CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Chattanooga's Notre Dame Fightin' Irish had the first of their five touchdowns of the night on just the third play from scrimmage against the Sequatchie County Indians, en route to a 38-0 blanking in the first round of TSSAA's class 3A playoffs.
Irish senior quarterback Alex Darras threw for four touchdowns, kicking the commensurate extra points and a field goal, as Notre Dame proved to be a bit too much for Sequatchie, who lost star running back Branden Rudd with a serious knee injury.
Right from the start, Darras played field surgeon, slicing up Sequatchie's defensive backfield on the opening drive.
On the game's third play, Calvin Sims corrals his bobbled reception, shakes a defender and then dives for the first Irish touchdown.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame's defense kept Indians' quarterback Hunter Mainord bottled early and often, with nowhere for him to run or hide.
Second quarter with the Irish up 10, Darras heaves a bomb to Patrick Johnson for pay dirt making it 17 zip Notre Dame.
Then the speedy Ricky Ballard, with some fine special teams blocking, returned a Sequatchie punt for touchdown making it a 24-0 score as the Notre Dame rout was on!
Before half, Darras would dial up junior Andrew Banks over the middle, he'd haul it in and score making it 31-0 Irish at the midway point.
Notre Dame scored on their opening drive of the second half and put it on cruise control to the end, 38-0 the final.
Afterward, Sequatchie County Head Coach Adam Caine says his team got simply outplayed. " Let's give credit where it is, they out coached us, they outplayed us," said Caine. " I'm not sure at this point, if we played them ten times, I'm not sure we could beat them once but you're right, we didn't give ourselves a chance early on but you know you gotta give credit to them they made plays, they had us schemed up, they did a great job."
" Talk about hitting on all cylinders right now," said an exuberant Irish Head Coach Charles Fant. " Our special teams, I can't say enough of the stuff Coach Dearden has been doing, and offensively and defensively, we've gotten better every week and all I can tell you is its the perfect time to be doing something like that."
" Early on in the season we were getting off to rough starts," said Irish linebacker Tyler Enos, who just this week was selected as a semifinalist for Tennessee's Mr. Football award. " But these past three weeks, were putting it all together and it's paying off."
Sequatchie ends their season at 7-4.
The Irish are set to hit the road next Friday for Upperman, who bested Red Bank by a 35-15 score to advance.