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Epperly’s five TDs fuel No. 2 CAK

Christian Academy of Knoxville, ranked No. 2 statewide in Class 3A, dominated another football game and remains undefeated after its Friday, Sept. 10, game at Carter.

Senior quarterback Quinn Epperly threw for five touchdown passes and 289 yards, 27-of-37, in a 48-20 win improving CAK to 4-0. Carter falls to 1-3.

Running back Carson Pegram, who caught CAK’s first TD pass and scored three times overall, had more receiving yards than rushing yards. “Carson catches the ball well out of the backfield. ... He did a nice job of catching the ball and making something happen after he did,” CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said.

“We had a game plan, and we saw what they did and used it to our advantage. Quinn did a great job reading it, and I just got what I could with it,” Pegram said.

While receiver Josh Smith also was prominent in the passing game with a scoring catch, Davis Howell caught two TD passes. Reece Duncan converted all four first-half extra points as CAK led 28-6 at halftime.

Smith “is a very physical wide receiver. That’s what I like about him, Zach [Mead], Davis, Franklin [Murchison], and all of them ...,” Bradley said.

Smith said, “I just love blocking. I like hitting, and I love Quinn, so I’m going to do the best I can for him.”

Epperly added, “The kid just wants to find someone to hit hard when I’m running the ball. That’s something all our receivers do well.”

Jacob Duncan led CAK with 12 tackles. “Our defensive lineman really had to pass rush hard tonight, and they did a good job,” he said. “[Defensive backs] did a good job. I think altogether, it was a good defensive effort.”

CAK faces their second District 4-AA competitor next week at Loudon.

“That’s going to be a big game for us. Besides Alcoa, they’re the toughest team we play in the district. We’ve got to come ready to play,” Bradley said. “We haven’t played well at Loudon since I’ve been [at CAK], so that’s something we’ve got to do a good job of getting mentally ready to play and playing as hard as we can.”

“We’ve always had trouble playing at Loudon. We’ve got to be physically and mentally ready to play, which is going to be a challenge, but I think we’re going to do well,” Pegram added.

Kick-off is at 7:30, Friday, Sept. 17.


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