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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Out With the Old, In With the New…Scoreboard Style

The last two years have brought many new upgrades to Bill Clabo Field and the surrounding facility, including a new track and the new artificial turf football field, both thanks to the generosity of the Haslam Family and Pilot Flying J, with the help of Mark Packer.  This year, the Farragut Football Booster Club and Coach Courtney set out to bring closure to a project that has been ongoing for nearly 5 years, bringing a new scoreboard and Jumbotron to our stadium.  When presented with the task from Coach Courtney, the football booster club, combated it head on.  Seeking bids from all the major players in the scoreboard  market, and working tirelessly to make it happen for the 2017 football season.

When the dust settled, Electro-Mech won the final bid, and then the real work began.  From choosing the resolution of the screen, to decorating the top arch, and choosing the color of the scoreboard itself, there was a lot of work to do in a short period of time.  Work began on August 22nd, digging four footers, 13-feet deep and 3-feet wide, for the new structure.  Two 48-foot and two 50-foot I-beams were lifted into position with each pole weighing in at over two tons.  After the poles were set, the concrete was left to settle and cure for 5 days.  In the meantime, work began to dismantle the existing scoreboard and structure.  On Saturday, August 26th, the scoreboard was removed, and the structure that stood for nearly 20 years was dismantled.  After the concrete and I-beams were settled, work quickly began on Monday, August 28th to construct the new scoreboard.  By sundown the new scoreboard and bottom advertising panel was assembled and welded to the structure.  With time running out, and 48 hours before kickoff for the 2017 home opener, crews finally assembled the video board on Tuesday evening.  On Wednesday, August 30th, crews completed the structure with the two ad panels that flank the video board, and topping it off with an illuminated Farragut Admirals arch.  Work quickly turned to connecting the scoreboard, video board, and play clocks to electricity, as well as connecting and provisioning the new scoreboard. Finally, after months of hard work by the football booster club, Coach Courtney, and Lee Ann Kelly of Electro-Mech, as well as gracious donations from our supporters and sponsors, the video board came alive on Wednesday, August 30th!

Here is a gallery of the video board:

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Admirals Soar Past McMinn County, 34-14

Jaden Gibbs catches a pass against McMinn 8/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals got off to a quick start defensively, as Isaiah Gibbs returned a fumble 43 yards for the Admirals touchdown on the Cherokee’s first offensive play of the night.  The Admirals and Cherokees would both then trade series, forcing punts, before a Farragut fumble set up the Cherokees with the ball at the Farragut 12 yard line.

Cade Burkey tackles the McMinn quarterback for a loss on 8/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Five plays later, McMinn County would punch it in, but a blocked XP try by Wyatt Lucas kept Farragut ahead 7-6 with :51 left in the 1st quarter.

 

 

The Admirals wasted little time answering, as Gavin Wilkinson found Jacob Warren three plays later on a 75-yard TD pass.

Jacob Warren catches a long touchdown pass against McMinn 8/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals and Cherokees would then trade series until the Admirals were able to put together a potent two-minute drive as the 2nd quarter wained. Unfortunately, the 64 yard play drive would end at the Cherokee 12 yard line after a Farragut interception. McMinn would kneel the ball and head to halftime trailing Farragut 14-6.

Nnamdi McSwine tackles a McMinn ball carrier on 8/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admiral defense opened the half with what would have been a 3-and-out, but a running into the kicker penalty on a McMinn punt put the Admiral defense back on the field.  The defense was able to force another McMinn punt five plays later.  The Admiral offense wasted no time, as it only needed one play to find the end zone, on a 74-yard Kyle Carter run to extend the lead to 21-6 in favor of the Admirals.

Kyle Carter breaks a 75 yard TD run against McMinn 8/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Cherokees did not give in though, instead answering with a 10-play touchdown drive, that also saw them convert a 2-pt conversion to cut the Admiral lead to 7 with 1:29 left in the 3rd.

