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Blances run Webb back to title game; CAK out
Warriors eliminated by Alcoa for sixth year in a row — held to 97 yards passing

For the sixth year in a row, Alcoa has ended Christian Academy of Knoxville's football season.

The two teams faced off at Alcoa's Goddard Field Friday, Nov. 19, and in the end the Warriors came up short, 14-3.

“I'm proud of our guys. We're always going to fight and compete as hard as we can, and I thought our guys did thay,” CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said.

“We needed to play tough football tonight, and Alcoa's a great team. They deserve to move on to the next game. They did a good job,” Jacob Duncan, CAK inside linebacker, added.

CAK's defense managed to keep Alcoa (13-0) to just two scores, which is far better than any other team has fared against the Tornadoes this season.

“I thought the defense did a great job of stepping up and making some stops,” Bradley said. “We really focused this week on trying to get as many hats to the ball as we could and getting off blocks.”

Senior cornerback Zach Scott, who had seven tackles for the night, said, “We just knew what they were going to do in the red zone. They were going to get into the three-back set and two tight ends and just try to give it to Darrell Warren and run down the middle.

“We were ready for them. Our linebackers, our D-line did a great job stopping everything inside,” he added. “Charlie High did a great job several times coming up and making big hits from safety. Defense was able to do pretty well tonight.”

Freshman kicker John Broyles put up CAK's only points with a 17-yard first quarter field goal.

Quarterback Quinn Epperly, who repeatedly had to deal with pressure throughout the game, completed an uncharacteristic 12 of 29 passes for 97 yards.

“We had some opportunities for some plays that we weren't able to capitalize on, and we had some protection issues. You've got to give [Alcoa] credit; they made plays, and we weren't able to,” Bradley said.

It didn't help that leading receiver Davis Howell was on the sidelines with a broken collar bone.

At 11-2, this year's CAK team won more games than any other in school history. “It was a great year,” Bradley said.

“I told these guys at the beginning of the year that God has a purpose for bringing all of us together, and I feel like that purpose was served. I don't understand why it had to end like this, but it's not up to us to try to figure it out. We've just got to trust God, that he had a purpose for us and it was fulfilled.”

Scott said he enjoyed his senior season.

“It was amazing. Pretty much everything you'd want as a senior, but a couple games short. It was a heck of a ride. It was a great time.”

Perhaps Duncan, also a senior, summed it up best.

“It's been a blast. I wish it wasn't over.”


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