12 Admirals earn All-Region 1-6A honors

The 2017 Admirals had yet another successful campaign.  Although it did not achieve it’s ultimate goal of a second straight State Championship, the team still garnered many accomplishments in route to a 9-3 season.  The Admirals were ranked in the AP Top 5 in Class 6A for eight straight weeks while riding a 19-game winning streak dating back to last season, the longest in school history.  The Admirals finished the season as the Region 1-6A runner-ups with wins over Morristown West, Jeff County, Science Hill, and Bearden, earning a home playoff game against Cleveland.  The Admirals also had impressive non-region wins over Bradley Central and Oak Ridge, both Quarterfinalists in their respective classifications.  The 2017 senior class will graduate as the winningest class in program history with 33 wins to only 6 losses in addition to the 2015 Region Championship and 2016 5A State Championship.  Due to the cumulative efforts by many players, certain individuals were recognized on the All-Region 1-6A team.

Braden Collins – Athlete of the Year – Braden led all receivers in 1-6A with his 793 receiving yards and 57 receptions.  He caught 8 passes for 200 yards versus Kingsport D-B and later tied his own school record with 13 receptions against Hardin Valley.

The Farragut offensive line stands tall against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Jonathan Buchanan – OL Jonathan finished his Admiral career having started all 27 games the last two seasons.  Jonathan consistently graded out as one of the top performers each week on the Offensive Line.

Cade Burkey returns a fumble against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Cade Burkey – LB  Cade led all tacklers in 1-6A with 136 tackles on the season.  He finishes his Admiral career 3rd all-time in career total tackles with 334.

Drew Butler tackles the McMinn running back on 8/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

 

Drew Butler – LB  Drew finished second in 1-6A with 135 total tackles and 13 tackles for loss.  Drew ends his outstanding career as the all-time leading tackler with 433 total stops.

Isaiah Gibbs stretches out for the touchdown against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Isaiah Gibbs – RB  Isaiah led the Admirals with 1,283 yards from scrimmage and was fourth in 1-6A in rushing.  Gibbs also accumulated 248 yards in returns as he returns in 2018 for his senior season.

Neyland Harmon recovers a fumble against West on 9/22. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Neyland Harmon – OLB Neyland was fourth for the Admirals’ defense with 79 total stops.  Other highlights include a 4-yard rushing TD to help seal the victory over Bearden.  Neyland returns in 2018 for his senior season.

Caleb Kuhn sacks the quarterback against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Caleb Kuhn – DE  Caleb finished second in 1-6A with 9.0 sacks on the year.  He also led the team with 15.0 tackles for loss, and was third on the team with 90 total stops.  He will return in 2018 for his senior season.

Wyatt Lucas intercepts a ball against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Wyatt Lucas – DB  Wyatt led all defenders in 1-6A with 6 interceptions on the year.  He nabbed 2 interceptions to go along with 130 all-purpose yards in the win over Bearden.  Wyatt returns in 2018 for his senior season.

PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Andrew Maxey – OL Andrew completed his Admiral career having started all 39 games the last three seasons at Left Tackle.  He graded out with the highest performance grade for OL on multiple occasions.

Jacob Warren catches a pass against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Jacob Warren – TE  Jacob finished the year second in 1-6A in receiving yards with 659 yards.  His eight TD receptions led all receivers in the region.  His best performance was four-TD night to help defeat Bradley Central in the season opener.

Gavin Wilkinson rolls out and looks to pass against Dobyns-Bennett on 10/6. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Gavin Wilkinson – QB Gavin finished second in 1-6A with 2,130 passing yards and was first with 17 TD passes.  He had three 300-yard plus performances versus Mo-West, D-B, and Hardin Valley.  He returns in 2018 for his junior season.

PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Alex Williams – Scholar Athlete Alex finished 2017 with 66 total stops, 8 tackles for loss, and 3 INT’s.  His work in the classroom was impeccable as he narrowly bested several other of his classmates with the team’s highest GPA of 4.37 over his high school career.

The 2018 Admirals are already hard at work to carry on the success that has been laid before them and much will be expected.  The Admirals will return five players that garnered All-Region honors in addition to many others looking to build off their success in 2017.  The Admirals will carry a 14-game home winning streak into the 2018 home opener against Bradley Central on August 17th.  The rising senior class will look to extend the Admirals’ on-field success and compete for another championship next fall.

Defense Carries Farragut Over West, 14-9

 

The Admiral defense comes up with a big third down stop against West on 9/22. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Defense was the name of the game on Friday night as the Admirals hosted the Rebels of West.  Farragut’s offense struggled to find it’s rhythm all night.  The Admiral defense, however, was clicking on all cylinders. Except for a long touchdown pass after a Farragut turnover, the Admiral defense was stellar when it mattered most. The Rebel offense was stymied all night, struggling to find itself with it’s third string quarterback.