 

Farragut’s ensuing drive spanned into the 4th quarter.  The Admirals moved in 7 plays for 55 yards, and was capped off by a 2-yard Kyle Carter touchdown run.  But, a missed extra point made the Farragut lead 27-14 with 11:35 left to play.

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

McMinn’s next drive started off promising, but stalled as the Cherokees failed to convert on a 4th and 5.  Again, the Admirals only needed one play to score, as Kyle Carter ran 55 yards for a touchdown to make the final score 34-14.

The Admirals improve to 2-0 and will have their first home game of the season, as they take on Morristown-West.  The game is on Thursday night, as it it being televised by Rivalry Thursday, and kickoff is set for 7:00pm at Bill Clabo Field.

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 Slips By Bradley in OT, 27-21

In 1995, it took seven overtimes for the Admirals to beat Bradley Central, this year it would only take one.

Jacob Warren catches his first TD pass of the night against Bradley 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals received the opening kickoff and marched down the field on a 5-play, 54 yard drive that was capped off by a 45-yard Jake Evans to Jacob Warren touchdown pass.

On the ensuing Bradley possession, an Alex Williams interception and 35 yard return set the Admirals at the Bears’ 25 yard line.  This time it took only 3 plays for the Admirals to find the end zone, again via the Evans to Warren connection, this time for 22 yards.  Caleb Kuhn’s 9-yard sack on third down would force the Bears to punt on the next series.  The Admirals found themselves again deep in Bradley territory, but couldn’t convert on 3rd and 4, and a 28-yard field goal attempt missed wide left.  The Bears took over the ball at the 20 yard line, but after two first downs, a Kyle Carter sack forced a Bear punt and the end of the first stanza.  The first quarter ended with Farragut up 14-0 on Bradley Central.

Farragut and Bradley would trade processions to open the second quarter, but an Andrew Williams interception would end a Bear drive.

Nnhamdi McSwine tackles the Bradley runner on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Farragut’s ensuing drive never got going, and after a Griffen Swicegood punt, Bradley took over possession on their own 48-yard line.  Three plays later, a 25-yard touchdown pass put Bradley on the board with  :55 left until halftime.  Farragut took the lead into halftime, 14-7.

Bradley received the 2nd half kickoff,  but again would trade series with Farragut, both not seeing much doing offensively.  Bradley’s second possession of the third quarter was more successful.  The Bears march 62 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown, to tie the game at 14-14 with 5:54 left in the third quarter.

Bradley RB is tackled by a fleet of Admirals on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals took the ball and and moved down field on an 11-play 44 yard drive, but saw it cut short by an interception.  Bradley took over at their own 17-yard line, but after two first downs, failed to convert on a 3rd and 2 to keep the drive alive. The Bears punted away to begin the fourth quarter.

Farragut would take over from their own 20-yard line to start the fourth quarter, but an interception would kill the drive before it ever got going.  Bradley started in Farragut territory at the 37-yard line and punched it in 7 plays later from the 14-yard line to take their first lead of the game, 21-14 with 6:50 left to play.  The Admirals next drive was the highlight of the night.  After a penalty and a negative yardage play, the Ads found themselves in a 3rd and 23 situation.

Isaiah Gibbs answers a Farragut prayer on 3rd and 24 against Bradley on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Enter Isaiah Gibbs, the junior tailback caught a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage, juked, jived, and cutback across the field to out run several defenders to provide a 47-yard spark for the Admiral offense.  Four plays later, Jake Evans found Jacob Warren once again, this time from 26-yards out, to tie the game at 21-21 with 4:30 left in the game.  Following the ensuing kickoff, Farragut’s defense would force a quick punt, but Bradley would return the favor.  Swicegood punted the ball to Bradley where they would  begin the drive at their own 20-yard line.  After two long pass plays, the Admirals found themselves in a dangerous position, the Bears had driven to the Farragut 25 with less than a minute to go.

Drew Butler stops a threatening Bradley late in the 4th with an interception on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Senior LB Drew Butler would save the day though, intercepting a third down pass and allowing Admiral Nation to breathe a sigh of relief once again. In lieu of trying to go 92 yards to score in under :50 seconds, the Admirals opted for overtime.

