Christ Presbyterian’s Braxton Blackwell had himself quite a weekend.
The Lions’ star scored 33 points on Friday night and 28 more on Saturday to lead CPA to two big wins.
In the first game, the Lions raced past Spring Hill 82-49, then headed west to Memphis to face a tough Southwind, beating them 85-75 in double-overtime. Spring Hill was over-powered from the start and the Lions outscored the Raiders 23-11 in the first quarter.
The contest was a little tighter in the second period. Spring Hill used their defense to stay close, holding the Lions to less than 20 points in the quarter, but CPA was still able to stretch the lead to 16 points by the half.
In the third quarter the Raiders had no answer for Blackwell. The Louisville recruit powered past his defenders for easy lay-ups or slam dunks as the Lions stretched their lead by 9 more points to take a 61-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lions’ kept the momentum in the final period, outscoring the Raiders 21-13 to seal the win. Evan Ragsdale scored 12 points for CPA, and Micah Davis added 11 points.
Things were a lot tighter against Southwind. After taking an early 16-9 lead in the first quarter, the Lions were shut down by a tenacious Jaguars’ defense.
Southwind outscored CPA 19-7 in the second to take a 28-23 lead into the locker room. It was back and forth in the third, setting up an exciting fourth quarter that saw the Lions come back and tie the game and force overtime.
Defense ruled the first extra period, as both teams scored just 6 points. Not sure what coach Drew Maddux said, but his troops came out smoking in the second overtime period and outscored the Jags 19-9 to earn the 10-point victory. Tyger Campbell played great, finishing with 24 points. Ragsdale added 11 points and Davis and Ryan Harris each scored 8 points.
Braxton Blackwell drives for two
Lions Devour Their Competition
Ingle Martin of the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions has been named the 2014 Titans High School Football Coach of the Year after completing a perfect 15-0 season and winning the school’s third state championship and first since 2002.
“It’s an extremely nice blessing and I would not be receiving this (Coach of the Year Honor) had I not been fortunate enough to coach really good players and work with some great high school football coaches on our staff here at CPA,” said Martin.
“Each Coach, individually and as a group, has done a tremendous job in our four years here at CPA and we are very proud of the types of kids that have played for us.” Martin coached the Lions to a 7-0 victory over Class 3A state powerhouse Alcoa High School. In addition, during this year’s post-season, the Lions outscored their opponents 189-35 and posted 3 total shutouts.
Martin has used his experiences from his time as a high school athlete, on the collegiate level as well and in the National Football League, to build a first rate program. Coach Martin is a great example to players and has a willingness to teach not only the game of football but to meet his young men where they are and achieve a common goal together.
This season, winning the Titans High School Coach of the Year was a culmination of a magnificent job leading to a state championship. A grant of $2,000 will be awarded to the Christ Presbyterian Academy football program in Coach Martin’s honor.
“This award highlights the significance of the Titans commitment to youth football as well as the TSSAA,” said Titans general manager Ruston Webster. “We are proud to honor Coach Ingle Martin as the 2014 Tennessee Titans High School Coach of the Year.”
The following CPA varsity football players and staff were recognized at the All-District Banquet: District MVP - Jay Hockaday Def. Player of the Year - Mac Keck Special Teams Player of the Year - J.R. Osborn Lman of the Year - Parker Howell Coach of the Year - Ingle Martin District 1st Team - Offense Off. Linemen - Sam Johnson, Cole Smith Wide Receivers - Joseph Richard Tight End - Jacob Webster Quarterback - Zack Weatherly Running Backs - Wallace Barrett District 1st Team – Defense Defensive Linemen - Houston Nichols Linebackers - Chip Omer, John Orr Defensive Backs - Will Whitaker District 12 AA - All District Team Matthew Custodero Matt Moore Coulson Lee Rooke Young Peyton Kemp Brad Smith Aldan Seger (Academic) Steven Jacobs (Academic) Walker Hagen (Academic) In addition, several CPA players and coaches were honored to be selected for the following: the Class 3A Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s All-State Team, Home Page Media Group’s 2014 All-Area Football Team, and the 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Tennessee Football Team (USA Today).
State Champion Lions Receive Honors
Braxton Blackwell drives to the hoop
Blackwell Shines as CPA Has Big Weekend
Tyger Campbell soars to hoop
Coach of the Year Ingle Martin
Lineman of the Year Parker Howell
MVP Jay Hockaday
The Christ Presbyterian Lions looked impressive last weekend, winning two non-conference games and improving their overall record to 13-0, and 6-0 in conference.
“I’m very proud of our team,” Coach Drew Maddux said.
“With our football team playing so deep into the playoffs, we are missing a lot of our multi-sport players, so these guys really stepped up,” he said.
The Lions devoured the Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors 77-55 on Friday night.
Braxton Blackwell lead the attack with 29 points. Tyger Campbell added 19 points, while Ryan Harris chipped in 10 points and Micah Davis scored 9 points.
“You look at Braxton’s numbers and the points stick out, but he also had 18 rebounds. He controlled the boards and that was big,” Coach Maddux said.
The Lions were back in the gym on Saturday night, this time facing Columbia Academy.
Different night, but the same results.
This time it was Campbell who led the Lion attack with 27 points in a 72-45 trashing of the Bulldogs.
“Tyger took over, especially in the second half,” Maddux said.
Besides the points, he had 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. He had a total effect on the game.
He’s just a gifted young man with great IQ and total vision. Pretty good for an eighth-grader,” the coach said.
Blackwell added 19 points in the victory, while Michael Mayernick scored 8 points and Davis scored 6 points.
“I really challenged our team,” Maddux said. “ We were missing size and length with the absence of some of our guys, but our goal was to out-rebound Columbia by 10 boards and we did,” Maddux said.
Braxton finished with 11 rebounds to help control the boards.
“We have an extremely unselfish group of guys,” the coach said.
“Our young men really moved the ball around, passing up a good shot to give it to a teammate who had a great shot,” he said.
“We had 22 assists on 26 made field goals,” Maddux added. “Now that’s a really fun stat for a coach to follow."