Joe Doyle plays in Under Armour All-American Game on ESPN

 

Senior P/PK will participate in the 2017 edition of the Under Armour All-American Game on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.  The game

Photo courtesy of USA Today at usatodayhss.com, Sep. 15, 2016.

will be televised nationally on ESPN from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.  Joe becomes the second Admiral in as many years to be named as an Under Armour All-American.  Ben Hoffman participated in the 2016 edition of the national all-star game as a long-snapper before moving on to Eastern Kentucky.  Joe will represent the Admirals one final time and showcase his talents in front of many college recruiters.  Joe has recently received a scholarship offer from UNC-Charlotte to go along with many opportunities to come in as a preferred walk-on.  Joe will wear #12 for Team Highlight competing along with some of the best high school football players in America.  We wish Joe the best of luck as he represents the Admirals one final time before moving on to the college ranks.  Fans be sure to tune in to ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET and as always follow updates from Twitter at @FarragutFB and Facebook.

Admirals place 16 to All-Region 3-5A Team

Admirals named to the All-Region 3-5A Team:

  • Eddie Courtney – Coach of the Year
  • Rusty Partin – Offensive Assistant of the Year
  • Jacob Warren – Tight End of the Year
  • Joe Doyle – Punter of the Year
  • Jonathan Buchanan – Offensive Line – Scholar Athlete
  • Alex Williams – Outside Linebacker – Scholar Athlete
  • Adam Fulton – Quarterback
  • Cooper Hardin – Running Back
  • Chance Bolen – Offensive Line
  • Andrew Maxey – Offensive Line
  • Braden Collins – Wide Receiver
  • Jaden Gibbs – Wide Receiver
  • Will Everett – Defensive Line
  • Cade Burkey – Linebacker
  • Drew Butler – Linebacker
  • Jack DeVault – Defensive Back

Admirals Advance, Beat Rhea County 33-30

With his team up four points with just under seven minutes to play, Farragut coach Eddie Courtney elected to keep the field-goal unit on the sideline and go for a touchdown with the ball on Rhea County’s 2-yard line.

His aggressiveness paid off.

Cooper Hardin scores the game winning TD against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Cooper Hardin scores the game winning TD against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The touchdown by Cooper Hardin stretched the Admirals’ lead to 11 before the host Eagles knocked it down to a 33-30 final score. The win advanced Farragut to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state playoffs and a visit from Ooltewah next week.

“We felt like we needed to be aggressive there because we didn’t want to kickoff to them with it being a seven-point game,” Courtney said.

Cooper Hardin strips a Rhea County Running Back of the ball on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Cooper Hardin strips a Rhea County Running Back of the ball on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

“We felt comfortable with our line getting the push, because they were in my ear wanting to go for it.”

“That was the biggest play of the year and probably my career,” Hardin said about his 2-yard touchdown run. “Plays like that are all about execution, and we did it perfectly.”

Both teams’ play reflected their records and the playoff atmosphere in a first half that included four lead changes. The Eagles (9-3) had the grasp on the lead at the break, but the Admirals (11-1) struck first out of it.

Jack DeVault catches a TD pass against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Jack DeVault catches a TD pass against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Six quick plays netted Farragut a four-point lead after an Adam Fulton pass to Jack Devault. That lead held until the fourth quarter, when the teams took turns trading the advantage once again.

First, it was Rhea County and running back Mason Stephenson who took the lead early in the fourth on a 12-yard run to the outside.

Adam Fulton throws a deep pass against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Adam Fulton throws a deep pass against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Minutes later, Farragut quarterback Fulton found sophomore Jaden Gibbs downfield for a 46-yard reception that led to a scoring run by Hardin a play later.

Max Travis tackles a Rhea County WR to turn the ball over on downs on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Max Travis tackles a Rhea County WR to turn the ball over on downs on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

After turning the Eagles over on downs for the third time, Farragut marched down to score on the 2-yard fourth-down play that essentially sealed the win.

“I told Coach (Mark) Pemberton that this truly should’ve been a game played in the semifinals,” Courtney said.

Drew Butler sacks the QB for a big loss against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Drew Butler sacks the QB for a big loss against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

“I’m excited for our guys: We came down to a real tough and great place to play where everybody loves football and earned a big win.”

There was a penalty called on nearly every drive of the game, with most of them being on the Eagles — many stalling key drives.

Jacob Warren hauls in a long TD catch against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Jacob Warren hauls in a long TD catch against Rhea County on 11/11. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

“I guess this was a night where we made too many mistakes to win,” Pemberton said. “I’ll have to go and look at the film on whether some of the penalties were the right call, but that’s honestly not the reason we lost. We lost because we didn’t play well enough.

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John Mitchell, Chattanooga Times Free Press
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A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz 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 Beats McMinn County, 40-21

, Knoxville News Sentinel

A pair of fast starts extended Farragut High School’s football season on Friday at Bill Clabo Field.

The Admirals scored the game’s first 14 points and then the final 20 to spoil McMinn County’s postseason return, 40-21, in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Farragut (10-1) will travel to play Rhea County (9-2) in the second round for the second consecutive season. The Admirals fell to the Golden Eagles 40-34 last year.

“It’s going to be a good game,” Farragut running back/linebacker Cooper Hardin said. “We’re going to get it back for our seniors. I don’t think we should have lost that game.”

Adam Fulton throws a deep pass against McMinn on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Adam Fulton throws a deep pass against McMinn on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Farragut quarterback Adam Fulton completed 10 of 23 passes for 257 yards and three first-half touchdowns against McMinn County. He also threw an interception.

