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CAK starts fast, but falls to No. 1 AHS

Blake Houser, CAK wide receiver (21), fights an Alcoa defender for possession of a pass.- adria Amos/farragutpress
The final score may have been 24-7 Alcoa, but things started out really well for Christian Academy of Knoxville during its Friday, Oct. 30, home game against the No. 1-ranked and defending state champ Tornadoes.

The Warriors (9-1, 4-1 in District 4-AA) were the first to put points on the board in the battle for the district title.

Quarterback Quinn Epperly connected with fullback Josh Henson for a 4-yard touchdown pass on the eighth play of the game.

Henson said, “It was a good momentum-builder…”

CAK head coach Rusty Bradley added, “We came out and were emotional; we were focused; we were ready to play. ...”

But a field goal and 25-yard rushing touchdown by Jaron Toney put Alcoa (10-0, 5-0) up 10-7, and AHS never looked back. By game’s end, Alcoa gained more than 400 yards while holding the Warriors to just 98.

Epperly, who averages more than 200 passing yards per game, only had 54.

Tailback Carson Pegram, who led CAK with 47 rushing yards, said, “We had trouble keeping our composure under pressure.”

Jacob Duncan, who led the Warriors with 10 tackles, said, “We’ve got to play better as a whole to be honest. We had parts [of the defense] that were kind of weak tonight.”


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