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Unbeaten CAK rallies in 2nd half at Scott

It was a tough fight, but Christian Academy of Knoxville remains undefeated after it fought off Scott County, 35-14, during a Friday, Oct. 1, football match-up on the road.

“I thought our guys did a really nice job of fighting through adversity. In the first half things didn’t really go our way,” CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said. “We had three offensive possessions. We had to punt on the first one, and then they stopped us inside the 10 on fourth down.

“Defensively, we gave up some big plays.”

Neither team in this District 4-AA match-up scored in the first quarter.

By the end of the second quarter, CAK, now 7-0, was down 14-7. While he may not have thought so in the locker room at the half, by post-game Bradley said he thought it was good to be trailing.

“We were losing at halftime. I thought that was actually – now that the game is over and we won – I thought that it was good for us to have to fight through some adversity because finishing up the season with our last three games and then the playoffs, that’s what we’re going to have to do; you’re going to have stuff not go your way,” he added.

Momentum shifted away from Scott, now 3-3, and to CAK during the third quarter. Bradley said it was a combination of effective offense and defense that really turned things around.

“I think that what really kind of turned things for us, when we received the kickoff at the beginning of the second half,” he added.

“We went right down and scored. That swung the momentum back in our favor, and then the next drive we held them. Then on our next drive, it was tied 14-14, we had a fourth-and-nine in the red zone, and we were able to convert that and take it on in and score.”

Warrior quarterback Quinn Epperly had another good game. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 256 yards. He had a hand in four touchdowns.

Sophomore Davis Howell caught two of Epperly’s touchdown passes.

“Davis did a nice job of running routes and avoiding the tackle after the catch. He does a nice job of making plays for us,” Bradley said.

Josh Smith, another sophomore, also caught a touchdown pass. Senior tailback Carson Pegram had 24 carries for 173 yards and ran the ball into the end zone once.

On the other side of the ball, senior cornerback Zach Scott led the team with nine tackles, followed by senior inside linebacker Tyler Eichholtz with eight, senior inside linebacker Jacob Duncan with seven, and junior outside linebacker Colby Maddux with six.

“We put Zach on their best receiver, and we put him in a difficult situation where he had to play both man and zone coverage against their best receiver. He did a nice job of eliminating their big plays and coming up and making tackles,” Bradley said.

Next week is a bye week for CAK, followed by another district game at home against Kingston. Opening kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15.

About Kingston, Bradley said, “They were very young last year. They had a lot of sophomores playing last year, so now they’re a year older.

“They have a great tradition there, and growing up, Kingston was always a power,” he added. “So playing at home is going to be a big game for us, obviously, because it’s a district game that we need to win.”


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