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Kolinski leads CAK into playoffs

It was a night of firsts as Christian Academy of Knoxville won its final regular season game 38-16 at home against Rockwood Friday, Nov. 2. Keenan Kolinsky became the first Warrior with 1,000 rushing yards in a regular season, reaching that mark during the game, and head coach Rusty Bradley said he was happy for the junior, who finished with three touchdowns and leads the team with 13 for the regular season.

“[Kolinsky] is awesome; he’s such a competitor. I think the thing I like about [Kolinsky] is he’s a competitor no matter what he’s doing, whether it’s playing football, playing baseball, singing, musical theater; whatever he does, he’s competing,” Bradley said. “I think he brings us an attitude of toughness to our team. Our offensive line loves blocking for him, and he’s very appreciative of what the offensive line does.

It’s just phenomenal.”

Proving coach’s words true, Kolinsky said, “First of all, all the glory to God. It feels really great. I really feel honored, but our offensive line is who we should give a lot of the credit to. They’ve done great all season, give a good push on the line, give me some holes. I’m excited.”

The win pushed the 2007-08 Warrior record to 8-2, the best in the school’s young football history dating back to 2002.

About the record, quarterback Chris Cates, who finished the regular season with 1,994 passing yards, 1,147 yards more than CAK’s competitors, said, “This isn’t a very historical program; we haven’t had many years of football, so to come out 8-2, set the bar, especially for all those teams who come after us, it’s a good feeling.”

After a slow start Friday, “I was really proud of the guys because, like I tell them all the time, stuff doesn’t always go your way, but they kept competing and played hard,” Bradley said.

Defensively, “Joseph [Bennett] made some pretty good plays for us on defense,” Bradley added. “Our defensive line was able to get penetration.”

Tackle Matt Huddleston finished the night with 14 tackles, and at linebacker, Bo Sanford, finished with 15.

“Matt [Huddleston]’s been a really big player for us all year on defensive line. He’s done a really great job of getting penetration and causing some disruption. He did that tonight,” Bradley said. “Bo [Sanford] has done a great job of stepping up and moving up from free safety to linebacker with the loss of Wes Stooksbury. I’m really pleased with him.”

Huddleston said, “[Rockwood] just kept shoving their big fullback, number 45, down our throats. I was trying to keep the guards off [Sanford] so he could make the tackle. ... I try to come out every night and give it my all.”

In addition to his 15 tackles, Sanford had a fumble recovery, saying he “wanted it so bad; when I came up with the ball I was so excited.”

The win puts CAK at home against Loudon, No. 3 in Region 2-2A, in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs. The Warriors are looking for their second win versus LHS this season.

Opening kick-off is at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9.


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