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Ending Alcoa’s 7-year title run, CAK hosts 3A state semifinal

Reece Duncan may own the most important point in Christian Academy of Knoxville football history.

If not, he certainly owns the biggest point of the Warriors’ 2011 season. CAK’s junior placekicker, however, downplayed his hero status.

“I’m no hero at all. Those guys are the heroes,” Duncan said of his teammates after he kicked the game-winning extra point in overtime of CAK’s 38-37 Class 3A quarterfinal victory over rival Alcoa Friday night, Nov. 18, at Warrior Stadium.

Duncan’s PAT capped a comeback victory over the Tornadoes, CAK’s second versus AHS this season, and brought Alcoa’s 7-year state title streak to an end.

Duncan’s kick followed a 10-yard touchdown run by Corey Rathbone on the Warriors’ first offensive play of overtime after Alcoa scored first in OT but missed the extra point.

The Warriors would tie the contest 7-7 when junior quarterback Charlie High (23-of-34, 235 yards, three TDs) connected with Franklin Murchison on a 44-yard scoring strike in the first stanza.

“We won and we overcame adversity ... they’re no longer big, bad Alcoa and we’re a pretty young team,” High said. “I’m looking forward to practicing on Thanksgiving Day, and not sitting at home watching TV and watching Alcoa practice.”

Down 21-7, CAK would pull to 21-10 when Jon Ragland kicked a 32-yard field goal with 39.3 seconds left in the second quarter.

The Warriors then engineered a 7-play drive capped by Rathbone’s 1-yard plunge cutting the lead to 21-17.

CAK took its first lead a short time later when High hit Josh Smith from 98 yards out.

Down 28-24 late in the fourth quarter, the Warriors took the lead after High threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Josh Henson with 1:01 left in regulation.

Alcoa then tied the game at 31 on a 25-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.


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