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Ensworth (TN) 62 Lexington Catholic 14


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Ensworth, ranked No. 19 nationally by Rivals.com, piled up 635 yards of offense to Catholic's 313. On the ground, Ensworth pummeled the Knights 373-36.

"They have a good football team. We had a bunch of big plays defensively and offensively," Ensworth Coach Ricky Bowers said. "It seems like every time they had a chance to score, we intercepted or there'd be a fumble or whatever, so I thought our defense played really well."

Catholic (1-1) lost two fumbles and an interception.

"Even though the score was pretty lopsided, if we don't make the mistakes we made, we can hang in with about anybody," Coach Bill Letton said he told his Knights. "We've just got to get ourselves in a position where we're not making those mistakes."

Elder, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior who earned Mr. Football honors in Tennessee's Division II-AA last year, was named Player of the Game for the Tigers. His 199 yards came on 12 carries.

He also made four tackles, including a sack. He said that he was excited to be playing before the ESPNU cameras.

"You always get pumped if you play national TV," said Elder, who is uncommitted while he's "enjoying the recruiting process."

Read more here: Tenn. team shines for TV, rocks LexCath 62-14 | High School Sports | Kentucky.com

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Ensworth is Tennessees best football team, regardless of classification.. They're the favorite to win the DII private division which has several powerhouse programs including MBA, Brentwood Academy, MUS, Baylor, etc.. No disgrace losing to this team and the score shouldn't be that big a surprise.. They're all that and a bag of chips.. Would love to see them and Trinity hook up.. Would be a heck of a game..

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Catholic's defense, particularly the secondary, was awful. They missed assignments, weren't even close to making tackles, and didn't appear to like a lot of contact. They will have to get a whole lot better on that side of the ball if they want to challenge Highlands.

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Are we certain that Ensworth isn't just that good that they just made the LexCath secondary look that bad?

With a due respect to Highlands I don't recall them looking any better when they played a team of the same caliber and there is no doubt in my mind that Highlands is AT WORST the 4th or 5th best team in the state overall.

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From the sidelines.

 

Offensively, there are issues. Boliin seems to miss his favorite target of previous years - Adam Bush. He and junior David Bouvier have gotten their chemistry down and Sam Letton makes for a good target. He is the real deal for the next 4 years. And Casey Nash is getting his catches. There are some receivers that are 0-for-everything and are still in the lineup. That may impact Bolin's confidence. Also LexCath has no running game. This is almost by design. The OC loves the pass. Period. Effective mixing of plays is just not there.

 

Defensively two players went down early with injury - Seniors Alex Nash (separated shoulder) and Bobby Jacoby (sprained ankle). This really hurt the Knights defensively the remainder of he night. Nash is out 4 -6 weeks. Not sure about Jacoby. Nash lead the team in tackles last year. Josh Mesmer stopped the fake punt but is less effective in his new position of MLB. He was at OLB last year.

 

Ensworth line was as advertised. Large, quick and controlled everything. Physically hard game for the Knights.

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Catholic's defense, particularly the secondary, was awful. They missed assignments, weren't even close to making tackles, and didn't appear to like a lot of contact. They will have to get a whole lot better on that side of the ball if they want to challenge Highlands.

 

You have perfectly described my views of this game also. That was the worst display of tackling and secondary play that I have ever seen. Lexington Catholic had a number of players who just wanted to avoid contact at all costs. The Ensworth backs and receivers weaved through them like they were dodging through implanted tombstones.

 

There was even a big example of this contact fear on offense as well. While there were a number of Knight receivers who did a great job of catching the ball and taking hits in traffic, there was one receiver who kept dropping perfect passes, or would fumble the ball without contact, anytime an Ensworth defensive player was within two yards of him. I think if I was Bolin, I would never bother throwing to this player again.

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Catholic's D struggled especially in the secondary. They seemed very lost when it came to either stopping the sweep or covering the receiver. Offensively, Catholic's run game was the biggest weakness. Without any risk there, Ensworth was able to rush at will and drop back in coverage.

 

Bolin looked good. The kid can throw and make plays, that said, he really only had two targets he was able to go to. Lex Cath will have to shore up on defense and work on the run game for sure. Tough lesson yesterday.

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It may seem like there were very few positives for the Knights here are somethings that did work.

 

- Offensive line pass protection. Bolin usually had time to throw.

- #1 - 3 Receivers. Bouvier, Nash and Letton made good catches throughout the game. Anthony Kearsey has made some good catches this year as well but was not used much last night.

- Sophmore Cody Mitchell and junior Marty Brown had a good games defensively. With Alex Nash out at least 4 weeks and uncertainty about Jacoby (sprained ankle) there will be opportunity for players to step-up on defense.

- Backup kicker Anthony Kearsey. Jacoby normally kicks but went out with sprained ankle. Kearsey put one in the end zone on a KO and hit the xp perfectly.

 

Areas that need work.

- Running game. The offensive line showed in can pass protect. It can probably open up good holes for quick traps and off the edge fast hitting run plays. But the Knight offense does not run hardly any typical running plays. They like to do delayed draws or pitches or screens. With this line they could - and should - run more running plain old running plays. Otherwise Bolin will find it harder and harder to hit open receivers.

- DBs / LBs. New players in new positions and experienced players in new positions. Everyone is new positions this year. And it shows. Nothing that can not be fixed. But the defense is not well tuned at all. And the temporary loss of Nash will make that more difficult.

- Receiver assignments - its pretty clear who the play makers are. Some players need some more development - but not in key varsity games.

 

 

Now that the national 7 on 7s are done and the EPNS lights are gone its time for the Knights to focus on plain old football for the rest of the season.

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