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Early strikes deadly as defending champs blank CAK

Alcoa High School got off to a fast start against Christian Academy of Knoxville Friday night at CAK.

The two-time defending Class 2A state champs rolled to a 42-0 Region 2-2A win, with 35 of those points coming before the half. Both teams are 1-1 on the season.

“Alcoa’s awfully good,” CAK head coach Bill Young said. “We, of course, played them last year a couple of times and knew they were real tough and we were just trying to see how much we closed in on them, and it’s not as much as we would’ve liked because they are a special group of players and coaches.”

Darrel Tate put the first points on the scoreboard after a 2-yard run. This is not the last time the crowd would hear Tate’s name called — he ran in two more touchdowns for the Tornadoes.

Chris Shiverdecker scored the next touchdown in the first quarter with a 17-yard run. Shiverdecker totaled 138 yards for the Tornadoes.

Alcoa’s Brian Sommer grabbed an interception in the first quarter to set up another Tornadoes’ touchdown. Alcoa got a little help with a 15-yard face mask penalty against CAK. Tate scored his second touchdown of the night on a 9-yard run with 38 seconds to go.

CAK was unable to convert on its first possession to start the second quarter, kicking it away on fourth-and-three. Alcoa got to work with quarterback Randall Cobb throwing to Shiverdecker, who gained eight yards. CAK’s Joseph Bennett grabbed two tackles on this set of downs and almost recorded a sack. Troy Hodge got into the end zone for the Tornadoes with 7:50 left in the half.

Alcoa had one more left in them for the half and scored with 2:55 remaining. Tate put the six points on the board.

Hodge and kicker Reed Guzzo scored the only points in the second half. Following a 31-yard run by Shiverdecker, Hodge put the ball in the end zone. Guzzo converted on the point-after to make the final score 42-0.

Tornadoes’ kicker Guzzo was perfect on points-after-touchdowns, but missed the only field goal attempt of the night.

CAK had a tough time with the Tornadoes’ defense, crossing the 50-yard line for the first time in the fourth quarter with 10:48 left in the game.

Interceptions were a problem for CAK with four in the night. The Warriors came close to scoring late in the fourth after a couple of Alcoa penalties, but were picked off in the end zone by Alcoa’s Kyrus Lanxter with 11 seconds to go.

Both of CAK’s quarterbacks, Chris Cates and Michael Fromke, saw action.

“Michael had a good game tonight … we feel confident with both of them,” Young said. “We’re still trying to decide what our best team is.”

Fromke knew this game would be a challenge for the Warriors.

“They’re just fast, they’re strong, we came to play, but they’re just an all-around good team,” Fromke said. “It’s disappointing but we played hard. We had a good game plan this week. It was just the negative plays that went wrong. The offensive line did a great job, I had enough time.”

Young also saw some bright spots in his defense

“I thought Bo Sanford did a real good job, he had a couple of good runs and on defense I felt like on the secondary he came up and made some big plays. And it looked like Joseph Bennett toward the end, the linebacker, made several big hits. We played hard, we just couldn’t get the plays made. But I think those two, especially, I saw some things out of them.”

Bennett tallied 13 tackles and two sacks for the night.

Next week CAK will travel to Johnson County.


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