Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.)
(13-1) defeated Elizabethton 44-34 in the Class 3A state semifinals.
Wide receiver Davis Howell
caught 10 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-1 1/2, 191-pounder now has 343 career catches, just six short of the national record, despite playing the last four and one-half games with a broken thumb. He gets a shot at the record and a second consecutive state championship next Friday against Milan (12-2).
Quarterback Charlie High
(6-0, 176) passed for 384 yards and five touchdowns and now needs just two yards to set a state record for career passing yards.
Warriors coach Rusty Bradley told the Knoxville News-Sentinel, "I'm just elated. Nobody gave us a chance (at returning to the state), but - with the way things have gone with injuries and the inexperience we had on defense - these guys keep finding a way."