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OR defense carries ‘Cats past Rebels

Oak Ridge 16 West 6:  As it has all season long, the Wildcat defense carried Oak Ridge to the state quarterfinals and their first-ever meeting with Catholic on Friday at Blankenship Field.

The Wildcats were led on defense by Cobe Angel, who racked up 17 tackles and a sack while also intercepting two passes. Jordan Graham provided an offensive spark with 81 yards rushing, which included a 53-yard scoring romp.

Oak Ridge (10-2) will host second-ranked Catholic (9-3) Friday night at Blankenship Field in the first meeting between these perennial powers. Catholic advanced by rolling over Fulton 44-14. The winner of the Irish/Wildcat game will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Central and South-Doyle in a semifinal matchup. Central advanced by winning at Sevier County 27-20 and South-Doyle rallied on the road to beat Halls 31-28. Both the Bobcats and the Cherokees are 7-5 on the season.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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