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Early nerves doom CAK in loss to Boyd-Buchanan

Momentum was slow coming for the young Christian Academy of Knoxville football team in its Friday, Aug. 22, game in Chattanooga versus Boyd-Buchanan, and time ran out before CAK was able to put enough points on the board for a win.

Boyd-Buchanan outscored CAK 21-14, though all 21 Buc points were scored in the first half. Warrior head coach Rusty Bradley blamed the halftime score (21-0) on nerves.

“We have a lot of young kids, and I think early-on guys were just in awe of this being a real game,” he said. “I think there were some jitters involved, and early on, when things didn’t go the way we wanted, I feel we could’ve done a better job of keeping our composure.

“By the time we were able to keep our composure, we were down two touchdowns,” Bradley added.

The second half, though, belonged to CAK. Starting quarterback Michael Fromke, a back-up the previous two seasons, passed for 292 yards and had a hand in both Warrior touchdowns. Halfway through the third quarter, he ran 10 yards for the team’s first TD.

The second touchdown came with 6:45 left in the game, when Fromke threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Brooksbank, who had eight receptions for 83 yards. Kicker Matthew Warren converted both extra points.

Despite three interceptions, Fromke “has really developed. I’m very pleased with him ... not only on offense but as a leader and taking charge of the offense,” Bradley said. “His demeanor and presence on the field has been really good.”

The head coach said CAK’s defense also performed well once the team calmed down.

This is a rebuilding season, but senior Gabe Atkinson showed his peers how to stop the opponent’s offense with 13 solo tackles.

“He is a very strong kid and plays really hard. We moved him inside from defensive end to defensive tackle to try to get him more involved in what we’re doing defensively,” Bradley said. “It makes him more of a force for us so teams can’t just run away from us. I felt like he did a nice job.”

Young Tyler Eichholtz also stood out on defense. The sophomore linebacker led the team in total tackles, ending the night with 16.

Fans can expect to see more of Eichholtz and other new faces in future games.

“We’re playing a lot of sophomores and first-year juniors as far as playing meaningful varsity snaps, so we are very young and inexperienced,” Bradley said. “Obviously we are going to grow from this and get better.”

The Warriors face Cherokee Friday, Aug. 29, in the first home game of the season. Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.


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