Cole Strange to play in Toyota East vs. West All-Star Game Friday!

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Fans be sure to tune into MyVLT  on Friday night at 8 p.m. EST to watch Cole Strange play one final time in an Admiral uniform! Look for #88 during the game, as Cole will be wearing that for the game. The 9th Annual Toyota East vs. West All-Star Game features some of the best senior players selected from the entire state of Tennessee to go head-to-head one more time.  Cole is the 11th former Admiral to be selected for the Toyota East vs. West game since 2007!  Friday’s game will be played at Tennessee Tech University’s Tucker Stadium in Cookeville.  For more information and a look at the game’s complete roster, you can click here for updates on the Toyota E/W Twitter feed.  Of course fans can follow along with @FarragutFB Friday during the game!  Good luck Cole!

Past Admirals selected for Toyota E/W All-Star Game:

2007- Andre Sterling

2008- Will Jackson

2009- DeAndre Purty, Lee Van Dyne

2010- Taino Fears-Perez

2011- Jacob Johnson

2012- Patrick Doucette, Jonathan King

2013- Billy Williams

2014- Nathan Gilliam

Admirals’ Comeback Falls Short, Rhea Co. Wins 40-34

PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, crfoto.com
PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, crfoto.com

Farragut High School football coach Eddie Courtney doesn’t want a heartbreaking season-ending loss to define his 2015 team.

“I’m really proud of these kids,” Courtney said after the Admirals came up on the short end of a 40-34 decision against Rhea County Friday night in a second-round Class 5A Playoff game before a packed house on a chilly night at Bill Clabo Field. “These kids have worked hard and they won a region championship.

“This hurts right now but this game will not and does not define us.”

Farragut (10-2) struggled to contain the Golden Eagles’ multi-pronged running attack,

“That Wing-T is hard to defend and all the credit has to go to Rhea County,” Admirals senior running back Tanner Thomas said. “They’re a great team and they played a great game.” The Golden Eagles (9-3) scored first on quarterback Daniel Dotson’s 1-yard run. Kicker Bhodi Buffenbarger added the extra point to give the visitors a 7-0 lead with 7 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, crfoto.com

Rhea County’s defense stifled Farragut on its first possession but the Admirals got a huge break when Noel Patterson muffed a punt from Farragut’s Joe Doyle. Jack DeVault recovered the fumble and gave his squad the ball at the Rhea County 13-yard line.

A touchdown run from Thomas knotted the game on the next play.

Farragut never led in the game and fell behind 34-17 late in the third quarter before its sputtering offense and struggling defense came to life to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

“We gave them a lot of yards in the first half and in the third quarter before we were able to make some adjustments,” Courtney said.

During Rhea County’s early dominance, the Golden Eagles intercepted Farragut’s Jacob Naumoff and got a touchdown run

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, crfoto.com

from Mason Stephenson that made the score 21-7. Patterson also caught a 22-yard scoring strike from Dotson to help the Golden Eagles retake the lead.

Thomas had a 54-yard touchdown run to make it 21-14 midway through the second quarter and that represented the last scoring before halftime.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, crfoto.com


The Admirals took the third-quarter kickoff and engineered a long drive that netted a 33-yard field goal from Carter Phillipy to make the score 21-17.

But Rhea County scored a pair of touchdowns to push its advantage to 34-17. Dotson appeared to put the game away when he scored from one yard out.

But the Admirals wouldn’t go away. Naumoff’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Mengel pulled Farragut to within 34-24 early in the final frame.

Thomas, who finished with 182 yards, made the score 34-31 and Phillipy went on to tie the game with a 34-yard field goal with 4:46 left to play.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, crfoto.com


“We didn’t quit,” DeVault said. “We never quit.” 

Rhea County took a 40-34 lead with just under a minute to play but Buffenbarger missed the extra point, leaving Farragut one last chance to win and advance.

Farragut’s final drive came up empty when Tyler Pendleton intercepted a Naumoff pass at the Rhea County 24.

