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Praiseworthy Warriors include OL, LBs


Christian Academy of Knoxville easily defeated Grace Christian Academy during CAK's season opener Thursday, Aug. 19.

After a 28-6 win, CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said he thought several of his players performed well.

“I thought our offensive line did a good job with pass protection,” he said. “I was pleased with that. I thought Davis [Howell] made some plays. I thought Carson [Pegram] did a nice job.

“Defensively, it seemed like our two inside linebackers were making plays, and I was pleased with that as well,” he added.


The Warriors put points on the board immediately when quarterback Quinn Epperly connected with sophomore Howell in the end zone.

“Davis is a phenomenal wide receiver,” Bradley said. “He's got great hands. He's a great athlete. He runs great routes. I've been very pleased with his development. I've been very pleased with all of our receivers.”

Reece Duncan converted all four extra points on the night.

Grace controlled the ball the rest of the first quarter and into the second, “But I thought we did a good job of keeping them out of the end zone for the most part,” Bradley said.

Warriors inside linebacker Jacob Duncan said, “We'd been trying to play hard-nosed defense all game, and our guys up front opened up holes and we made penetration. We had guys swarm at the ball.”

In the next Christian Academy scoring possession, Epperly alternated pass and run plays until he found senior Zach Mead for the touchdown with 3:37 left in half. It was 14-0.

“We watched a lot of film, and we knew that would be a big play. That's why we kept hitting them with it,” said Mead, who had four catches for 77 yards.

Epperly added, “Zach played extremely well all night. Every time the kid got the ball he split the defense, made a guy miss, or something to get some extra yards.

“The same is true of Davis.”

Shortly after, CAK was given a golden opportunity and converted. Inside linebacker Hunter Berrong recovered a fumbled kickoff at the GCA 31.

Epperly ran to the end zone with less than a minute left in the half, putting CAK up 21-0.

The final touchdown was scored by Epperly, when he ran it into end zone with 10:37 left in the game.

Next up for the Warriors is Seymour. Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, at SHS.

 

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