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CAK seizes momentum after break, rolls 47-28

Christian Academy of Knoxville’s football season opened up slightly earlier than most teams, but playing Thursday, Aug. 18, didn’t stop the Warriors from pummeling Anderson County, 47-28.

The two teams are known for their passing games, and both have inexperienced quarterbacks.

But CAK’s Charlie High had little trouble, throwing five touchdowns and passing for 426 yards. He also carried the ball into the end zone once.

“I was really pleased with Charlie. I knew he’d be OK. He’s a competitor. He works hard. He’s a smart kid. He understands our system,” CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said. “I can’t ask for any more out of him.”

At the end of the night, both teams had nearly 500 offensive yards. It all came down to turnovers, and the Warriors defense forced Anderson County to make plenty.

“Our defense really stepped up tonight,” High said.

Jordan Ritchie, Colby Maddux and Billy Spencer each intercepted a Maverick pass. All three resulted in CAK touchdowns.

Ritchie, who started the game on both sides of the ball after missing last season due to a battle with cancer, also recovered an Anderson County fumble for a touchback, stopping the Mavericks’ first series at the 4.

“To see what God has done in Jordan’s life in this last year, and for him to be healthy, is special. It’s a testament to how good God is and Jordan’s fight,” Bradley said.

“It was fun to be back out there,” Ritchie said. “It was a perfect introduction back.”

Josh Smith caught three touchdown passes. Davis Howell caught two and tailback Corey Rathbone carried the ball into the end zone.

“They were great calls,” Smith said. “Our quarterback, Charlie, did a great job.”

Lightning stopped the game early in the fourth quarter, and when play resumed about 11 p.m., the Warriors had a renewed energy.

Before the restart, “We did what we do for pre-game warm-up so we came out fired up, and we played really hard,” High said.


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