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Prep notebook: CAK throws out the record book


12:00 AM, Dec. 01, 2012 EST
COOKEVILLE — 

Quarterback Charlie High set a state championship game record with six touchdown passes, leading Christian Academy of Knoxville to its second straight Class 3A title with a 48-14 win over Milan at Tennessee Tech on Friday.

High, the offensive MVP, completed 35 of 42 passes for 461 yards.

Milan (12-3) tied the score at 14 when Caleb Powell threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Chad Warden with 10:22 left in the first half, but CAK (14-1) rattled off five straight touchdowns.

Milan linebacker Davon Andrews was named defensive MVP as the Bulldogs took second for the second straight year.

Musical kickers: Brandon McCoy's execution of the onside kick that led to Gordonsville's final touchdown was impressive, in light of the fact he is the backup at that position.

Tyler Coen had handled the team's previous two kickoffs.

"We've had several placekickers," Gordonsville coach Ron Marshall said. "Tyler just turned out to be the best.

"McCoy can do anything if he sets his mind to it. I'm so proud of him. He's overcome a lot of turmoil and really come around as a football player. I can't tell you how much I admire and respect him."

Coming together: Gordonsville-Smith County is one of the area's top rivalries, but there were a number of Smith County football players and fans on hand for the Tigers' win.

"It's been kinda weird," quarterback Payton Watson said. "It's always a bloodbath when we play each other, but we still have respect for Smith County."

Gordonsville has lost one-point season-opening decisions to the Owls each of the last two years. This year's 28-27 overtime loss was the team's only defeat.

"As long as we're not playing each other, we're rooting for each other," Watson said.

Tiger pride: Friday's championship was especially meaningful for Marshall, a 1976 graduate of the school.

"It means everything for our community," said Marshall, one of nine coaches on his 11-man staff that graduated from the school.

"I told our kids, if you want to be remembered forever in Gordonsville, win this game. That trophy will be seen from now on."

By the numbers: Franklin Murchison became CAK's third 1,000-yard receiver with a 44-yard touchdown reception during Friday's Class 3A clash against Milan.

Previously, Davis Howell and Josh Smith reached the milestone.

Howell also became the national all-time leader in receptions during the contest. Howell came into the game with 343 career catches, six short of the mark set by Ben Wonderly of Fairview High School in Sherwood, Ohio, from 2005-08. Howell had eight catches in the first half.

 

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