Knoxville, (WVLT-TV), A warm and muggy evening in Knoxville turned stormy late. Also brewing was the storm over on the Christian Academy of Knoxville sideline.
It was Rusty Bradley's warriors hosting Davey Gillum's Anderson County Mavericks. Both were playoff teams a year ago and both expect to contend this season.
Anderson County has been known for it's high powered offense in recent years and with the edition of defensive coordinator and former Maryville head coach Tim Hammontree on the staff, AC is hoping to
see some high octane out of it's defense.
Unfortunately for the Mavs, they couldn't put the brakes on potent
CAK offense Thursday night. The Warriors drove right down the field on their first possession and scored East Tennessee's first touchdown of the season on a Charlie High to Josh Smith TD pass.
Smith would catch three TD passes from High, who was unquestionably the games most valuable player. What an opening night performance for #12, who showed poise in the pocket and tremendous awareness all night long. High's stats, 36 of 43 for 416 yards and 5 TD's.
The Mavs would make an early second half push to pull to within one score at 28-21. But a lengthy weather delay took the air out of AC's sails. When the game resumed, so did CAK's offensive attack. The Warriors would add three more scores and go on to win by a final of 47-28.
Be sure to catch the highlights from the first full Friday night of High School football action on the Pilot PrepXtra postgame report August 19th and every Friday night throughout the season beginning at 11:11pm. on WVLT.