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CAK slugs Gibbs

Many defenses have a hard time stopping Christian Academy of Knoxville’s passing game, and Gibbs was no exception when the two teams battled it out, Friday, Sept. 23, at CAK.

At the end of the night, three of CAK’s receivers had more than 100 yards each, and quarterback Charlie High threw for nearly 500 yards and no interceptions.

Rusty Bradley, Warriors head coach, said he was proud of his guys (5-1, 2-0) and their 49-26 win over the Eagles (3-3).

“I knew [Gibbs was] only going to bring three on their pass rush and drop guys on coverage, but Charlie did a nice job of finding the windows in the pass coverage and executing the passing game.”

High, a junior, attributed his 488 yards, and completing 32 of 43 passes for five touchdowns, to the other Warriors.

“Protection was really great tonight. The line is doing really well for a young line,” he said. “And receivers are making plays… It’s easy to throw to three amazing receivers.”

Davis Howell, also a junior, caught three touchdown passes and said things were going well offensively. “We were clicking on all parts of the game,” he said. “Charlie’s a great quarterback.”

Tailback Corey Rathbone also had a good game with 85 yards rushing, four catches and one TD.

“Charlie played great, and the line blocked. I only get runs when they block,” he said.

The junior plays on both sides of the ball and had an interception that led to the Warriors’ last score. “When I saw the out route, I broke up and happened to get the interception. It felt really good,” Rathbone said.

Inexperience still shows in the Warriors’ defense, but Bradley was pleased with their effort.

“Gibbs ran play action … and our safety lost his responsibility in man coverage and gave up a couple of touchdowns, but that’s part of it. We’re still young and inexperienced, [but] I thought overall we played pretty well,” he said.

The Warriors may face its next opponent, district rival Scott County this Friday at CAK, without fullback Chip Rhodes, who had a “knee issue” and was on crutches.


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