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CAK ‘turns Page,’ wins 14-10

This football season has been a tough fight for Christian Academy of Knoxville, and its 14-10 home win against Page High School Friday, Sept. 12, was no exception.

“Wow … this is the most special victory I’ve ever had because these kids fought and worked so hard. They absolutely gave everything. It was awesome,” head coach Rusty Bradley said. (Stories initially reported in Farragut First Edition at

The Patriots struck first with a 75-yard touchdown carry, but the Warriors (2-2 record) answered before the end of the first quarter.

Michael Fromke threw a five-yard pass to Ethan Poe, who credits his catch in part to the gloves he borrowed from a teammate.

“Luckily I got some gloves before I went out there. I forgot mine at home so I asked Carson [Pegram] if I could borrow his. If I didn’t have those gloves I probably wouldn’t have caught it,” he said.

Each team had two possessions apiece before the next score. A 53-yard field goal put PHS ahead at the half by three points.

CAK’s final touchdown came 10 minutes into the second half. Keenan Kolinsky jumped over the defense from the Page 2, a move Warrior fans have seen before.

“Keenan’s just been an absolute Warrior. I’m not sure where he learned that move … that’s just the way he is,” Bradley said. “He’ll do whatever it takes to score. That’s his heart, his passion for playing the game.”

About his touchdown, Kolinsky said, “There was a pretty good stalemate at the line, and I knew if I just jumped over a little bit I’d get in. It ended up that nobody was there, and I fell and landed on the shoulder I hurt last week. But it was good to get the score.”

On the other side of the ball, the Warrior defense forced the Patriots to punt six times.

“Defense rose up the challenge,” the head coach said. “Guys were relentless. We weren’t perfect the entire night, but you can’t question their effort, their passion, how hard they played and how important this game was.”

Poe, who led the team with 10 tackles, agreed.

“We missed some tackles, but we played hard, and that was the difference in the game,” he said.

Individually, Bradley said, “Daniel Morse has really done a good job of stepping up. We moved him from free safety to outside linebacker. We moved Gabe [Atkinson] back to defensive end this week, trying to get him more involved in the outside and the run game on the perimeter. He’s stepped up. Matt Smith stepped up and made some plays for us.”

Juniors J.D. Arnett and Chris Jaeger and sophomores Jacob Duncan, Steven Fortner and Tyler Eichholtz had 30 tackles between them.

Duncan also had a 10-yard reception and combined with Quinn Epperly’s and Blake Houser’s six catches — the three relatively new players caught half of all receiving yards. “As a whole, everybody who’s been given an opportunity has stepped up,” Bradley said of his young players.

What was the difference between this game and the previous game, a 23-7 loss at Loudon? Bradley said it was commitment.

“Our older guys lead chapel, and it normally lasts 20 or 30 minutes. Yesterday it lasted an hour,” he said. “Guys really opened up. As a team, everybody recommitted to give more effort, more passion, to play harder, and it really showed tonight.

“Our younger kids apologized for not being in the game last week and for not encouraging the guys that were out there on the field. It was a team effort,” he added. “And it was beautiful.”

Looking ahead, CAK plays its second Region 2-2A game at home against Wartburg Central Friday, Sept. 19. Opening kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

“It doesn’t matter what the past says, what our record is, what their record is,” said Bradley, in his second season as CAK head coach. “We are 0 and 1 in the region, and we have to win this game.”


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