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Back on track, CAK

Christian Academy of Knoxville ended its two-game losing streak Friday, Oct. 19, dominating Oliver Springs High School at OSHS 42-7.

“I thought it was great. I wanted to come out here, get a good start and just play hard; let whatever happen, happen,” Rusty Bradley, Warrior head coach, said.

The game was under control early on, with a 35-point lead six minutes into the second quarter.

Warrior Joseph Bennett scored on CAK’s first play of the second half, rushing for 61 yards total, so Bradley started rotating younger players into the game for the second time.

Michael Fromke was the second quarterback out on the field, throwing for 97 yards, including a touchdown pass to Keenan Kolinsky midway into the second quarter. “It felt good; it’s my first touchdown pass in a high school game,” he said.

Individually, Bradley said senior quarterback Chris Cates “continues to make strides and to make good decisions.” Cates completed 11 of 13 passes for 109 yards.

Also, “Billy High made some nice catches tonight and did some things for us, had a touchdown. [Bennett], when he does touch the ball, always makes big plays, so I try to be smart with not killing him, but when he is in the game, utilizing him,” Bradley said. “I thought he did a nice job tonight. I thought our offensive line did a nice job with pass protection.

“Jordan Cross has been having back spasms, so we held him out.”

Moran said he found out yesterday that he would be taking Cross’ place. “I was excited I was going to get to start,” he said.

About his second-quarter touchdown catch, Cross said, “We were on the two-yard line, and I ran in the end zone. I saw [Cates] with the ball, and I realized there was no one around me so I put my arms out. He threw it, and I’m just glad I caught it. It was exciting; it’s my first touchdown.”

Despite younger players on the field, CAK’s defense held Oliver Springs to one score, and Bradley said, “Defensively I thought we did a great job of coming out and just really trying to shut them down, not giving them any life. Guys swarmed the football, made tackles. [Bennett] played well. I thought our defensive line did a good job of getting penetration, of getting in the backfield.” Bennett’s replacement, Jacob Duncan, led the team with seven tackles.

The Warriors’ next game is CAK Homecoming Friday, Oct. 26, against Sweetwater.


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