Lots of talent in this week's Top Matchup: Baylor vs Knox Catholic

Baylor's Brendan Harris scores a TD last Thursday against Notre Dame. Harris will be a big part of the game plan against Knox Catholic. Phote: WTVC Sports

(Editor's note: In the video, Mike Benning's last name was incorrectly pronounced 'Bennett')

Friday's NewsChannel9/Fox Chattanooga Top Matchup will display much talent.

Knoxville Catholic visits Baylor.

The game will feature a few D-1 commits, including UT pledges on each side.

Baylor running back Brendan Harris, a Vols commit, is a big part of Baylor's offensive game plan.

Harris isn't alone in the backfield.

The bruising Mike Benning will share the load.

Red Raiders coach Phil Massey said, "You got Brendan who offers some speed and quickness. And then you've got Mike who offers some power and size back there. So you've got I guess, sort of to speak, a Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside."

Harris said he and Benning are ready for the challenge. "We know that we are seniors, playmakers for this team, and we have to step up and make big plays for this team and that's what we're prepared to do."

In it's opening game against Notre Dame, Baylor players had cramping problems.

They're taking special steps this week, especially with Harris and Benning expected to take many snaps.

Harris noted, "Coming off last week, this will be a big game. We got a lot of eyes on us. It'll be good competition. It'll be fun going against a future teammate, Cade Mays (Knox Catholic OL headed to Tennessee)."

Knox Catholic is a big time program.

They just came off a tight loss in a shootout with perennial power Maryville.

Knox Catholic beat Baylor in 2008 and 2009. They won state championships in '09 and '15.

Massey knows what this game holds, "But it'll be a great challenge for us. They're a very good football team. I think it'll be a good measuring stick to where we are early in the year and the things we need to continue to work on before we get into league play."

The Fighting Irish are big up front and fast in the skill positions. " We've gotta play well up front. We've got to fight really hard, because we're going to be outmatched size wise. But that's not anything that our kids aren't used to doing," Massey said.

Harris feels the offense must play a top-shelf game. "If we come out and execute offensively, because our defense always holds up, but if we come out and execute offensively, the offensive line, the quarterback plays really well, I play really well at the running back position, I feel like we can come out on top."

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