 

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Jack DeVault catches a deep pass against McMinn on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

He threw first-quarter touchdown passes to Jack DeVault (25 yards) and Braden Collins (73) in the first quarter, giving the Admirals a 14-0 lead.

McMinn County responded with 21 unanswered points and led 21-20 at halftime after Donell Armour’s 57-yard scamper, Xavier Abernathy’s 1-yard dive and quarterback Bradley Hayes’ 57-yard reception from receiver Chris Knowles.

But it was all Farragut from there.

Jacob Warren catches a TD pass against McMinn on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Jacob Warren catches a TD pass against McMinn on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Fulton connected with tight end Jacob Warren on a 34-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter, and Hardin shifted momentum in Farragut’s favor by recovering a Zane Byas fumble on the opening possession of the second half.

Braden Collins catches a long TD pass against McMinn on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Braden Collins catches a long TD pass against McMinn on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Hardin’s 4-yard TD run two plays later gave Farragut the lead for good at 26-20. The Admirals stopped McMinn County on downs on the ensuing possession, before pushing their lead to 34-21 on Amon Johnson’s 1-yard run with 3:56 left in the quarter.

Johnson added a 4-yard TD rush in the fourth. Farragut outgained McMinn County 396-260.

A feel of Admirals tackle the McMinn runner on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
A feel of Admirals tackle the McMinn runner on 11/4. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

“We talked to our defense at halftime, about responding,” Farragut coach Eddie Courtney said. “We knew we could score, but we had to go in there and shut this thing down. And we did.”

 

Farragut played Friday without star punter/kicker Joe Doyle, an Under Armour All-American. Doyle suffered a mild hamstring injury when he slipped and fell in the hours leading into the game.

Freshman Aidan Barrett took over as placekicker, missing two point-after-attempts. Fulton punted admirably in Doyle’s place, including a 47-yarder out of his own end zone.

“We expect Joe to be back,” Courtney said. “But at that stage, we didn’t have time to wrap it. It happened about 5:30 today on our way down here.”

Armour rushed for 161 yards and the touchdown on 24 carries to lead McMinn County, making its first playoff appearance since 2012. The Cherokees mustered just 72 yards in the second half.

“We had a pretty good game plan,” McMinn County coach Bo Cagle said. “A lot of times those guys made good plays on catches. Our defensive backs were getting better the whole game, but our offense didn’t hold up long enough to give us a chance.”

Contact Chris Thomas at chris.thomas@knoxnews.com. Follow him at twitter.com/christhomaskns

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz 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 Races Past Clinton, 49-21

By Mike Blackerby of the Knoxville News Sentinel

Farragut High School heads into the Class 5A state playoffs riding a wave of momentum, thanks in large part to its record-setting quarterback, Adam Fulton.

Senior QB Adam Fulton.
Senior QB Adam Fulton.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound senior broke the school single-season record for touchdown passes in the Admirals’ 49-21 win over visiting Clinton on Friday night at Bill Clabo Field.

Fulton connected on 10 of 17 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns – all in the first half.

Fulton’s 5-yard scoring toss to Braden Collins with 1:06 to play in the first half gave him 25 touchdown passes, breaking the mark of Reese Browning.

Coach Reese Browning celebrates Adam Fulton breaking his single season TD passing record after a big win against Clinton on 10/28.
Coach Reese Browning celebrates Adam Fulton breaking his single season TD passing record after a big win against Clinton on 10/28.

Now an assistant coach for the Admirals, Browning presented Fulton with the game ball in the post-game celebration.

“He (Browning) basically has taught me everything I know,” said Fulton, who has thrown only two interceptions all season.

“And my line has done a great job all season.”

 

Farragut (9-1, 4-1 Region 3-5A) heads into its home playoff opener next week against McMinn County (7-3) on the crest of a seven-game winning streak.

Drew Butler tackles the Clinton WR for a loss on 10/28. PHOTO CREDIT: Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Drew Butler tackles the Clinton WR for a loss on 10/28. PHOTO CREDIT: Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals, the second-seed out of Region 3-5A, haven’t lost since falling to region champion Oak Ridge on Sept. 2.

“After we lost by five points to Oak Ridge, these guys just stayed together,” Farragut coach Eddie Courtney said.

Isaiah Gibbs catches a long TD pass against Clinton on 10/28. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Isaiah Gibbs catches a long TD pass against Clinton on 10/28. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Fulton also had touchdown passes of 38 yards to Collins and 30 yards to Isaiah Gibbs as the Admirals bolted to a 35-7 halftime lead against the Dragons (1-9, 1-4).

Amon Johnson added a 9-yard touchdown run and Cooper Hardin tacked on an 11-yard dash in the first half for the Admirals.

Hardin, who also scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, led Farragut in rushing with 121 yards on 10 carries.

Wyatt Lucas catches a tough TD pass against Clinton on 10/28. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Wyatt Lucas catches a tough TD pass against Clinton on 10/28. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals capped their scoring with a 58-yard pass from Jake Evans to Wyatt Lucas in the fourth quarter.

 

Alex Williams intercepts the Clinton pass on 10/28. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Alex Williams intercepts the Clinton pass on 10/28. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

 

Clinton quarterback Luke Harrison threw three touchdown passes, and also had two interceptions.
Harrison connected with J’Quan Thomas on scores of 14 and 12 yards late in the fourth quarter, and also hit S.J. Powers with a 6-yard touchdown pass.

Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz 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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