.

Justin Underwood’s Lady Bulldogs actually trailed for much of the first two-and-half quarters before a late third-quarter spurt — with crisp passing, deadeye shooting and dominant rebounding and board work from then on — turned the tide Nov. 14.

“The first half we looked like we were sleepwalking, the gym was really quiet,” Underwood, BHS head coach, said about a 70-60 win. “I challenged them at halftime to really come out communicating with each other on the floor and try and share the basketball. They did that really well for about a quarter-and-a-half.” Both Grainger teams fell to 1-1.

Meanwhile, a pair of juniors sparked Mark Blevins’ Bearden boys after the visiting Grizzlies were tied with the Bulldogs 14-14 after one period.

“We had two exceptional games: Quez Fair had a great defensive/offensive game. He ended up with seven steals, five deflects and 20 points,” Blevins, head coach, said about his junior point guard after a 68-54 win. “Quez has been phenomenal defensively. He’s the guy that makes us go.”
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Effort questioned as FHS hockey falls to Knights in opener

As good as the Knights looked in a 9-2 win against Farragut to open the KAHA High School League season, “I don’t think our team gave much of an effort.”

That was only one sentence of many critical comments from FHS head coach Jeff Lindsay following the Thursday, Nov. 13, game in the Icearium. “Offensively we didn’t pressure them with the puck, we just stood back and let them skate it out.

“Defensively we backed right in,” Lindsay added. “Our goalie [Tatum McGill] made some good saves, but she didn’t get a whole lot of help. I don’t know if it was first-game jitters or what.

“We really did not play good.”

Farragut goals came from freshman John Barckhoff in the first period and junior Steven Popovich in the third. Both goals were assisted by senior Kyle Lindsay. The Knights led in shots-on-goal 27-12.
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Spartans roll, two wins from football state title ‘3-peat’

Webb School of Knoxville football head coach David Meske expects Brant Mitchell to make big plays, and the senior fullback and linebacker usually delivers as he did Friday night.

“I was really proud of Brant Mitchell,” Meske said after Mitchell led Webb to a 62-20 victory over Davidson Academy in the TSSAA Division II-A State Quarterfinals. “He was outstanding.

“He played great on the offensive and defensive side.”

That was perhaps the understatement of the 2014 football season as Mitchell scored four touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards on 12 carries in the first half of the game against the Bears (5-7).

Mitchell wasted little time making an impact for the Spartans (7-3), who began their march toward a third consecutive state title and fifth championship in six years.
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HVA sweeps Central to open hoops season

Hardin Valley's Abbey Cornelius, 25, takes the ball to the hoop against two Central defenders Thursday, Nov. 13, at HVA. The 2014-15 basketball season opened in impressive fashion for both Hardin Valley Academy teams Thursday, Nov. 13. HVA opened the new campaign at home with a sweep of Central in Hall of Fame games.

The Lady Hawks routed the Lady Bobcats 78-29 while Hardin Valley’s boys toppled the Bobcats 93-55.

The Lady Hawks received the bulk of their offense from a trio of freshmen. Lizzie Davis scored a game-high 18 points while Bekah Hampton and Abbey Cornelius added 10 points each as HVA made short work of Central.

The Lady Hawks (1-0) used a stifling pressure defense to open an early 16-0 lead midway through the first quarter. “It’s always nice to start the season off strong,” HVA head coach Jennifer Galloway said. “It’s nice to see how everybody reacts.
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