“I was really proud of our kids for coming back after they tied the game,” said Golden Eagles’ coach Mark Pemberton, who guided Knoxville Catholic to a Class 3A State Championship in 2008. “Farragut has a great football team over there and they’re well coached.

“They came in here 10-1 for a reason and we just made one more big play than they did.”

The loss was a bitter one for junior Admirals junior Cooper Hardin.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, crfoto.com

“We fought hard to get back in this thing and it hurts to have it taken away on a big play,” Hardin said. “We have a great senior class and I’m going to miss those guys.”

Ken Lay is a Correspondent for the Farragut Press

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Every week be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com 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.

Farragut rolls Cleveland, 50-20

Farragut High School football coach Eddie Courtney had his worries Friday night against visiting Cleveland in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

His worries were justified, but not for long.

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The Admirals trailed by a touchdown in the first quarter before rolling to a 50-20 victory. Farragut (10-1) scored 43 unanswered points after the early deficit.

“I was concerned about that (Cleveland) bunch,” Courtney said. “I knew the athletes they have. I saw them on film and saw how much they improved since early in the year.”

After the game, Courtney embraced Cleveland coach Scott Cummings, who coached West to the Class 5A state championship last year.

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“Scott and I have been friends,” Courtney said. “We have a lot of respect for each other. Last year I was pulling for him. I hated to see him leave Knoxville, but I know it’s a great opportunity for him in Cleveland.”

The Admirals play host to Rhea County (8-3) in next Friday’s second round.

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Farragut senior Tanner Thomas rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries against Cleveland (5-6).

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Jacob Naumoff completed 7 of 12 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Davis
Simmons had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Farragut led 27-14 at halftime, but had two touchdowns called back for penalties and settled for field goals by Carter Phillipy.

Keegan Jones’ 6-yard touchdown run capped Cleveland’s opening drive.

Thomas scored on a 7-yard run as the Admirals tied it 7-7.

Taddarius Brown intercepted a pass by Naumoff and returned it 45 yards for a 14-7 Cleveland lead, which lasted less than a minute.

On Farragut’s next play on offense, Naumoff threw a short pass to Simmons, who raced down the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown and 14-14 tie with 15 seconds left in the first quarter.

Thomas scored on a 26-yard run early in the second quarter, and Phillipy had field goals of 36 and 25 yards before halftime.

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Farragut scored touchdowns on its first three possessions of the third quarter.

Cleveland played without its top receiver, junior Skyler Davis, and without freshman running back Micaleous Elder due to injuries.

“The reality of it is Farragut is a more seasoned team,” Cummings said. “They’ve been in the weight room a lot more than us and they’re playing a lot of juniors and seniors. We have two seniors total on offense.

Dave Link is a freelance contributor for the Knoxville New Sentinel.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Every week be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com 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 Beats Clinton, 45-39

 Clinton High School’s football team managed to play visiting Farragut close through most of three quarters on Friday.

Then Justin Kirkendall interrupted what had been a turnover-free game.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com

The Farragut cornerback intercepted a Tyler Thackerson pass and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown. That interception also broke a school record for most in a single season with 9. That pushed the Admirals’ lead to 17 points, and they fended off a pair of late Clinton scores before escaping with a 45-39 Region 3-5A victory in both teams’ regular-season finale.

“We caught a team that’s on fire right now,” Farragut coach Eddie Courtney said. “Offensively, they can make some big plays, but I commend our kids for hanging in there.”

Late touchdown receptions by Ja’Quan Thomas from Thackerson — their third and fourth touchdown hookups of the game — gave

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com

Clinton coach Josh Kerr encouragement going into the playoffs.

“We played hard. We never gave up, and we kept pushing,” he said.

As the No. 4 seed, Clinton will travel to play Ooltewah in the first round of the playoffs on Friday. Region 3-5A winner Farragut will play host to Cleveland.

