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Loudon points match CAK losses; state’s No. 7 Warriors roll

In its first shutout of the season, Christian Academy of Knoxville the state’s No. 7-ranked (AP) Class 4A team, beat Loudon 24-0 Friday, Sept. 18, at CAK.

This District 4-AA game was delayed 15 minutes due to lightning, but when CAK (5-0) finally got the ball, it was quick to score.

The first drive took 1:20 and ended in a 46-yard field goal by senior Matt Warren.

Six minutes later, freshman Josh Smith forced a Loudon fumble that Warrior JD Arnett recovered. On the next play, CAK quarterback Quinn Epperly connected with Blake Houser for the TD, making it 10-0 with more than four minutes left in the first quarter.

The ball was in Loudon’s hands for much of the rest of the half, marching to the CAK 8 once, but the Warrior defense held.

“We had to shut them down as much as we possibly could, and I thought our defense did a phenomenal job of swarming to the football, playing their assignments, recognizing what was going on and making plays,” CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said.

Chris Jaeger, CAK defensive end who had 6.5 tackles, agreed that stopping LHS there was key. “Loudon [2-2] came out playing hard, and we knew the second half was going to be crazy.”

The defense began CAK’s second half scoring when Marcus Walker, junior cornerback, had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown with 8:35 left in the third quarter.

“Marcus has been great. This is his second game in a row with an interception, and they’ve really been momentum-changing plays,” said Epperly, who already has thrown for more than 1,000 yards this season.

Eichholtz, who had 10 tackles for the night, added, “Our defensive line played great. The right defensive tackle in particular, Steven Fortner. ... He keeps me without blockers, so I can run pretty freely with him up there.”

The Warriors’ last score was an 89-yard march highlighted by Epperly’s 39-yard pass to Blake Houser, who wasn’t tackled until he reached the 50. Carson Pegram scored the last touchdown.


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