Neyland Harmon recovers a fumble against West on 9/22. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals found themselves with several chances in Rebel territory, but were unable to capitalize.  The Admirals’ offense was just 1-of-10 on third down conversions, and 1-of-4 on fourth down for the game.

The star of the night though, was undoubtedly, Alex Williams.  The senior outside linebacker scored on two interception returns for a touchdown, for 35 and 49 yards respectively.  Williams also had two tackles for loss that played key roles in stopping Rebel drives in Farragut territory.  When the clocked showed 0:00, the Admirals found themselves with their 18th consecutive victory, 14-9 over the West Rebels.

Other stellar performers in the game include: senior LB Cade Burkey (20 tackles, 11 solo, INT), junior DE Caleb Kuhn (12 tackles, including 3 sacks, forced fumble), and junior OLB Neyland Harmon (9 tackles, fumble recovery).  Junior CB Wyatt Lucas added a final interception to seal the victory for the Admirals.  Farragut finished the game forcing five turnovers to only one for the Admiral offense.

The Admirals return to region play next week, as they host the Hilltoppers of Science Hill at Bill Clabo Field.  The Toppers and the Admirals haven’t met since 2013, and this game will most certainly give the winning team the upper hand in the race for the Region 1-6A championship hunt.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz and Ashley Wathen of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game.  Be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com every week for a full photo gallery from Friday’s game.  See a photo you like?  They are also available for purchase directly from his website.  Click here for this week’s photos.

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Admirals Sail Past Jefferson County, 33-6

Farragut won its’ 17th consecutive game on Friday night, breaking the school record for longest win streak set by coach Ken Sparks’ Admirals from 1977-1978.  Farragut tied that mark last week, riding a streak that spans into last season.

The Admirals came out with guns blazing, as Gavin Wilkinson connected with Jacob Warren for 46 yards and a touchdown on the third play from scrimmage.

Jacob Warren shoves a would be tackler en route to a touchdown against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals found themselves leading 6-0 with less than 40 seconds off the clock in the opening quarter. When the Admiral defense took the field, senior linebacker Drew Butler made a little history of his own.  On the third play of the series, Butler recorded his first tackle of the game, his 344th career tackle, and surpassed former Admiral Nick Reveiz as the all-time leader for career tackles in Farragut history.

The Admirals defense get a big stop against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The defense would go on to force a punt three plays later, and give the ball back to the Farragut offense.  Three big drops would plague the offense and the Admirals were forced to punt after picking up one first down.  The Admiral defense remained stout, forcing a three and out on the Patriots’ ensuing possession. The Patriots and Admirals then traded punts for almost the remainder of the first half.

Isaiah Gibbs carries for a touchdown against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals found a spark on offense late in the 2nd quarter, when a 57-yard run by Isaiah Gibbs got the Admirals inside the red zone. Gibbs would score three plays later on a 3-yard carry, which extended the Admiral lead to 12-0 with at halftime.

Jefferson County began the second half receiving the second half kickoff, and the Admiral defense came up big again.  After a couple of first downs by the Patriots’ run game, the interior of the defensive line would force a turnover on downs after a stop on 4th-and-1 near midfield.

Neyland Harmon records a sack against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals would not capitalize initially, as a Wilkinson pass would be intercepted on the first play of the series.  Neyland Harmon and Anthony Lawson would combine for a 10-yard sack on first down that would lead to another Jefferson County 3-and-out.

Braden Collins catches a pass against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals’ offense embarked on a 10-play, 53-yard drive, that was capped off by a 7-yard Wilkinson to Braden Collins touchdown pass.  Isaiah Gibbs’ conversion run would bump the Admirals’ lead to 20-0 with 3:03 left in the 3rd quarter.

After another 3-and-out by the Admiral defense, Farragut setup shop at their own 27-yard line.

Isaiah Gibbs carries for a touchdown against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals’ would drive into Patriots’ territory with strong runs from Gibbs and Josh Moses, along with timely passing.  On the first play of the 4th quarter, Gibbs would cap off the drive scoring from 8 yards out.  With 7 seconds off the clock in the 4th, the Admirals lead the Patriots, 26-0.

Jake Evans carries for a long touchdown run against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

 

After another 4th down stop,  the Admirals took over at their own 36-yard line.  QB Jake Evans would keep the ball on first down and sprint 64 yards for the Admiral touchdown.  Dalton Halliburton’s try was good and Farragut had extended the lead to 33-0 with 9:27 left in the game.  The Admirals were looking for their second shutout in as many weeks, but a blocked punt would give the Patriots the ball at the Admirals’ 5-yard line.  The Patriots went on to score three plays later on a 5-yard run to close out the scoring.  When the final horn sounded, the Admirals had beaten the Patriots 33-6 and improved their record to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 1-6A.

