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CAK air attack, defense smother LHS

Last year’s Christian Academy of Knoxville football game against Loudon was full of lead changes, and the Warriors had to fight until the end to secure the win.

This time around was quite different.

This time, CAK (4-1, 2-0) capitalized on forced turnovers, easily winning the District 4-AA face-off, 35-8, Friday, Sept. 16.

Before halftime, CAK’s defense caused Loudon (2-2, 0-2) to commit three turnovers. In each subsequent drive, CAK scored. Shortly after the mercy rule took effect in the second half, the Warriors’ second string took over. Only then did Loudon score.

CAK quarterback Charlie High completed 17 of 24 passes for 231 yards and said, “Defense really stepped it up, and I was proud of them.”

Linebacker Colby Maddux said, “Our d-line came out to play. They were getting pressure on the quarterback. He wasn’t having time to make good reads, so he’d throw it up and we’d get fumbles, we’d get picks.”

The Warrior defense also got a lot of sacks. Maddux, a senior, dropped the quarterback once for a loss of six yards.

“The left-handed quarterback didn’t really see me coming. So it was kind of a linebacker’s dream.”

Senior Josh Henson had two sacks and eight tackles total, and CAK head coach, Rusty Bradley, said, “He made a lot of plays defensively. Every time I looked up, he was around the ball.”

The defensive end said last week’s loss to Grace had a lot to do with his performance.

“Coach [Mark] Bradley challenged the defensive line to step it up because obviously we just got destroyed last week against Grace. It was really embarrassing for us,” Henson added. “We had to show people what we really are about.”

CAK’s kicking game also showed a lot of improvement.

Reece Duncan nailed all five of his extra point attempts after missing several last week.

Bradley said he was pleased with the junior.

Duncan “really stepped it up and was focused and worked hard all week; he deserved that to happen for him.”

Jon Ragland, a senior, took over kick-off duties and all but one resulted in touchbacks.

“He did a great job. He’s got a strong leg, and I think it really helped us defensively to have them starting on the 20-yard line,” Bradley said.

CAK will host Gibbs Friday, Sept. 23. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

“They’re fast and really good, so we’re gonna have to step it up against Gibbs,” High said.


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