Fighting Irish hold off Webb in Battle of the Bluff

Bill Brewer News, Schools, Youth Ministry

The Fighting Irish of Knoxville Catholic High School emerged from the annual Battle of the Bluff with a 24-6 football victory over Webb School Oct. 23.

The Fighting Irish’s 2014 record remains unblemished at 9-0, and it is the first win over Webb since 2008, the year KCHS won the state championship. The schools, which have been competing for decades, are neighbors in the Cedar Bluff community.

Host Catholic was again led by sophomore tailback Amari Rodgers, who carried the ball 18 times for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Wideout Chase Kuerschen also scored on a touchdown pass from quarterback Zac Jancek. Irish placekicker Jake Poczobut completed the scoring.

The Spartans, with a 5-3 record on the season, scored on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Brock Beeler to Mason Staten. The point-after attempt failed.

The Fighting Irish finish the regular season Oct. 31 with a home game against Alcoa that will decide the District 4-AA championship.

There was a decidedly orange tint to the KCHS-Webb game, with Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones and his wife, Barbara, watching their son, senior placekicker Alex Jones. Zac Jancek’s father, John Jancek, is the defensive coordinator for the Vols. Amari Rodgers father is Tee Martin, who as quarterback led the Vols to an undefeated season and the 1997 national championship.

And there was an orange tint on Webb’s side of the ball as well. Former Spartans standout Todd Kelly Jr. was on hand to support his former team.