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Big second quarter keys CAK’s homecoming triumph

It didn’t take much time for Christian Academy of Knoxville to take the lead on its homecoming night against region rival Oliver Springs Friday night.

The Warriors stomped away with the Region 2-2A win, 29-7. CAK extends it record to 4-2, 1-1 in the region, while Oliver Springs falls to 0-6, 0-2.

“I though it was a great game for us because it was our second regional game, but first one in this streak of five, so it was important that we come out and play well and I thought we did on offense and defense,” CAK head coach Bill Young said. “It seems like our past two or three games we’re getting a little bit better and I was really thrilled with that.”

Quarterback Chris Cates led his team down to the 2-yard line and the Warriors scored on their first possession on a Derron Logan 2-yard touchdown run. Matthew Warren added the point after to put the Warriors up 7-0.

CAK racked up 22 points in the second quarter.

Trevor Brown intercepted Oliver Springs’ quarterback on the 29-yard line, setting the Warriors up for their second score. Cates threw a 29-yard TD bomb to Jeremy Miller with 7:56 left. Warren added the point after and the Warriors went up 14-0.

The Bobcats took a timeout after CAK defense was able to hold them to nine yards on three carries. Lynn Haynes carried the ball for the Bobcats on a fourth-and-one situation, but was wrapped up by Ryan Geist before reaching the first down marker. CAK took over on the 28-yard line. Cates connected with Logan on a 13-yard strike and then with Geist on a 12-yard pass before running it in himself to put the Warriors up 20-0. The point-after attempt was no good.

The Bobcats converted on a third-and-three play before Brown intercepted the Bobcats’ quarterback again, this time on the 39-yard line.

Keenan Kolinsky’s kick pushed Oliver Springs to its own 5-yard line. CAK took a timeout on a Bobcat second-and-nine play with 1:27 left in the first half. The time payed off and Joseph Bennett tackled Haynes in the end zone for a safety.

CAK went to work one last time before the half. Cates kept the ball on a second-and-one to reach the Oliver Springs 29-yard line, but a holding penalty would take the Warriors back to the 44. Cates connected with Miller, but a rouging the passer penalty put the Warriors on the 14.

Cates was shaken up on the play and taken out.

Michael Fromke came in and threw a pass to Geist before CAK would take another timeout with 6.4 seconds to go.

Cates came back in for the last throw, which was a strike to Logan in the end zone. The extra point by Warren was good and the Warriors went into the locker room up 29-0.

Cates led the offense, completing 15 of 19 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

Logan claimed top honors for rushing and receiving with five carries for 25 and yards and six catches for 56 yards. Logan scored touchdowns on both rushing and receiving plays.

The Warrior defense held the Bobcats to eight first downs, 184 offensive yards and forcing three interceptions.

“We got a lot of speed on defense,” Young said. “Joseph Bennett made a lot of big plays as did Jeremy Miller and then we intercepted a few passes. I’m really proud of the way we play on defense. We seem to be real solid.”

Bennett has 12 solo tackles, two assists and two sacks, while Miller had nine solo tackles, four assists and one sack.

“It feels really good (to win homecoming) because we lost last year, so this is a really good win for us,” Miller said.

CAK ia at district foe Loudon Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30.


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