In a tight first half, Farragut (9-1, 5-0) scored first on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Naumoff to Davis Simmons. Simmons would finish with 4 catches for 129 yards and 3 TDs.

Clinton cut the deficit to 7-6 on a 29-yard keeper by Thackerson on the next drive. A fake punt early in the second quarter helped Clinton (4-6, 2-3) keep a drive alive. The Dragons took a 14-7 lead moments later on a 19-yard TD pass from Thackerson to Thomas, and a two-point reception by S.J. Powers.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com

Before the half, Farragut tied the game via Naumoff’s 20-yard pass to Simmons, and then went ahead 17-14 late in the second quarter on a 38-yard field goal by Carter Phillipy. Jacob Naummof went on to finish the game 11-21 fro 234 yards and 3 TDs.

After Kirkendall’s interception, Thomas caught a 32-yard TD pass for Clinton and Simmons made a diving catch from the 25 for his third score late in the third quarter.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com

Other scores in the fourth included a 1-yard run by Thackerson and a 13-yard run by the Farragut running back Tanner Thomas. Tanner

Thomas finished will 292 yards on 25 carries, with 2 TDs.

John Shearer is a freelance contributor to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

BOX SCORE

Farragut 45, Clinton 39

Farragut 7 10 21  7  — 45

Clinton    6  8   6  19 — 39

Scoring: F — Davis Simmons 71 pass from Jacob Naumoff (Carter Phillipy kick); C — Tyler Thackerson 29 run (kick failed); J’Quan Thomas 19 pass from Thackerson (S.J. Powers pass from Thackerson); F — Simmons 19 pass from Naumoff (Phillipy kick); FG Phillipy 38; Tanner Thomas 1 run (Phillipy kick); Justin Kirkendall 79 interception return (Phillipy kick); C — Thomas 32 pass from Thackerson (kick failed); F — Simmons 25 pass from Naumoff (Phillipy kick); C — Thackerson 1 run (pass failed); F — Thomas 12 run (Phillipy kick); C — Thomas 43 pass from Thackerson (pass failed); Thomas 28 pass from Thackerson (Garrett Zody kick)

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Every week be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com 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 South Doyle, 52-0


It was a case of two teams going into different directions. And whether it was passing or running, Farragut High School was going in the right direction.

The Admirals won a lopsided affair 52-0 at South-Doyle on Friday.

Farragut senior quarterback Jacob Naumoff started the game slow passing the football, but finished strong by completing 9 of his 17 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Naumoff had success running the football as well, finishing with 37 yards and another touchdown.

“Jacob was very good us tonight,” Farragut coach Eddie Courtney said. “We were very balanced both passing and running the ball.”

Senior running back Tanner Thomas also took advantage of his running lanes to run for 189 yards and two touchdowns. The Admirals’ (8-1) longest play of the game was a 90-yard touchdown run by Thomas early in the first quarter to stretch the lead to 14-0 over the Cherokees (0-9).

“Well Tanner is running the ball very physically right now,” Courtney said. “The thing he really takes pride in is his yards after contact. He is just the ultimate team player.”

Despite missing Farragut’s defensive star Cole Strange for a third straight game, the South-Doyle offense was still stifled all game. Courtney said he expects Strange to be healthy by the time the playoffs begin.

South-Doyle senior quarterback Braden Anderson completed 11 of 17 attempts for 52 yards. Anderson also threw two interceptions.

“We are really young,” South-Doyle coach Clark Duncan said. “I love our kids they’re playing hard, we’re practicing hard. It’ll be just a matter of time for us.

“When you are playing 13 sophomores or freshmen against a senior-loaded team like that, these scores can happen.”

One of the goals this week for Farragut was to limit the number of penalties the Admirals committed. Farragut finished with four penalties for 35 yards.

“We just played smarter than we have the past two weeks,” Courtney said. “We had less penalties and executed better on both sides of the ball.”

