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Hard times at Loudon High as CAK falls to Redskins


LOUDON — After winning its past three games, two at home, the Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors fell to region rival Loudon Friday night at LHS’S Dukes Field.

The Redskins won their homecoming game 28-7. This is the second time these two teams have met. Loudon leads the series 2-0.

The Redskins took advantage of some early gains to secure their position up front. The Warriors fall to 4-3 overall, 1-2 in Region 2-2A competition, while the Redskins take a step up, 5-2, 2-1.

“This is one we really wanted to put us in a good playoff position, so this is a disappointment for us,” CAK head coach Bill Young said. “We knew they were good, probably a little bit even better than we thought. [Josh] Hawkins is a special player as well as Tyler Campbell. We had some opportunities. We just didn’t get it done.”

Campbell started the Redskins off with a 98-yard kickoff return within the first 15 seconds.

After a pair of punts, the Warriors’ Derron Logan fumbled on the 32-yard line.

Loudon took advantage of the fumble and scored on the next play with a Hawkins run. The extra point attempt was no good.

CAK got to work with a couple of first downs before quarterback Chris Cates was picked off on the 36-yard line by Hawkins. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the Redskins back, but they kept the ball.

The Redskins again capitalized on a CAK error and scored their third touchdown of the first quarter. Hawkins got his team to the 11-yard line before Campbell scored his second touchdown and the two-point conversion, putting his team up 21-0.

CAK had some close opportunities, but were unable to make a score in the second quarter.

At the half, the score stood at 21-0.

With the beginning of the third quarter, Bo Sanford returned the kickoff to the 22-yard line.

After a Cates-to-Logan connection to bring up second-and-two, Keenan Kolinsky weaved his way through Loudon defenders to reach the 43-yard line. Just when CAK had its momentum going, Kolinsky fumbled on the 42-yard line, giving Loudon the ball.

Loudon was able to reach the 15-yard line despite a penalty and two incomplete passes. With a fourth-and-fourteen situation, Tom Cruz came in to attempt a field goal. The Redskins faked the field goal, but Ryan Geist was there to read the play and intercepted.

CAK got into the red zone again, but was unable to convert a fourth-and-one play.

The fourth quarter saw action from both teams.

CAK was able to get on the board for the first time in the night with 11:52 left in the game. The Warriors reached the 2-yard line before Cates threw to Geist in the end zone for a TD. Matthew Warren added the extra point, to put the score at 21-7.

The last score of the night came from the Redskins. Quarterback Blake McNew handed off to Hawkins, who threw to Ben Everett to score from 52-yards out.

“They started off early and have two good running backs,” Geist said. “We didn’t play together. We didn’t contain them.”

As for playoff standings, Young knows his team needs to work hard.

“It’s hard to tell [about playoff standings],” Young said. “Sweetwater and Rockwood are both doing really well also, so at best it would be third because Alcoa would be on top and then Loudon’s looking awfully good for that second spot. Hopefully we can come in third.

“ This is kind of the situation we were in last year, if we could’ve beaten Loudon, we could’ve been in second, but we couldn’t and we ended up in fourth position last year. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

CAK will be back at home tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 13, against Wartburg, with opening kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

Young will be honored at halftime, retiring at the end of the season after 37 years of coaching.

 

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