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Warrior home send-off a resounding region success

Though Friday, Oct. 17, was the last regular season home game for Christian Academy of Knoxville, the senior football players had something to smile about as they left the field.

The Warriors had conquered Oliver Springs 32-6, moving one step closer to clinching a spot in the Region 2-2A playoffs.

CAK dominated early on, scoring twice in the first quarter. A touchdown in each of the remaining quarters secured the win.

The Warriors (4-4 overall) continued to focus on their passing game, and quarterback Michael Fromke connected with wide receiver Taylor Moran three times for 18 of the team’s points.

Of his second touchdown reception, Moran said, “Michael scrambled out to the side, and he turned around and saw that the corner had gotten off of me to chase him, so I was open.”

Moran, who ended with 177 reception yards, said many players who might not have been on the field during the game were instrumental in their preparation.

“The [defensive] scout team, especially Hunter Davenport, gave us some really good looks during practice this week, which is important,” he added.

Fromke completed 17 of his 22 passing attempts, but said he might not have been able to had the offensive line not been doing such a good job.

“I had great protection all night. I wasn’t rushed,” he said.

“The passing game was what they were giving us, and I felt like that was something we could take advantage of,” CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said. “Michael did a nice job of making his reads, getting the ball out of his hand and doing nice stuff. Taylor made some good plays for us and ran some good routes. I felt like overall, we performed pretty well. We just didn’t have many touches. They did a nice job of keeping us off the field.”

Oliver Springs had the ball for much of the game, with a total possession time of 35:11, while CAK was efficient with its 12:49 total.

The other two touchdowns were scored by tailback Keenan Kolinsky. “He is a strong, physical runner. I know good stuff is going to happen when we give him the ball,” Bradley said. “He’s a guy we know we can count on.”

Kicker Matt Warren had trouble splitting the goal posts in the first half, but secured both extra points in the second half.

On defense, several players had good games, and leading the pack in tackles was junior Tyler Hardin, who had 15 total tackles, nine of which were solo. Right behind Hardin were Tyler Eichholtz and Ethan Poe. Both players have been consistently near the top of the list this season.

Injuries and time pose a challenge to the Warriors in preparing for its next game, a region matchup Thursday, Oct. 23, at Sweetwater. Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

CAK has struggled with injuries all season, and though wide receiver Ryan Brooksbank was back on the field against OSHS, several other players are newly injured, including Marcus Walker, Jacob Duncan and Chris Jaegar.

Stephen Johnston played through torn knee cartilage and Daniel Morse broke his hand but may be back for Sweetwater.

“Sweetwater is always athletic, and we have to travel, handle the trip, so it’s going to be a tough game,” Bradley said. “They are a quality opponent, and we’re going to have to play well.”


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