Blake Morgan is a contributor for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

 

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Farragut Torpedoes Lenoir City, 38-10

 

Farragut High School was short on style points, but the Admirals did plenty on Friday night against Lenoir City to clinch the top spot in Region 3-5A.

Tanner Thomas ran for 192 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns as the host Admirals downed the Panthers, 38-10, at Bill Clabo Field.

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Farragut (7-1, 4-0 Region 3-5A) also got another strong effort by its defense as the Admirals came up with four sacks and held Lenoir City to just 72 yards in the first half.

“It (clinching the region title) feels incredible,” said Thomas, who scored on touchdown runs of 15, 20 and 12 yards.

“All of our seniors talked about it in our leadership council Sunday.”

Admirals coach Eddie Courtney said his team needs to finish strong against South-Doyle and Clinton before the playoffs.

“We still want to be 9-1 after the regular season,” said Courtney.

“I can’t say enough about how hard Tanner ran tonight, and how well the defense played as a unit.”

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Farragut, which played without standout defensive end Cole Strange (concussion) for the second week in a row, surrendered only a 33-yard field goal and a 5-yard scoring run with less than a minute to play.

Carter Phillipy’s 26-yard field goal with 8:50 to play in the first quarter put Farragut on the board first.

Thomas scored twice in 13 seconds late in the first quarter as Farragut expanded its lead to 17-0.

The Columbia-bound senior darted in from 15 yards out with 1:33 to play in the quarter.

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Farragut linebacker Tanner Mengel recovered a Lenoir City (2-5, 0-4) fumble on the first play of the ensuing series, and Thomas scored on a 20-yard run.

The Admirals took a 17-3 lead to the half after Sergio Cornejo’s field goal late in the second quarter.

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Thomas, quarterback Jacob Naumoff and Cooper Hardin all scored on short runs in the second half as the Admirals broke the game open.

Courtney said his team has no shortage of things to improve on with the playoffs on the horizon.

Farragut was penalized heavily Friday, and the passing game was off.

“We’ve got to clean up some things, like penalties,” said Courtney.

Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Every week be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com 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 Falls to West, 9-7

1-853-6708Anton Bergstroem, a foreign exchange student from Denmark who was added to the Rebels roster two months ago, booted what proved to be the game-winning 35-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining as West stunned host Farragut 9-7 in a match-up of ranked teams at Bill Clabo Field.

The successful kick came in Bergstroem’s first game, and after the junior had a 35-yard kick blocked earlier in the fourth quarter.

“It’s his first time ever kicking in a game,” first-year West coach Jeff 1-853-6315Harig said. “To come in this situation and make that play was just big-time.”

It’s the first marquee win for West, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A, under Harig, and came amid a bevy of injuries this season. The Rebels (6-1) have lost two running backs to season-ending knee injuries — Christian Romines in the offseason and Devante Patrick in Week 5.

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“Our kids persevered,” Harig said. “They showed toughness. It wasn’t the best of conditions. We did just enough on offense, and our defense was lights out. It just goes to prove that this staff and this program, it ain’t going anywhere.”

Farragut led 7-6 at halftime, but threatened to take a commanding lead early.

1-853-6616Tanner Thomas (28 carries, 131 yards) broke an 18-yard TD run on the game’s opening possession, and West’s first offensive play from scrimmage was intercepted by Justin Kirkendall at midfield. The Admirals rolled up 173 yards in the first half, and outgained West 260-194 overall, but 86 came on their first two drives. K.J. Jefferson scored West’s lone touchdown on a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter, and Decosio Clark, Juan Davis and Hayden Shymlock each intercepted Farragut quarterback Jacob Naumoff to help the Rebels stay in contention.

Farragut also doomed itself with late penalties.

The Admirals jumped offside to give West a first down on fourth-and-three on the game-defining drive, and a pass interference 1-853-6455penalty gave the Rebels the ball at the Farragut 10-yard line during the final minute.

Bergstroem’s kick came three plays later.

