First round TSSAA Division II-AA playoff trips to Chattanooga and Nashville didn’t turn out fruitful for either Christian Academy of Knoxville or Webb School of Knoxville Friday night, Nov. 8.
Travis Mozingo’s Warriors saw their season come to a close at 8-3 after a 42-10 setback at Chattanooga Christian (7-3). The Chargers also won 14-3 at CAK during a regular season visit Sept. 27.
Luke Myers, sophomore linebacker, led Christian Academy in total tackles with 17, 12 unassisted.
Max Smith, senior linebacker who has been among the county’s top tacklers, was right behind with 14 total, six unassisted.
Denzel Jackson, sophomore defensive back, added 13 total, five unassisted.
Dave Meske’s Spartans were blanked at Christ Presbyterian Academy (5-6) 35-0, ending its season at 3-7.
Defensively, senior linebacker Luc Nadaud led Webb in tackles with eight. Grayson Taylor, senior defensive back, added six stops while forcing a pair of fumbles.
“I feel like our staff had the team prepared, but we were simply beaten by a team whose depth we couldn’t match — especially this late in the season with multiple injuries,” Mozingo said.
Looking back at the entire season, which included winning farragutpress’ How the West Was Won presented by PureMagic Carwash contest for best regular season record among six Farragut-area schools (8-2), “I’m extremely pleased with the accomplishments of the 2019 football team,” the CAK skipper said. “As always we’ll be judged by our record, but the most significant achievement is the continued development of our football program’s culture.
“This was the first group of seniors that matriculated under the new leadership,” Mozingo added “They’re a reflection of the mission of CAK football, which is to build young men toward authentic manhood.
“As the head coach, I am proud of the finished product. This senior class has left a strong legacy — both on and off the field. They should be proud.”
“It’s been a hard year,” said Meske, who just finished his 35th season as Spartans head coach with a rare losing season. “But at the same time I’m really proud of the players because they played hard.
“… I couldn’t ask more of them because of the way they presented themselves,” he added. “There was no quit in them, there was no negativity in them — they just kept going.
“And we do have a lot of our kids back next year — we only had five seniors this year.”