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Warriors breeze past Sweetwater

Christian Academy of Knoxville quickly took control of its first round Class 3A playoff game Friday, Nov. 4, versus Sweetwater.

The Warriors won 42-22.

CAK (9-2) received the ball first, and it took the offense only 1:04 to score. On his fourth play, quarterback Charlie High threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Davis Howell. Four minutes later, High threw a TD to Franklin Murchison, and CAK was up 14-0.

“Charlie's a great quarterback and always puts the ball where he needs to. We were just clicking and so we scored early,” Howell, who caught 6 passes for 99 yards, said.

Warrior head coach Rusty Bradley added, “I was pleased with how our guys played. I thought we executed well. We did a nice job of scoring every time we had the ball [in the first half], and that was big for us.”

High completed 18 of 21 passes for 243 yards and five touchdowns in the first half.

Jordan Ritchie caught one touchdown pass, while Howell and Murchison both caught two. Corey Rathbone carried the ball into the end zone once.

The Warrior defense also was effective against Sweetwater (5-6). Colby Maddux, Reagan Matlock, Zac Haga and Ryan Long each got to the Wildcats’ quarterback once.

“Our defense did a nice job of… getting in the backfield and pressuring their quarterback and forcing some errant throws. Obviously we were able to get to him with four sacks, and I was really pleased with those guys,” Bradley said.

The game wasn't as close as the score suggests. CAK's backup players were on the field nearly the entire second half.

“We've got a lot of guys we like coming up, so it was exciting to see them get some time on the field,” Howell said.

John Sharpe, a freshman, and Michael Sanderson, a sophomore, shared quarterback responsibilities in the second half of the game. “I felt like I went in pretty prepared,” Sharpe said, “I'm just glad I got to see some playing time.”

High added, “It was big that we were able to rest our starters for the whole second half so no one got hurt and we could rest for a big game against Polk County next week.”

The second round of the playoffs kicks off at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at CAK. Josh Smith is expected to start on offense after limited playing time the last two weeks due to a bone contusion in his ankle.


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