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Bluegrass trek results in CAK blowout win

Traveling might have been the hardest part of Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Friday, Aug. 26, game.

The Warriors had a long drive to Lexington Christian Academy’s field in Lexington, Ky., but once they arrived, they made winning look easy, beating the Eagles 50-7.

“We are excited. It was a fun win,” CAK head coach Rusty Bradley said.

The Warriors’ starting offense was unstoppable. Quarterback Charlie High threw a touchdown pass to Josh Smith on CAK’s first offensive play and didn’t stop scoring until Bradley sent in his backup players in the third quarter.

About that first play, Bradley said, “Josh caught the hitch and just made the corner miss and took it in from there. It was a nice play by Josh.”

In less than three quarters, High completed 24 of 34 passes for 377 yards and five touchdowns. Smith caught eight balls for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Davis Howell, Chip Rhodes and Jordan Ritchie also caught TDs. Corey Rathbone, who transferred from Maryville, carried the ball into the end zone twice.

“I feel like we’re executing well offensively. Charlie’s making a lot of good decisions,” Bradley said. “Davis and Josh, experienced players from last year, are doing a nice job of picking up where they left off. Jordan’s done a nice job of stepping in for Franklin [Murchison] while he’s out. Corey Rathbone is probably one of the more talented backs we’ve ever had.

“Everybody was kind of worried because we have five new starters up front on the offensive line, and they’ve just been phenomenal.”

CAK’s defense also didn’t have any trouble handling LCA (0-2). Billy Spencer and Doug Redford intercepted Eagle passes, while Josh Henson, Sean Wagner and Chance Kennedy each dropped LCA’s quarterback behind the line.

“Our guys up front did a good job putting pressure on the quarterback,” Bradley said. “Secondary did a nice job of breaking up balls and making some plays.”

The backup defense held the Eagles scoreless and even put points on the board with a safety.

“That’s our future, and to get those guys on the field and get them some playing time was very valuable. I was really excited about that.”

CAK (2-0) is on the road again for their matchup against Stone Memorial. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2. Two key players from last season, Murchison and Clay Powers, have been cleared to return after recovering from pre-season injuries.


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