Catholic survives Webb, OT

The Irish defense had shutout three straight opponents. Then came Webb. The Spartans tested Catholic to the brink of almost losing their first game, but the eyes were smiling upon the Irish (7-0, 3-0) in their 35-34 overtime victory.

This week, Catholic coach Mark Pemberton must prepare for a battle against fellow undefeated Fulton (7-0, 4-0). With the Class AAA, Region 2 lead on the line, Catholic's defense can't allow 34 points.

The Irish should expect another grinder against Fulton. In last years match-up, the Irish beat the Falcons 21-20. Fulton is led by Tennessee commitment Dennis Rogan, who's on pace to score 30 touchdown runs. Last week Rogan scooted for 252 yards against Kingston.

The Falcons already have proven they're capable of beating quality opponents. They have an impressive victory over Alcoa in week three, defeating the Tornados 24-21.

In what's the game of the week in the state, the match-up of running backs Dennis Rogan vs. Harrison Smith will be intriguing to watch. Rogan is slated to be on pace for 1,600 yards on the season and Smith is the quintessential play maker on special teams, offense, and defense. Smith came up huge last week against Webb sending the game to overtime with a 11-yard touchdown with a minute remaining.

Webb:Looking Ahead

The Spartans must regroup mentally and physically after a deflating loss to Catholic. After quarterback Blake Beeler jolted for an 11-yard touchdown run, all the Spartans had to do to take the game to the second overtime was be successful on an extra-point. However, Webb lost their cool and was charged with a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

Instead of a conventional 20-yard extra-point, kicker Steve Ball had to kick from 35 yards out. The extra 15 yards turned out to be the difference, as Ball's kick sailed left.

Although Webb lost the nail bitter to Catholic, the Spartans have a lot to look forward to for the remainder of the season. Kick returned Derek Boyce had returns of 58 and 65 yards to make the field short for the Spartans offense and Running back Bo Johnson also contributed with a nine yard touchdown gallop against the Irish.

Webb should be able to improve their 4-3, 1-2 record against St. Benedict from Nashville. Last season, the Spartans shielded St. Benedict away 44-0.

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