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Another CAK quick start versus Alcoa dissolves

ALCOA — For the second time this football season, Christian Academy of Knoxville started off strong against Alcoa.

Unfortunately, the unbeaten Class 3A powerhouse and top seed took the lead very late in the first half, and the No. 5-seeded Warriors couldn’t manage to get back on top, losing 31-10.

“They did a great job. They gave everything they had and that’s all I can ask of these guys,” head coach Rusty Bradley said.

CAK (10-2) scored on its first touch. Junior Marcus Walker took the kickoff at the Warrior 23 and, managing to evade all Alcoa defenders, ran 77 yards into the end zone for the touchdown.

“We came out ready to play and we were focused. Marcus made a big play on the kickoff,” Bradley said.

Alcoa slowly drove the ball down the field on its first possession, but the Warriors defense kept them out of the end zone. The Tornadoes had to settle for a 42-yard field goal with 3:54 left in the first quarter.

Four plays into the second quarter, CAK faced a fourth-and-three at the 17. Bradley decided to attempt the field goal. Senior Matthew Warren’s kick was good, and the Warriors lead increased to 10-3 with 10:22 on the clock.

The Tornadoes (12-0) responded strong from that point

Tied 10-10, another Warriors score looked possible when quarterback Quinn Epperly and his many receivers managed to move the ball to Alcoa’s 32 with plenty of time left on the clock.

Then came back-to-back penalties to kill the drive.

Epperly, who completed 21 of 32 passes for 198 yards for the night, said, “It was a fun season. It’s disappointing that we have to lose and go home, but I played with some great guys and had a lot of fun doing it.”

Senior Matthew Smith, defensive end who led CAK with nine tackles, said, “It was a really good season. ... “It was a great group of guys. We were pretty close-knit, and it was fun to play with everybody.”


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