With the 17th straight win, the Admirals broke a 40-year old school record for the longest win streak, set during the 1977-78 seasons when Ken Sparks roamed the Farragut sideline.

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A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz and Ashley Wathen of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game.  Be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com every week for a full photo gallery from Friday’s game.  See a photo you like?  They are also available for purchase directly from his website.  Click here for this week’s photos.

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Farragut Blanks Oak Ridge, 41-0

The Admirals did something Friday night that hadn’t been done since 1993, hold Oak Ridge scoreless.  Farragut broke the 298-game streak that the Wildcats had compiled without a shutout.

The Wildcats returned the opening kickoff to their own forty yard line to begin their first series on offense.

Alex Williams recovers a fumble against Oak Ridge on 9/8. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

A promising eight-play drive for the Wildcats ended as Drew Butler forced a fumble at the Admirals’ 15-yard line, and recovered by Alex Williams.  The Admiral offense took the field, but were forced to punt after a sack on third down.  Farragut’s defense would force a three-and-out on their next series, and a 23-yard punt return by Isaiah Gibbs gave the Admirals the ball at their own 37-yard line.

Kyle Carter carries for a touchdown against Oak Ridge on 9/8. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Isaiah would strike again, taking the first play for a 35-yard burst into Wildcat territory.  Three plays later, Kyle Carter would sprint 19 yards for a TD run on third-and-1.  Farragut led Oak Ridge 7-0 with 4:54 left in the 1st quarter.

The Admirals and Wildcats traded punts to begin the second quarter, before the Admiral offense would begin to impose their will.  Starting from their own 20, the Admirals marched 67 yards in 14 plays but failed to convert on 4th-and-1 on the Wildcats’ 13-yard line.  Farragut’s defense would stand tough again, forcing a Wildcat punt.

Braden Collins catches a pass against Oak Ridge on 9/8. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals’ offense took over from their own 19-yard line with 3 timeouts and 1:05 on the clock before halftime.  Gavin Wilkinson passed 15 yards to Braden Collins, twice to Jaden Gibbs covering 14 yards, and then hit Collins again for 38 yards to get the Admirals in the red zone.  Gibbs was called on again and drew a pass interference penalty to move the ball down to the Wildcats’ 7-yard line.  Wilkinson would connect with Collins again, this time for a 7-yard TD in the corner of the end zone.

A Wyatt Lucas interception ended the half with the Admirals up 14-0 over the Wildcats at halftime.

Farragut opened the 2nd half receiving the Oak Ridge kickoff, and a 22-yard return by Kyle Carter set the Admirals up at their own 28-yard line.  On third down, Wilkinson would connect with Collins again.  This time for a 70-yard catch and run, down to the Wildcats’ 1-yard line.  Isaiah Gibbs would punch it in on the next play, boosting the Admirals’ lead to 21-0 with 10:44 left in the third quarter.

The Wildcats would march into the red zone on their ensuing possession, but a fumble recovery by defensive end Caleb Kuhn would thwart the drive with 8:05 left in the quarter.

The Admirals’ offense then marched 85 yards on 17 plays, capped off by Kyle Carter’s 7-yard TD run.  The Admirals would have many contributors on the scoring drive.  A sequence of tough runs by both Carter and Gibbs along with two, 3rd-down receptions by Jaden Gibbs would fuel the drive.  The big play in the series was a 19-yard reception by Andrew Williams after the offense had been backed up by a holding penalty.  Carter would then carry for 17 yards up the middle on 3rd-and-2 to set up his own scoring run.  The Admirals would take a 28-0 lead over the Wildcats going into the 4th quarter.

The Wildcats would again put together a good offensive drive that would threaten inside the Farragut 35, but this time Devin Yarborough would step in front of a pass and tack on a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown.  Farragut led 35-0 with 8:45 left in the game.

Devin Yarborough returns an interception 70 yard for a touchdown against Oak Ridge on 9/8. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

On the next series, the Admiral defense remained stout, forcing another 3-and-out.  The Admiral offense would start at their own 36-yard line with a running clock and less than 6 minutes to play. The 8-play drive would finish with a 17-yard TD pass from Jake Evans to Alec Keathley, his first touchdown reception of his career.  As the final horn sounded, the Admirals had avenged their lone loss from 2016 in a big way, with a resounding 41-0 victory against Oak Ridge.

