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Alcoa ends CAK season


Christian Academy of Knoxville may have ended their season with a 56-21 loss at defending Class 2A state champ Alcoa Friday, Nov. 16, but head coach Rusty Bradley told the team he was proud of them.

“I really feel like God’s purpose was accomplished this season. I truly believe His purpose was accomplished, it just happened to end tonight,” he said.

The Warriors found their momentum in the second quarter, outscoring the Tornadoes 21-7 in the quarter. Receiver Jay Scott ended the half with 8 receptions for 128 yards and scored CAK’s first touchdown.

“I really don’t know what to say about it. [Chris Cates] threw the ball well,” Scott said of his performance in the first half.

An Alcoa fumble — forced, recovered and returned by John Glafenhein — enabled Keenan Kolinsky to score 30 seconds later. In CAK’s next drive, Kolinsky passed to Billy High, who scored the team’s third touchdown with two seconds left in the half as CAK pulled to within seven, 28-21, at halftime.

“We hit a rhythm. Guys were executing. We were able to mix up the run and the pass,” Bradley said.

Senior Jonathan Berube agreed: “It just clicked. We started following through with everything that coach told us. We were hitting the right spot, getting the guys we were supposed to get.

‘Everything was just clicking.”

Scott gave credit to the fans and the sideline for the second quarter momentum.

“I know everybody says this, but really, the fan support was awesome. I get in that position and line up on the line … it really helps to look over and see people yelling your name. That helped get momentum going. It really helped, especially on the sidelines, all the freshman and sophomores,” he said.

Alcoa came back, though, and prevented CAK from scoring in the second half.

“They’re a good team, and it’s hard to sustain what we were doing in that second quarter for four quarters,” Bradley said. “I thought we came out and played hard. We handled everything they were throwing at us, we competed. The second half we had some opportunities for some big plays we didn’t connect on, and things just started going the other way. That’s part of it.”

Individually, Bradley said, “I thought Chris [Cates] played well. I thought Jay Scott caught some balls, did some nice stuff. I thought Keenan [Kolinsky] ran the ball hard. Defensively … I thought Joseph [Bennett] was doing everything he could to make plays. Bo [Sanford] had some nice hits out there. Trevor Brown was trying to play through cramps.”

The season ended 9-3, the best record in CAK football history.

“I think it’s been a great year, 9-3. It has exceeded my expectations. I really feel like every player here just squeezed out every ounce of ability that God has given them, and that’s all I wanted these guys to do,” Bradley said.

Scott said the success was the result of plenty of hard work.

“It’s the hardest we ever worked. We started back a week from now last year. My junior year we started almost instantly. Coach [Bradley] told me I was going to be receiver again, and I’ve been working at it the whole year,” he said. “We expected big things. The whole year we said state championship, wrote it down [locked it in the wooden box Bradley carried onto the field at the beginning of each game]. That was our goal, but I still think we did pretty well.”

Berube said, “We really wanted state [championship]. I’ve been playing C-A-K football since my eighth-grade year, been with these coaches almost the entire time. It’s hard.”

 

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