KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Out of the 56 high school football teams still in the hunt for a state title, 11 are from the Knoxville area.
Central is the only team still alive because of a Hail Mary pass.
The Bobcats (10-2) host Fulton (8-4) on Friday night at 7 p.m. after taking down undefeated Greeneville 16-14 last week in the second round.
Central senior quarterback Trey Mitchell connected with senior wide receiver Louis McNair with six seconds left to take the lead and eventually the win.
“They came out in a deep three quarters defense but the safety on Louis’ side was cheating over towards the middle,” said Mitchell. “I knew we had a good matchup so I just gave my receiver a chance.”
McNair said he knew he had the touchdown when the ball was headed his way.
“It was amazing,” said McNair. “I feel great. We go down in history now because we haven’t been to the third round since 2005 so that’s a good feeling.”
On the other sideline, Fulton got past the second round in a more convincing fashion, knocking off Catholic 46-25.
The Falcons are now looking for revenge after falling to Central 21-19 earlier this year.
“I’m starving, I want it bad,” said Fulton senior lineman Christian Smith. “My teammates want it bad. We all want to go in there, do the gameplan the coaches want us to do and just go get it. Not just for us but for our fans, our coaches and our families.”
We don’t want to go in thinking we can walk all over Central or nothing like that,” said Falcons senior lineman Tito Minnefee. “We really respect this team and come out and give them a game that they never think that’d we would do.”
High School Quarterfinals Schedule (Nov. 18)
Blackman at Maryville
Coalfield at Hardin Valley
Ooltewah at Farragut
Morristown West at South Doyle
Fulton at Central
Elizabethton at Alcoa
Happy Valley at Austin-East
Coalfield at Greenback
Division II Class A
Webb at St. George’s