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End zone fumble recovery sets tone as CAK blanks Gibbs


A shutout is a great way to get your team back on track for the rest of the season. Christian Academy of Knoxville was lucky enough to do just that.

After losing their past two games, the Class AA, Region 2 Warriors were ready to face the Class 3A, Region 1 Eagles of Gibbs High School Friday, Sept. 15, at GHS. CAK claimed its first shutout of the season, defeating the Eagles 28-0. The Warriors are now 2-2 overall, 0-1 in Region 2-2A, while Gibbs falls to 1-3 overall.

“It was a good game for us,” CAK head coach Bill Young said. “We played real well. It was a good defensive game and we were consistent on offense. It was a solid game for us after the two losses and I thought the kids played real hard.”

The game got off in Warrior fashion with a Seth Burdette fumble recovery in the end zone after the Eagles’ quarterback Aaron Large was sacked. Burdette and Ben Dorton shared the sack. Matthew Warren tacked on the extra point. The recovery came with only four minutes left to play in the first quarter.

The Eagles gave up five fumbles on the night.

Keenan Kolinsky scored from six yards out and Warren added the extra point to put the Warriors up 12-0 in the first quarter.

The second quarter remained scoreless and CAK went in the locker room at the half with the lead.

It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that CAK put up a pair of running touchdowns to secure its victory.

The first score was run in by Bo Sanford from three yards out and the last score of the night was from Kolinsky again, who scored on a 20-yard run. Warren added a pair of points-after to put the icing on the cake.

“They were a passing team and we had a good up front pass rush,” Young said. “We stayed on the quarterback and we reacted well to the ball.”

As for the shutout, Young knows this game was good for his team.

“The kids were excited after getting their first shutout of the year,” Young said. “It was good after struggling the last two games.”

Ryan Geist received top game recognition from Young. Geist tallied three tackles, four assists and two quarterback sacks.

CAK will be back at home tommorrow night, Friday, Sept. 22, against Asheville High School, N.C., a regular rival for the Warriors in recent seasons.

But it’s been a struggle for the Blues, coming in with an 0-4 record while being outscored 166-49.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

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