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Warriors struggle at LHS, fall in key region tilt

Christian Academy of Knoxville quickly fell behind during its Friday, Sept. 5, football game at Loudon High School, and the Warriors were never able to catch up.

The Warriors lost a 23-7 decision, the team’s first Region 2-2A clash of 2008. Senior receiver Taylor Moran caught a 21-yard pass, scoring CAK’s only touchdown with just 1:10 left in the game.

“They had us scoreless through the fourth quarter, and granted it was their second string defense, but no one wanted to go home with a shutout. I caught it and tried my hardest to dodge the tackles and get into the end zone,” Moran said.

CAK’s trouble started in the first quarter, during the team’s second possession.

The Warrior offense found a rhythm and was advancing down the field in Chig Ratledge Stadium.

But in the second-to-last play of the quarter, tailback Keenan Kolinsky, who last year was the first Warrior to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a regular season, left the game holding his shoulder. He sat out for most of the rest of the half.

“I was just going and somebody took out my legs, spun me around and I landed on my shoulder,” Kolinsky said. “I’ll be alright. It’s just a small little sprain.”

About the injury, Warrior head coach Rusty Bradley said, “Doctor Cunningham said it was an A-C sprain in his shoulder. I don’t know the severity of it right now.”

Kolinsky returned with less than a minute left in the second quarter and still managed 60 rushing yards in the first half.

“He did some testing and felt like he had full strength back in his shoulder,” Bradley said. “We weren’t going to put him back in unless we knew he was going to be able to protect himself and withstand the contact.”

Though Kolinsky doubted he’ll need to miss a game, Bradley said injuries will be a concern moving forward into the season.

Receiver Ryan Brooksbank “broke his scapula in his shoulder and will be out six weeks. Found out yesterday. Colton Goff has torn cartilage in his knee so he is out four weeks. Davis Burton has a pulled hamstring. He tried to see how he felt during warm-ups, but he couldn’t go,” he added.

“We’re definitely nicked up, and now we’ve got Quinn Epperly with turf toe and Keenan with an A-C sprain in his shoulder, so we’re taping them together.”

The night wasn’t all bad news. Senior Ethan Poe again led the team in tackles, with a total of 15. One tackle in the second quarter led to a loss of seven yards, eventually forcing the Redskins to punt.

Free safety Daniel Morse was just behind him with 10 tackles. Marcus Walker continues to be a player to watch, particularly on returns. The first-season player had more than 100 yards in punt and kick returns. He also had four tackles and caught a 12-yard pass.

The Warriors will play at home against Page High School Friday, Sept. 12. Opening kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Bradley said the game will be particularly challenging.

“Page is much improved. Coach [Jack] Daniels there at Page is a very good coach … It’s going to be a tough contest for us,” he said.

To prepare, “We’ve got to get better at fundamentals. We’ll study film this weekend to get an idea of what we can do to attack them and defend against them, but we’ve got to get better at fundamentals and we’ve got to get healthy,” he added.

Kolinsky agreed.

“Page is a pretty good team, and we just have to come out strong and be ready to play. We have to put this one behind us,” he said.


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