Irish to visit Tucker for key contest

PARSONS – No. 13 Tucker County looks to solidify its playoff position with a win over No. 12 Notre Dame today in a battle of state-ranked Class A schools.

The Mountain Lions enter the clash with a 6-3 record after knocking off Petersburg, 35-27, last week as Austin Zirk rushed for 186 yards and scored three times. He also intercepted a pass with under a minute to play in regulation to seal the victory and threw for a pair of scores.

The 6-3 Fighting Irish, meanwhile, lost to undefeated Clay-Battelle, 36-34, last Friday after rallying from a 28-7 deficit.

Wakem Simon caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from T.J. McKinsey with three minutes to go in the game to pull the Irish to within two, but the two-point conversion pass fell incomplete.

Simon scored on runs of 6 and 10 yards and caught touchdown passes of 56 and 30 yards.

Spencer Harlow also caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from McKinsey, who threw for 259 yards on 10 of 24 passing.