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By BRODY JONES
What had been a long, arduous season for the Kingston Yellow Jackets came to a merciful end when the Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Warriors swatted the Jackets by a 42-14 margin on Friday night.
“The kids played hard against a really good team,” Kingston head coach Brian Pankey said after the game. “I wish we could have won for these seniors, but if the worst thing that ever happens to these kids is going 0-10, then that would be alright.”
CAK started quickly as it took the Warriors took a mere five plays to cover 57 yards with Drew Jost rambling five yards into the end zone.
The PAT was true and through to make the score 7-0 with 9:43 left in the opening quarter.
The Warriors was at it again with Jost barreling into the end zone from three yards out to cap off a five-play, 38-yard drive to make the score 14-0 with 6:07 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors next drive took five plays to cover 61 yards, scoring on a Cole Smith to Phillip Nichols Tim Tebow-esque jump pass from six yards out, making the score 21-0 with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
After both teams ping-ponged possession through punts and a fumble recovery by Bryson Ashford along the way, the Warriors scored again on a five-play, 66-yard drive late in the second quarter, scoring on a Smith to Nichols six-yard touchdown strike, making the score 28-0 with 1:19 left in the first half.
Following a muffed punt by the Warriors, it took two plays to cover 44 yards when Maurice Lane turned on the jets and blasted 46 yards into the end zone for the Jackets. Gabe Shillings added the PAT for Kingston to make the score 28-7 with 9:23 left in the third quarter.
The Warriors answered right back, wrapping up a seven-play, 56-yard drive with the Jost scoring from 14 yards out to make the score 35-7 with 6:02 left in the third quarter.
Following a Kingston punt, CAK was at it again on their next drive, marching 72 yards in seven plays with Jost again rumbling into the end zone, this time from five yards out, making the score 42-7 with 1:29 remaining in the third quarter.
Kingston used a time-consuming 12-play, 56-yard drive, wrapped up with a Logan Malenovsky to Cody Mitchell 13-yard touchdown strike that made the score 42-14 with 4:06 left in the game.
Kingston finished the season with a 0-10 record but returns several starters for next season.
Rushing- Lane 5-47 with 1 TD, Poland 5-14, Malenovsky 14-9, Davis 1-1, Bolden 3-3, Edmonds 2-11.
Passing- Malenovsky 6-14 for 32 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs, Bolden 1-2 for 15 yards.
Receiving- Lane 3-11, Mitchell 2-17 with 1 TD, Kitts 1-15, Plemens 1-4.