“I was shaking, but I know my guys on the line, they had me,” he said. “I knew I was going to make it.”

Still, a pair of West penalties gave Farragut a last-ditch and untimed try at a field goal to win it, but Carter Phillipy’s 45-yard attempt fell short.

“We couldn’t get much push the second half,” Farragut coach Eddie Courtney said. “Too many holding penalties. We even had a chance to kick a field goal and win it at the end. But we’ll be all right.”

Chris Thomas is the Prep Editor for the Knoxville New Sentinel.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Every week be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com 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 Campbell Co. 31-0

Farragut High School’s football team can go ahead and reserve the first Friday of November on its calendar.

The Admirals are heading back to the state playoffs.

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RB Tanner Thomas runs for a big gain against Campbell Co. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Tanner Thomas rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries as the Admirals, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, cruised past Campbell County 31-0 on homecoming, clinching a playoff berth after missing the postseason a year ago.

“Sitting back as a team, we watched those playoff games, and it fueled the fire,” Thomas said. “This year, I feel like we’re really connected, and it shows on the field.”

Farragut’s renaissance season arrived on the heels of a 4-6 finish in 2014. It was the Admirals’ second missed playoff berth in three seasons, despite a winning record in the since-dissolved District 4-AAA.

Still, their advancement, confirmed by Clinton’s 49-14 win over Lenoir City, was never in doubt on Friday.

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Farragut (6-0, 3-0 Region 3-5A) led 21-0 at halftime en route to sole possession of first place in the region. Thomas scored on runs of 14 and six yards in the first half, and quarterback Jacob Naumoff
connected with Justin Kirkendall on a 9-yard TD with 8 minutes, 53 seconds left in the half.

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Thomas added a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help push the lead to 31-0, and senior kicker Carter Phillipy had
plenty of power behind a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter.

“We talked about missing the playoffs for a day and moved on,” Farragut coach Eddie Courtney said. “ This team has gotten better, and this is something they wanted to do.”

Farragut intercepted Campbell County quarterback Josh Lay four times, including two picks from sophomore reserve Griffen Swicegood and one from Logan Mitchell and Tanner Mengel.

The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for Campbell County, which rallied from an 0-2 start after inserting Lay, a junior, at quarterback.

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The Cougars (4-3, 2-1) nearly outgained Farragut, mustering 281 yards to the Admirals’ 287. But they turned it over on downs twice in the red zone, and two of Lay’s interceptions came inside Farragut territory. Lay finished 20 of 46 passing for 176 yards, and rushed for 94 yards on 25 carries.

“The three losses we’ve had this year: Two times against Gibbs at the 1-yard line, against Central, four times inside the 20, and probably the same three or four times tonight,” Campbell County coach Justin Price said. “We’re just not scoring down there.”

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Every week be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com 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 Sinks the Beavers, 44-3

Farragut takes the field against Karns 9/18/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Farragut takes the field against Karns 9/18/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Farragut High School went 80 yards in its two first plays. Within three minutes, the Admirals had a touchdown on 66-yard pass

Michael Travis(5) makes a long reception against Karns 9/18/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Michael Travis(5) makes a long reception against Karns 9/18/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

from Jacob Naumoff to Michael Travis. That was only a hint of things to come against Karns.

Naumoff threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns and the Admirals (5-0, 2-0 Region 3-5A) won 44-3 at Karns on Friday night.

Farragut senior running back Tanner Thomas was the other driving force for the Admirals’ offense. Thomas ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

“What we have to have is a balanced offense,” Farragut coach Eddie Courtney said. “We have to depend on the run game with Tanner to get the job done.”

Karns senior running back Devin Harper struggled to get loose throughout the game. The Oklahoma State commitment had 23 carries for 102 yards. Harper left the game in the third quarter

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Cole Strange (45) tackles a Karns RB for a loss 9/18/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com

with a foot injury. The Karns coaching staff did not know the severity of the injury.

