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Rockwood showdown next CAK test after skinning Wildcats


An old, fading high school football tradition has given way to new, rising tradition.

Using several big pass plays and the hard running of senior running back Keenan Kolinski, Christian Academy of Knoxville rolled up 523 yards of total offense and pounded Sweetwater. The final score read 41-20 in a Region 2-2A contest at SHS’s King Berrong Stadium Thursday, Oct 23.

Improving its region record to 3-2 while eliminating the Wildcats from playoff contention (1-4, 3-6), CAK’s overall record improves to 5-4.

Sweetwater, a former Class 2A powerhouse having fallen on hard times in recent seasons, had 257 total yards.


“First of all I want to give thanks to God, it was a great day,” said Kolinski, who scored four touchdowns on 24 carries for 189 yards. “Our line did fantastic job: Andrew Pharaoh up front, and Matt Mabry and Andrew Frazer, they really made the way for me up front and made it a lot easier on me. Made me look good.”

Warrior quarterback Michael Fromke was 11-of-26 passing for 274 yards and two TDs.

Ahead 14-0, the Warriors got a 26-yard pass to Ryan Brooksbank before Fromke found Taylor Moran wide open on a 41-yard touchdown strike down the left sideline with 9:26 left in the second quarter. “Michael just made some amazing throws,” said Brooksbank, playing his second game after recovering from a broken shoulder blade. The senior caught three passes for 64 yards.

Blake Houser hauled in a 34-yard scoring pass. Quinn Epperly’s 23-yard kickoff return and a 32-yard screen pass to Tyler McCoy aided one CAK scoring drive.

JD Arnett, CAK free safety, intercepted a pass. Ethan Poe, linebacker, led the Warriors in total tackles with 15, nine solo, followed by defensive tackle Gabe Atkinson’s nine, seven solo. Linebackers Tyler Eichholtz and Tyler Hardin each had seven total stops.

Matthew Warren, place-kicker, was 5-of-6 on extra points.

Playoff positioning will be at stake as CAK travels to region rival Rockwood Friday, Oct. 31. The sparks may be flying.

“Every time we’ve played Rockwood there’s one thing about them, they are tough, they are physical and they’re going to hit you in the mouth,” Atkinson said. “You better be coming to bring it and have your chin strap buckled or you’re going to get knocked out.

“And they are not big fans of us,” he added. “The past few years we’ve noticed if there’s a team they hate, it’s definitely C-A-K. … It’s a little more intensity when you’re playing against Rockwood.”

 

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