By Tim Chambers
For the second year in a row the state championship in Class 3-A could run through Knoxville. Johnson County got a Birdseye view of it on Friday.
Christian Academy of Knoxville didnt miss a beat in their 33-7 win over the Longhorns. Nobody expected the Horns to pull off the improbable upset. But the way Cole Smith and company shredded their defense was very scary in one sense.
They rang up 37 first half points and scored on every possession. And they made it look easy, especially Smith.
Smith threw for 413 yards in the first half, completing 26 of 33 passes. He completed them to seven different receivers.
Phillip Nichols had seven catches for 138 yards. He takes his talents to Princeton University next season.
Austin Pope had five catches for 80 yards from his tight end slot. Hell be wearing orange and white next season because hes already signed with Tennessee.
Offensive guard David Vanderstegg (64, 290) is a sure bet to play at the next level. So is Caleb Unkefer (62, 300) who lined up at defense end in addition to his offensive tackle duties.
All the above are seniors. That leaves Smith, only a junior.
He started the final seven games for CAK as a freshman. And hes been there ever since and it shows.
At 62 he can easily find his receivers. And hes their second leading rusher as well.
Hes been selected as a Mr. Football Finalist. Its easy to understand why after his first half performance on Friday.
His name has already drawn the interest of several notable schools. There is no doubt that he will play at the next level.
Hes a great quarterback and their team is very good too, said Johnson County senior defensive back Samuel Wilson.
We played about as hard as we could. They had more talent than anybody we had played this season.
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By Tim Chambers