 

The Admirals will travel to Dandrige next Friday night to take on the Jefferson County Patriots.  This will be the first meeting since a 1st round playoff matchup in 2007, and only the second meeting since 2000.  The Admirals will look to improve to 2-0 in the region next Friday night against Jeff County.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz and Ashley Wathen of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game.  Be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com every week for a full photo gallery from Friday’s game.  See a photo you like?  They are also available for purchase directly from his website.  Click here for this week’s photos.

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Admirals Beat Morristown West 33-10

Thursday night was a special night at Bill Clabo Field, not only did the Admirals have their 2017 home opener and debut a new scoreboard, they also remembered five members of the Admiral family that were lost over the past offseason.  Coach Ken Sparks, Coach Lendon Welch, Teacher Charlotte Welch, Longtime Statistician Shannon Gossage, and Coach Buddy Fisher, who all played vital roles in Farragut Football’s history, were honored before kickoff on the new Jumbotron.

On the gridiron, the Admirals found themselves in unfamiliar territory by opening the game with the ball and punting, as opposed to scoring on the first drive of the game as they did at McMinn and Bradley.  Luckily, the Admiral defense locked in and forced a Morristown West punt on the ensuing drive, setting up Farragut with the ball at their own 19 yard line.

Andrew Williams catches a long touchdown pass against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

First time starter at QB Gavin Wilkinson, a sophomore, found Jacob Warren for a 28-yard pass reception, that setup a 51-yard touchdown pass from Wilkinson to Andrew Williams two plays later.  This put the Admirals on the board 6-0 with 5:59 left in the first quarter.  The Admiral defense stayed strong on the next drive, forcing a 3-and-out to set up the Admirals offense up at their own 45  yard line following the Trojans’ punt.

Tanner Corum catches a long pass against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

A 39-yard pass from Wilkinson to Tanner Corum, paved the way for a 2-yard Isaiah Gibbs touchdown run. The Admiral defense would again force a 3-and-out for the Trojans, and a 46-yard punt return by Isaiah Gibbs would give the ball to the Admiral offense on the 20 yard line going in.  First down would see a four yard loss on a sack, but a facemark penalty would replay the first down play.

Jaden Gibbs catches his first touchdown pass of the season against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Isaiah Gibbs carried for 5 yards.  Then, on second down, Wilkinson would find WR Jaden Gibbs for his first touchdown catch of the year.  At the end of the first quarter, the Admirals led 20-0.

The Trojan offense would find some life of its own, marching 80 yards on 11 plays, to punch it in from the 2-yard line on 4th down.  The Admiral offense found themselves way behind the sticks due to a 14-yard loss on a bad snap.  Farragut would punt the ball away, and Mo-West would take over on their 47 yard line.

The Admiral defense tackle a Mo-West runner on 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Trojan drive would stall out, but left room for a 43-yard successful field goal try.  With  just two minutes left before halftime, the Admirals got into hurry-up mode to try and score before the horn sounded.  Unfortunately the drive stalled in the red zone, and the Admirals couldn’t connect on a 28-yard FG attempt.  At half, Farragut led 20-10.

Isaiah Gibbs returns an interception against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The second half proved to be all Farragut though, the defense set the tone early as it forced an interception on a tipped ball, as Isaiah Gibbs was able to catch the deflection and give the ball back to the Admirals.   Farragut would throw an interception of their own, but following a Trojan stop on 4th down, the Admirals would cash in on their ensuing drive.  It was the second touchdown connection from Wilkinson to Andrew Williams, this time for a 39-yard score.

Cade Burkey tackles a Mo-West rusher on 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

At the end of the third quarter, the Admirals led Mo-West 27-10.  The defense again showed their grit, as they forced a turnover on downs, as the Trojans could not convert on a fourth-and-one.  The Admirals would then embark on a 9-play drive that saw them get into the end zone on three separate occasions.  The first being a 64-yard TD run by Isaiah Gibbs, only to be negated by a holding penalty.

Jacob Warren catches a pass against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The next was a 60-yard TD pass from Wilkinson to Jacob Warren, but this time a block in the back behind the play wiped the score off the board.  The third time was a charm though, as a broken-play off a bad snap found QB Gavin Wilkinson scrambling around to eventually find Wyatt Lucas for the 28-yard TD catch.  This made the final score 33-10 in favor of the Admirals.  Farragut improves to 3-0 overall, earning their first region 1-6A win of the season.

Farragut will play host next Friday, as the Oak Ridge Wildcats come to Bill Clabo Field.  The Admirals will look to avenge a loss a year ago to the Wildcats, the only blemish on state championship run of 2016.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz and Ashley Wathen of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com every week for a full photo gallery from Friday’s game. See a photo you like? They are also available for purchase directly from his website. Click here for this week’s photos.

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