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Record set as CAK bashes Wartburg
Castro TD sets school record

To say Christian Academy of Knoxville beat Wartburg Central High School during their Friday, Sept. 19, football game is an understatement.

The Warriors dominated the game with a 43-6 win on its home field, lifting CAK to a record of 3-2 overall, 1-1 in Region 2-2A.

Both teams had a shaky start, with three interceptions, two of which were CAK’s, and no scores.

But the Warriors came out strong in the second quarter, scoring 34 seconds into their first drive. The touchdown by Andrew Castro, who was filling in for an injured starting tailback Keenan Kolinsky, was record-breaking. Castro’s 86 yard rush is a new CAK record for the longest TD run.

Will Burkhart, who ran 84 yards for the winning touchdown in CAK’s 2003 state playoffs quarterfinal game against Greenback, previously held the record.

“It was amazing,” Warriors head coach Rusty Bradley said. “He did a great job. He’s a good player. He’s been a factor for us defensively all year, so it was really good to get him going offensively.”

About his record, Castro said, “It felt great. Number 54, [offensive lineman] Matt Mabry, paved the way for it. After that, we just ran all over [Wartburg’s defense].”

The senior transferred to CAK from Virginia, where he spent his freshman year “playing a lot of offense.”

This year, “I’ve been hurt most of the season. This is my second game back, and it felt good to be back running the ball,” he added,

Quarterback Michael Fromke, who passed for 208 yards in the game and 1,072 yards so far this season, said he credits Castro’s touchdown for getting the Warriors pumped up and focused on the game. “Castro’s big run sparked it,” he added. “It was full steam ahead after that.”

Castro went on to score two more touchdowns, tying him with Kolinsky for the most touchdowns total this season, and the rest of the 43 points were scored by Davis Burton, Nelson Pinkstaff, Carson Pegram and kicker Matt Warren, who kicked a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter.

“It was nice to get Nelson in there, get him in a varsity game. He’ll be a good player for us,” the head coach said. “Carson’s done a nice job running the football for us all year. He’s a good young player. I expect big things out of him in the future, and he’s done a nice job for us on our J-V team.”

Though the Bulldogs had several chances, thanks to quick Warrior scores, to make something happen, the CAK defense refused to back off its opponent. All but two Wartburg possessions were three-and-outs. When they were able to put some points on the board, senior Tyler McCoy blocked the extra point attempt.

“I thought guys were just swarming to the football,” Bradley said of his defense. “Our defensive line did a nice job getting off blocks. Jacob Duncan was out with a collar bone bruise. He’ll be O-K, and [junior] Tyler Hardin did a nice job stepping in.” Seniors Ethan Poe and Gabe Atkinson both had seven tackles, followed by Tyler Eichholtz, who had six.

The Warriors are still plagued by injuries in addition to Kolinsky, whose shoulder injury allowed him to still punt, and Duncan.

“We had a freshman, Colby Maddox [back-up quarterback], sprained his knee this week. A young receiver, Zach Mead, pulled a hamstring… the list is long,” he added. “Pinkstaff was out with a stinger and then he had mono, but he finally was cleared and was able to take some snaps for us.”

Ryan Brooksbank, senior wide receiver, played two games before he broke his scapula in his shoulder. He is expected to be out for several more games.

Up next, the Warriors travel (just more than one mile) to Webb School (1-3). The rivalry game begins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26. Last season, the Spartans handed CAK its first loss.

“I thought last year we got so focused on who we were playing, getting wrapped up in the rivalry, our kids knowing their kids, and all that stuff, that we never really focused on why we were playing – for each other, for God, for the right reasons,” Bradley said.

“We’ve got to stay focused on this team. Webb is a great school. Coach [Dave] Meske does a great job coaching those guys, but we’ve got to focus on us and not get caught up in all the hype.”


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