Jackets end season at CAK

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By Brody Jones

Much like their first encounter, the Kingston Yellow Jackets hung tough with the Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors, but the Warriors pulled away in the second half to score a 34-6 win, ending the Yellow Jackets season. 

“I thought we played well in the first half,” said Kingston head coach Vic King. “We had a couple of scoring opportunities early on, but we couldn’t punch it in. We played against a great team tonight, but we didn’t cover well and we let the quarterback get away way too many times tonight.” 

Kingston got the ball to start the game at their own 45 yard line and failed to pick up the first down after going for it on fourth down. CAK then took possession and seemingly had a touchdown, but the referee ruled the receiver didn’t have possession of the ball, and the Warriors were eventually forced to punt. 

Kingston then failed to pick up a first down and punted it to the Warriors, who embarked on a 7-play, 67-yard drive capped off with a Quinn Epperly to Franklin Murchison 38-yard touchdown strike.

The PAT was no good, making the score 6-0 with 3:02 left in the first quarter. 

Kingston managed to move the chains once on their next drive before being forced to punt. 

CAK got to their own 47 yard line and went on a 6-play, 53-yard drive with a Carson Pegram finding the end zone from three yards out. 

John Broyles booted the PAT through the uprights to make the score 13-0 with 11:29 left in the half.

Kingston got all the way to the 2 yard line of the Warriors on their next drive before failing to pick up the first down, giving the Warriors the ball. 

On the next play, Kingston’s Woody Thompson picked off a CAK pass to give the Jackets the ball. Euphoria quickly turned into anguish however, when Charlie High intercepted a Kingston pass. 

CAK got deep in Jackets territory on their next drive before Preston King picked off a pass for the Jackets.

Kingston then put together another solid drive and got inside the CAK 15 yard line before they were turned back by the Warrior defense. 

CAK ran out the clock to take a 13-0 halftime lead.

The Warriors came out to play in the second half with a 6-play, 76-yard drive, wrapped up with an Epperly to Murchison 36-yard touchdown pass.

Broyles’ PAT was good, making the score 20-0 with 8:49 left in the third quarter. 

CAK scored again on their next possession as they went on a 9-play, 87-yard drive, that was finished off by a 3-yard Pegram touchdown. 

Broyles’ PAT was good, making the score 27-0 with 3:42 to go in the third quarter. 

After a Jacket punt, Kingston’s Brody Roberts intercepted an errant Warriors pass for an interception, but on the next play, the Warriors Colby Maddux intercepted a Kingston pass. This set up a 3-play, 24-yard drive that was concluded by another Pegram touchdown, this time from five yards out. 

Broyles PAT was good, making the score 34-0 with 38.3 seconds left in the third quarter. 

After trading punts to begin the fourth quarter, Kingston made a trip to the end zone with a 6-play, 61-yard drive, finished off by a 13-yard run by Coty Groves. 

The PAT was no good, making the score 34-6 with 4:22 left, which is how the game would end.

CAK was led through the air by Epperly (20-30, 282 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs) and he also had six carries for 98 yards. 

Pegram (12-68-3 TDs)  led the Warriors ground attack while Murchison (5-117-2 TDs), Josh Smith (6- 74), and Davis Howell (5-69) led the receivers

Darrin Mossing (12-27, 186 yards, 2 INTs) led the passing game for the Jackets while Coty Groves (15-76-1 TD) was the leading rusher while Robbie Szozda (3-67), Woody Thompson (3-61), and Jordan Jones (3-51) led the Kingston receiving corps. 

Kingston finishes their season at 6-5. 

 “I think we had a good year,” said Coach King. “We had a lot of young kids, we only had five seniors that played a lot this year and they were a good group and I’m proud of them for showing leadership and fighting hard.”