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Despite jamboree tie with West, CAK, Bradley focused on Grace

Christian Academy of Knoxville had to wait several hours to show off its 2009 football talent against West in Neyland Stadium, but it didn’t affect the Warriors’ game play.

The teams faced off during the last quarter of the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic’s Kick-Off Classic Friday, Aug. 14, and neither managed to put points on the scoreboard.

Rusty Bradley, CAK head coach, rotated senior JD Arnett, sophomore Jordan Ritchie and freshman Charlie High at quarterback.

Junior Quinn Epperly is the CAK starter, but Bradley said he kept him out to avoid risking an injury.

“We were just holding Quinn out, protecting him. He had a great pre-season. He completed 41of 59 passes in our three scrimmages combined. I didn’t want to take a chance with him tonight.”

Against the Rebels, CAK had two turnovers — a fumble early in the game then an interception in the end zone, resulting in West getting the ball at its 20.

In nearly six minutes, the Rebels slowly moved the ball to the Warriors’ 36 and attempted a long field goal. The kick was short, though, and CAK took possession for the final time with just more than a minute left in the game.

Ritchie took all remaining snaps.

“It was a great opportunity for me. I loved playing, but Quinn’s going to take it back and that’s fine with me,” Ritchie said. “I’ve got three years left.”

CAK has no major injuries to report going into the regular season as of Aug. 14.

The first game of the regular season, Week 0, is at Grace Christian Academy Friday, Aug. 21.

Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

“They are a good team. It’s going to be a huge game for us. They had a great season last year,” Bradley said. “Their program is growing, and it’s going to be a huge challenge for us going over there.

“It’s going to be a big game for them, so we need to make sure we’re ready to play.”


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