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Playoff home openers a rout for CAK, Irish
Warriors dump Kingston behind Pegram’s 3 TDs

Christian Academy of Knoxville had little trouble advancing to the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

They hosted and beat Kingston 34-6 during the first round Friday, Nov. 5.

The Yellowjackets (7-4) didn't score until the fourth quarter when CAK head coach Rusty Bradley pulled out most of his starters.

Inside linebacker Jacob Duncan said, “We just played sound defense tonight. We played four quarters. We were playing together and we played hard.”

Colby Maddux, a junior, said, “It was nice to get our act back together. Our defense hasn't been playing too great, but we got it back together and hopefully we can keep this rolling throughout the playoffs.”

Warrior quarterback Quinn Epperly threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, both to sophomore Franklin Murchison.

“Franklin's the kind of guy that everybody forgets about because of Davis [Howell] and Josh [Smith], but he's a great athlete,” Bradley said. “He makes a lot of plays for us. He's a very, very athletic kid who can go up and get the ball in traffic.”

Murchison had 119 receiving yards despite being double covered for his first TD catch.

“Our offensive line has been blocking great for Quinn. He made a great pass. I saw two defenders, so I just tried to go after the ball,” he said.

The three remaining TDs for CAK (10-1) were scored by tailback Carson Pegram.

“Quinn and our receivers did a great job throwing the ball,” Pegram said.

Pegram's last score came two plays after Maddux, outside linebacker, intercepted the ball.

“[Kingston was] throwing a lot of slants, and outside backers are out there in the flat because we run mostly cover three,” Maddux, who had nine tackles, said of his second pick.

“Colby is one of those guys who's always going to be in the right position,” Bradley said.

Polk County, No. 3 quadrant seed, comes to CAK Friday, Nov. 12. Opening kickoff is 7 p.m.


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