Grace Baptist Rises To The Occasion, Defeats Lancaster Christian

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - by Staff Reports

When Dizzle Bragg scooped up the opening kickoff in the end zone and Deuce Bragg threw a two-point conversion, the Grace Baptist Golden Eagles were in a position they were unfamiliar with—trailing an opponent.

But as the home crowd at Hunter Middle soon saw, such a situation was temporary.

Lancaster Christian Academy’s best shot wasn’t enough to down the best team in the South, and Grace fired back and won 40-14.

Six minutes after the Braggs combined to put Lancaster Christian up by eight, two-way stud Cooper Knecht took matters into his own hands. The senior picked off Bragg for a pick six, and then closed out the first quarter with a 33 yard pass to Caleb Adams.

Mason Long raced through Lancaster’s overmatched defense for a 76 yard score to begin the second quarter, and then Knecht showed he had wheels too. The dual-threat passer ran for 10th and 11th touchdowns of the year with a 42 yard burst and three yard run in the second and third quarters.

Mason Long finished the scoring with a pick-six in the third quarter, a play that epitomized the well-balanced nature of the Grace Baptist team. Although Knecht directs an offense that puts up gaudy offensive statistics, the defensive side of the ball is just as impressive.

Lancaster went in reverse on the ground, rushing for negative 41 yards on 16 attempts. Cole Mason had himself a ballgame, bagging the quarterback two and a half times and contributing four and a half tackles for loss.

Piece Smith had a sack and a half along with three tackles for loss, and Tyler Parrott had two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. And Knecht picked off two Bragg passes whenever he wasn’t quarterbacking an attack that accounted for 238 rushing yards.

The previously-undefeated Lancaster goes to 3-1 while Grace Baptist improves to 6-0. Coach Bob Ateca’s Golden Eagles host another Christian Academy (Zion of Columbia) next week.


LANCASTER:                                        08        06        00        00        -           14

GRACE BAPTIST:                                 14        14        12        00        -           40


First Quarter:

LC 11:49 Dizzle Bragg fumble recovery (2pt Conv. Good)

GB 5:06 Cooper Knecht interception return (2pt Conv. No Good)

GB 0:07 Cooper Knecht 33yd pass to Caleb Adams (2pt Conv. Good)

Second Quarter:

GB 10:11 Mason Long 76yd run (2pt Conv. No Good)

GB 1:10 Cooper Knecht 42yd run (2pt Conv. Good)

LC 0:02 Duece Bragg 37yd pass to Caleb Kozinski (2pt Conv. No Good)

Third Quarter:

GB 2:30 Cooper Knecht 3yd run (2pt Conv. No Good)

GB 1:15 Mason Long interception return (2pt Conv. No Good)


                                    LC                    GB

FIRST DOWNS:            8                      14

RUSHING YARDS:        -41                   238

PASSING YARDS:         133                  109

PASSING:                     14-27-3           9-16-0

TOTAL YARDS:             92                    347



LANCASTER RUSHING: Albert Clark 3-1, Elijah Moore 1-0, Lane Spurlock 2-(-2), Devon Hargrove 1-(-3), Duece Bragg 9-(-37)

GRACE RUSHING: Cooper Knecht 17-121-2tds, Mason Long 1-76-1yd, Tyler Parrott 10-30, Caleb Adams 3-15, Cole Mason 1-13, Team 3-(-17)


LANCASTER PASSING: Duece Bragg 14-27-133yds-1td-3ints

GRACE PASSING: Cooper Knecht 9-16-109-1td


LANCASTER RECEIVING: Caleb Kozinski 4-56-1td, Albert Clark 2-36, Devon Hargrove 2-17, Lane Spurlock 4-17, Reese Kloes 1-9, Elijah Moore 1-(-2)

GRACE RECEIVING: Caleb Adams 4-51-1td, Mason Long 2-32, Tyler Parrott 3-26



PREP RESULTS: Football Finals

McCallie Cross Country Team Wins Alabama Race

Prep Schedules Prep Schedule (Week of October 18th) All Times Local Prep Football (R) = Region Contest THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 Oakland at South Pittsburg FRIDAY, ... (click for more)

Prep Football Results (R) = Region Contest THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 Grace 50, TSD 6 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 Silverdale 48, East Ridge 14 Bradley Central 31, Farragut 28 (R) Bearden ... (click for more)

The McCallie Cross Country team had a successful road trip to Huntsville, AL and finished first among 25 teams at the Randolph Invitational. McCallie tallied 40 points to outdistance runner-up ... (click for more)

Prep Sports


Prep Schedules Prep Schedule (Week of October 18th) All Times Local Prep Football (R) = Region Contest THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 Oakland at South Pittsburg FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 MBA at Baylor (R) East Hamilton at Red Bank (R) Hixson at Soddy Daisy (R) Monterey at Bledsoe Co. Knox Webb at Boyd Buchanan (R) Rhea Co. at Bradley Ooltewah at Brainerd ... (click for more)

PREP RESULTS: Football Finals

Prep Football Results (R) = Region Contest THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 Grace 50, TSD 6 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 Silverdale 48, East Ridge 14 Bradley Central 31, Farragut 28 (R) Bearden 14, Cleveland 10 Boyd Buchanan 48, Notre Dame 13 (R) Kingston 49, Signal Mountain 0 (R) Whitwell 57, Lookout Valley 14 (R) CCS 47, Knox Grace 13 (R) Copper Basin 62, Bradley ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Has 4 More Virus Deaths And 63 New Cases; Number Of ICU Patients Continues To Drop; Tennessee Has 7 More Deaths

The Hamilton County Health Department reported four more coronavirus deaths on Monday and 63 new positive cases, down from 109 on Friday. The total number of cases in the county now stands at 63,358. The death total is at 642. It is reported the deaths were all men; three white and one race not determined; two age 51-60 and two age 61-70. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations ... (click for more)

Daisy Madison To Retire As City's Chief Financial Officer After Nearly 20 Years

Daisy Madison, the city’s longtime chief financial officer, will conclude her distinguished career at City Hall this year as she begins her transition into retirement, she told senior staff Monday. Ms. Madison was hired as deputy chief finance officer in 1992 by former mayor Gene Roberts. She served with distinction under a succession of mayors, including Jon Kinsey, Bob Corker, ... (click for more)


Tennessee Fans Hit A New Low - And Response (2)

Tennessee Vols fans hit a new low at the end of the UTK vs Ole Miss last evening. Maybe Lane Kiffin did us wrong when he left Knoxville for his dream team back in 2009, however, the crass and repulsive behavior of a large number of Tennessee fans didn’t reflect on Kiffin, it reflected on the great state of Tennessee. Has society really reduced itself to believing that reducing ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Beware Of The Cobra

Over the weekend my “Morning Readings” included a lesson that economists teach called the Cobra Effect. Jon Miltimore is the Managing Editor of the Foundation for Economic Education in Atlanta and his ‘’ is a highly respected conservative libertarian economic think tank. In his story you are about to read, he claims economists around the world speak often on The Cobra Effect. ... (click for more)