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Warriors roll past Asheville 40-0

After recording its first shutout last week, Christian Academy of Knoxville kept its momentum going against Asheville High School, N.C.

The momentum boiled over and CAK captured its second shutout of the year, this one in front of a small home crowd that braved the rainy conditions Friday night, Sept. 22, to witness the Warriors’ 40-0 win over the Blues. CAK improves to 3-2 while the Blues fall to 0-5.

“It was really a good game for us,” CAK head coach Bill Young said. “We wanted to start off strongly and I think we did. Offensively we just took the ball straight down the field and scored the first few times we had it and defensively we were able to shut them down pretty good, so it was just a real good overall game.”

The first score for the Warriors came with 7:50 left in the first quarter on a Chris Cates pass to Ryan Geist.

CAK held the Blues on their second possession without letting them get past the 50.

Geist slipped through a number of tackles to put the Warriors in good field position. Miller added two more runs before a first down by Derron Logan put the Warriors on the 7-yard line. Cates threw to Mitchell Moran in the end zone with 59.4 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Blues were again held and the CAK offensive went back to work. Michael Fromke handed off to Keenan Kolinsky three times before running it in himself for the touchdown. With the extra point good, the Warriors took control of the game 21-0.

Before halftime, the Warriors would score once more.

Logan ran in from 15 yards out with one minute remaining.

The third quarter saw a little break in the rain, but it didn’t last for long. The weather didn’t deter CAK from scoring 12 more points before the game and rain would end for the night.

Asheville started its second possession of the third quarter on the 20-yard line and got pushed back before a fumbled snap by kicker Will Reily gave CAK a safety.

Matthew Warren, who converted all four of his extra points, also nailed a field goal.

The last score of the night was all Bo Sanford. Sanford then ran all 35 yards in five plays to score the touchdown. Geist, back up kicker, made the extra point.

“”It feels good [to get the shutout],” Geist said. “We’re trying to get as many as we can before we start our string of region games. It’s a good momentum builder.”

And as for the TD, Geist was ready and waiting. “I’ve been wanting one for a while and he finally put me in. God gave me the strength to get it and I had a lot of good blocking.”

Offensively the Warriors were 13-of-20 passing for 179 yards. Cates made 11 of his 15 throws for 167 yards. The Warriors rushed 30 times for 172 yards.

On the defensive side, Bennett recorded two solo tackles, eight assists and one sack.

CAK’s homecoming game is next week versus Oliver Springs. Opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


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