After winning the toss, the Admirals elected to play defense first in overtime.  With the ball at the 10, the Bears were able to find the end zone on second down, but the play was called back due to an illegal shift.  After a holding penalty on third down, the Bears were forced into a 4th and Goal from the 24-yard line.  The Bears then had to make a decision on whether to kick the FG or go for it.

Wyatt Lucas intercepts Bradley in overtime on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Bears initially ran the FG team onto the field, only to call a timeout moments before the snap.  They decided then to go for it.  Farragut’s defense came up with another big stop, this time a Wyatt Lucas interception in the end zone.  Farragut took over the ball at the 10, needing just a single point to win the game.

Jacob Warren dives in to the end zone on the game winning pass against Bradley in OT on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

On 2nd down, for the fourth time of the evening, Jake Evans found Jacob Warren on a 12-yard pass to score, the duos fourth of the night, and propel the Admirals to a 27-21 victory over Bradley.  While it certainly wasn’t the 7-overtime thriller from 1995, it was certainly thrilling enough for Admiral Nation.

The Admirals begin the season 1-0 and will face a tough McMinn County team next week, a rematch from the 1st round of the 2016 playoffs.  Both teams look to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

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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Preseason Over, Season and Game Week Here

After a long offseason, the Admirals are making final preparations for their week 1 opponent, Bradley Central.  The Admirals scrimmaged three quality opponents in fall camp this year. The first opponent was Ooltewah, a rematch from the 2016 quarterfinal matchup, on July 28th at Farragut. The Admirals showed poise and attacked the Owl defense both in the air and on the ground. The Admiral defense enjoyed success by hemming in the Ooltewah offense and not giving up big plays. The second scrimmage was against Cookeville on August 3rd at Farragut. The Admirals offense started slow, but found its stride and got into a rhythm and found the end zone several times. Defensively, Farragut was able to bow their backs and help the offense through its slow period. The final scrimmage of fall camp was against Greeneville on August 8th at FHS. The Admirals came out quick on offense were able to find the end zone via the ground attack on several big runs. The Admiral defense came up with several turnovers in the red zone that kept the Greene Devil offense out of the end zone.

Farragut players, from left, Jon Buell (4), Braden Collins (23) and Max Travis (5) watch the game during the annual KOC Kickoff Classic at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, August 11, 2017. Calvin Mattheis, Knoxville News Sentinel

Farragut also participated in the KOC Kickoff Jamboree at West High School on August 11th. The Admirals faced off against the South Doyle Cherokees, a rematch of the 2016 semi-final playoff game. The defense forced a quick 3-and-out, the led to a 7-play, 53 yard drive, that was capped off by a 7 yard, Kyle Carter TD run. Farragut’s defense came right back out to forced another 3-and

Farragut’s Isaiah Gibbs (6) is tackled by South Doyle’s Aaron Lee (54) during the annual KOC Kickoff Classic at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, August 11, 2017. Calvin Mattheis, Knoxville News Sentinel

-out, which setup the Admiral offense on their own 48 yard line. RB Isaiah Gibbs set the tone with  a first down, 39 yard run, but the Admirals would miss a 38 yard field goal.

Farragut’s Josh Moses (33) runs the ball during the annual KOC Kickoff Classic at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, August 11, 2017. Calvin Mattheis, Knoxville News Sentinel

Another defensive stop led to an 8-play, 58 yard drive, that ended wth a 4-yard, Josh Moses TD run. When the quarter ended, the Admirals found themselves victorious, 14-0 over South Doyle.

 

 

 

The Admirals turn their attention now to the Bears from Bradley Central. The Admirals open the 2017 season looking to defend the school’s first state title in history. Farragut and Bradley Central will play on Friday, August 18th at Bradley Central High School, kickoff is set for 7:30pm. Read more about this matchup by reading the matchup preview by clicking here.