The weather wasn’t the only thing extremely hot on Friday night when Christ Presbyterian Academy took the field at Vanderbilt stadium against Knoxville Catholic.
So was the defending Class 4A champion Fighting Irish, and the Lions could do little to stop them.
From the game’s first play - a 50-yard touchdown bomb that gave the Irish a 7-0 lead, till the final Knoxville Catholic touchdown made it 45-0, CPA could not stop the juggernaut.
Knoxville Catholic jumped out to an early 24-0 lead to end the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Lions, things didn’t get any better in the second. The Irish continued to pour it on, scoring three more touchdowns and taking a 45-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
It was a freaky night of weather last Friday, affecting a number of games as lightning flashed causing some games to be called early. The scoring for both teams ended at halftime and the game ended 45-0.
The Lions fell to 0-2 on the season and will look to right the ship this week against league rival WhiteHouse Heritage.
Senior quarterback Chase Cunningham ended up 13 of 17 for 320 yards and three touchdowns for Knoxville Catholic.
Senior Amari Rodgers finished with four catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including the 50-yarder to open the game.
There were few highlights for the Lions, who will look to learn from the lessons of the last two weeks.
This is one of the youngest teams to ever take the field for Coach Ingle Martin, and their first two games were against experienced non-league champions.
Look for a much different result next week when CPA takes on White-House Heritage in a Class 3A showdown. With eight games remaining and league play just getting under way, the Lions are far from out of it
Lions Lose Another Tough Game