KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- 3A foes, beware: the Catholic Irish are rolling.
Mark Pemberton's squad exhibited its defensive prowess in a big way Friday, holding Fulton to negative rushing yards en route to a 27-0 win.
After a scoreless first quarter, Catholic (8-0) erupted for three second-quarter touchdowns, squelching the Falcons' (6-2) normally potent offensive attack.
A second-half score perfected the rout. With the win, the Irish reversed a trend in the series; during the past two seasons, Catholic lost to Fulton in the regular season and beat the Falcons in the playoffs.
Fulton hopes the pattern will continue this postseason. Friday's defeat was their first region setback of the season, and a win next week over Austin-East would essentially guarantee a second-place region finish.
Catholic visits Kingston next week. The Yellow Jackets (6-2) routed Scott, 34-0, Friday, and are fighting for a playoff berth.