Karns (1-4, 0-2) limited its scoring opportunities due to penalties and botched snaps throughout the game.

“We have made mistakes in the first half of ball games or right at the start of the second half that we are not good enough yet to overcome,” Karns coach Tobi Kilgore said. “When you play a top-10 team in the state, you make any mistakes and they will capitalize.”

A fleet of Admirals gang tackle a Karns player 9/18/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com
A fleet of Admirals gang tackle a Karns player 9/18/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com

Farragut entered the game allowing only 10.8 points per contest led by senior cornerback Justin Kirkendall and senior defensive end Cole Strange. Kirkendall had his sixth interception of the season and is now three shy of breaking the school record for most interceptions in a season.

“We didn’t do a lot scheme wise,” Courtney said. “We wanted to just make sure every one played their assignment, and just play hard. I think that we did that.”

Blake Morgan  is a freelance contributor to the Knoxville New Sentinel

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Every week be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com 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 Cruises Past Bearden, 40-9

Farragut players charge onto the field before a high school football game against Bearden at Bearden High School on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
Farragut players charge onto the field before a high school football game against Bearden at Bearden High School on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

 

It took a lightning delay Friday night to slow down the Farragut High School football team.

Farragut's Tanner Thomas (1) dives for yardage as teammate Cole Strange, right, blocks Bearden's Cameron Miller (16) during a high school football game at Bearden High School on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Thomas scored a touchdown on the following play, giving Farragut a 21-0 lead. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
Farragut’s Tanner Thomas (1) dives for yardage as teammate Cole Strange, right, blocks Bearden’s Cameron Miller (16) during a high school football game at Bearden High School on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Thomas scored a touchdown on the following play, giving Farragut a 21-0 lead. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Senior Tanner Thomas rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries as the visiting Admirals beat Bearden 40-9 in a non-region game.

Farragut (4-0) continued its fast start this season, while Bearden (2-2) lost its second consecutive game.

“We were just pumped up,” Farragut senior guard Clay Jolley said. “It’s Bearden week, so it’s always a big game. I think we might have been a little more pumped up because we weren’t ranked, but it’s Bearden week, so we were ready.”

Senior quarterback Jacob Naumoff completed 11 of 19 passes for

Farragut's Jacob Naumoff (6) looks to pass against Bearden during a high school football game at Bearden High School on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
Farragut’s Jacob Naumoff (6) looks to pass against Bearden during a high school football game at Bearden High School on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

143 yards and three touchdowns.

Naumoff rushed for 44 yards on six carries and scored on a 9-yard run.

Farragut’s offense was sharp early behind Naumoff, who completed his first six passes for 78 yards.

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Justin Kirkendall catches a TD pass against Bearden, 9/11/2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals marched 76 yards on their opening drive and scored on Naumoff’s 24-yard TD pass across to Justin Kirkendall.

Bearden gained one first down on its opening drive, but stalled when Cameron Jones was sacked.

After a short punt, Farragut started at Bearden’s 34 and scored eight plays later on Naumoff’s 6-yard slant pass to Cooper Hardin.

Naumoff was intercepted by Cameron Miller midway through the second quarter, but one play later, Farragut’s Michael Travis recovered a fumble at Bearden’s 27.

Thomas scored three plays later on a 2-yard run for a 21-0 lead with 5:31 left in the half for a 21-0 lead.

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Cole Strange tackles Bearden’s QB for no gain. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The game then went into a lighting delay of 1 hour, 20 minutes.

When play resumed, Farragut’s defense forced another three-and-out.

The Admirals then moved 82 yards on 14 plays and scored on Naumoff’s 6-yard pass to Davis Simmons. Farragut led 27-0 at the half.

Thomas had 110 rushing yards at halftime.

“Our offensive line fought hard till the end,” Jolley said. “We can’t take complete credit because it’s still Tanner Thomas.”

Dave Link is a freelance contributor to the Knoxville New Sentinel

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