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Warriors not distracted
CAK moves to 2-0 after ripping Seymour, 35-6

Christian Academy of Knoxville’s football team had many reasons to be distracted during its Friday game against Seymour.

They dedicated a new athletic fieldhouse in the Aug. 28 home opener. They had a big dinner to welcome new families. And the game ball was delivered by paratrooper Lt. Col. Keith Hanley.

Still, the Warriors managed to beat Seymour 35-6.

“Our kids are so mature. I talked to them all week about the potential distractions before this game,” head coach Rusty Bradley said.

Seymour (0-2) was the first to strike with a 56-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter.

The Warriors responded featuring junior Marcus Walker, carrying the ball more than 50 yards in four plays by the time he reached the end zone with 4:37 left in the first quarter. Senior Matthew Warren secured the extra point, one of five he would convert on the night.

Walker, new to the tailback position, said, “I’ve loved it so far. It’s been fun… I need to lower my shoulders a bit more.”

Blake Houser scored CAK’s second touchdown with an 8-yard reception just 46 seconds into the second quarter. Houser finished with six receptions for 75 yards.

Defensively, Warriors linebacker Colby Maddux turned his interception into a score nine seconds after a CAK turnover, making it 21-6 at halftime.

Of the play, Maddux said, “I read the quarterback. I saw where he was throwing it so I waited there for it to come to me. Since we were on the 10-yard-line, I thought it would be a pretty easy run-in.”

The sophomore had 4.5 tackles for the night, second only to Tyler Eichholtz, who had 7.5.

Warriors quarterback Quinn Epperly, who threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, said his defense deserves a lot of credit.

“They stepped up huge. Every week they back me up. Last week, I had a bunch of interceptions, and every time they were there to back me up.” The coach agreed.

Individually, Bradley said, “I love Matt Smith’s leadership. He is the guy who is setting the tone for us defensively. I think our defensive line does a really nice job of getting good push and creating penetration on any play.”

In the fourth quarter, Epperly connected with receiver Davis Burton for a touchdown. The final score was Carson Pegram’s TD run with 4:32 left in the game.

“I was really proud of Carson Pegram because he came back from fumbling the last couple of games ... proud of him for fighting through that adversity and scoring for us,” Bradley said.

CAK faces its first District 4-AA opponent Friday at Stone Memorial. Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 p.m. CDT.


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