KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- After Jeffrey Farris ran for a touchdown to put Catholic ahead 19-6 in the third quarter, all signs pointed to the top-ranked Irish rolling into the state quarterfinals.
But alas, the luck of the Irish ran out in the final quarter, as Austin-East scored 20 consecutive points, then won 26-25 after Catholic missed an extra point.
The Road Runner win sets up a showdown of archrivals in the state quarterfinals, thanks to a 24-0 Fulton win over Anderson County. Fulton won the teams' previous meeting just three weeks ago, 34-21.
Despite Austin-East's frenetic comeback, Catholic had a chance late. They got the ball at the A-E 42 with four minutes left, scoring on a short touchdown run by Dorian Cozart. But the Irish extra point attempt went awry, leaving Catholic down 26-25 with 1:02 left in the game.
Catholic recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the play was nullified by an Austin-East offsides penalty. The Irish were unable to recover the next kick, and the Road Runners ran out the clock for the win.
OTHER PLAYOFF SCORES:
Alcoa 56 , CAK 21
Austin-East 26 , Knoxville Catholic 25
Bearden 30 , William Blount 0
Farragut 28 , Dobyns Bennett 6
Gatlinburg-Pittman 30 , Cumberland Gap 24
Greeneville 34 , Volunteer 21
Hampton 17 , Oneida 13
Knoxville Fulton 24 , Anderson County 0
Maryville 17 , Knoxville West 9
Midway 19 , Harriman 7
Red Bank 35 , Knoxville Halls 7
South Pittsburg 49 , Friendship Christian 7
Sullivan South 41 , Morristown West 21
Brentwood Academy 42 , Ensworth 13
David Lipscomb 32 , Marshall County 14
DCA 42 , Tyner 14
Franklin 27 , Hunters Lane 6
Gordonsville 38 , Lookout Valley 13
Henry County 55 , Fairley 34
Hickman County 21 , Lewis County 14
Hillsboro 44 , Mt. Juliet 20
Independence 44 , Antioch 12
Jo Byrns 34 , Wayne County 13
Maplewood 19 , Clarksville 7
MBA 42 , Father Ryan 7
Mt. Pleasant 35 , Cascade 21
Pearl Cohn 13 , Station Camp 7
Smyrna 43 , Lincoln County 16
White House 36 , Greenbrier 7
Wilson Central 35 , Riverdale 13
York Institute 28 , Smith County 14
Bolivar Central 48 , Fayette Ware 20
Goodpasture 26 , Camden 24
Haywood County 20 , Dyer County 0
McKenzie 28 , Fayette Academy 7
Melrose 24 , Kingsbury 6
Milan 17 , Huntingdon 0
Millington 17 , Whitehaven 13
Mitchell 40 , Dyersburg 31
Peabody 34 , Carver 14
SBEC 36 , Davidson Academy 19
St. George's 38 , FACS 0
Trinity Christian 28 , Hollow Rock-Bruceton 14
White Station 42 , Houston 16
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