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CAK strikes quick, but Alcoa wins

ALCOA — Christian Academy of Knoxville’s football season ended Friday, Nov. 14, when four-time defending Class 2A state champ Alcoa handed the Warriors another disappointing loss, 28-14, in round two of the state playoffs.

“I’m proud of our guys,” CAK head football coach Rusty Bradley said. “We had some opportunities that we couldn’t quite punch in, but that goes with the territory of playing Alcoa. They do a phenomenal job. Their kids played hard, our kids played hard, and we just came up short.”

The first score didn’t come until CAK quarterback Michael Fromke fired a pass to receiver Taylor Moran 10 seconds into the second quarter. Matt Warren secured the extra point.

It took Alcoa two possessions before the Tornadoes cut the lead to 7-6, missing its extra point.

From CAK’s 42 following a punt, Alcoa (11-1) capitalized on the short field, scoring 1:40 seconds later to lead 14-7 at halftime.

Short punts and turnovers kept CAK from reclaiming the lead.

The Warriors scored the last touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter. Warrior Tyler McCoy forced Alcoa’s Cameron Foster to fumble, and Marcus Walker recovered the ball for CAK, which led to another touchdown pass to Moran.

About the final touchdown, Bradley said, “Taylor just took the ball away from the defender and made the play.”

Fromke, who finished the season with 2,682 passing yards and two rushing touchdowns, praised his coaches.

“It’s a testament to how much work they put in, to their dedication,” he said. “They really prepare us well for each game, so that we know what we’re going to do before the snap, so that we know what to expect when we get there.”

With the season over, the Warriors (7-5) found little comfort in knowing they are the only visiting team to score a touchdown on Alcoa’s Goddard Field.

“It’s heartbreaking. No one wants the season to end before the state championship,” said Moran, who had nine touchdowns for the season and led the team with 883 reception yards.

Meanwhile, the CAK defense held Alcoa to 17 points under its season average. Senior lineman Gabe Atkinson said, “I think [our defense has] had one of our best seasons this year. Everyone played their heart out.”

Several Warriors ended the game with total tackles in double-digits, including J.D. Arnett with 14, McCoy with 13 and Ethan Poe with 12. Poe led the team in total tackles for the season with 145.


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