After three scrimmages with Ooltewah, Cookeville, and Bradley Central, the Admirals played in the annual KOC Jamboree on Friday, August 14th at Knox-West High School in the 2nd quarter against Hardin Valley.
The Admirals beat Hardin Valley in the 2015 KOC Jamboree at West High School 14-0. The Admirals scored on a 100 yard interception return for a Touchdown by Jack DeVault. The other
score came via a 70 yard Touchdown pass from QB Jacob Naumoff to WR Justin Kirkendall.
The Admiral defense looked tough as they didn’t allow any points, and also had two turnovers, the second coming from an interception by DB Ethan Cales. The Admirals passing game also looked in mid-season form.
As the Powell game is less than one week away, preparations have already begun. Farragut and Powell last played in 2006, when Powell beat the Admirals 28-21 . The Panthers are looking for stability has they now have their sixth coach since 2011. Since playing in the State Championship in 2011 and in the State Semifinals in 2012 the Panthers have a 6-14 record over the last two seasons, including a 1-9 record last season. The Panthers return ten starters from last year’s team.
The Admirals have 25 seniors, and many have played together since their Farragut Middle School team won a district title.
“The more experience, the better,” senior tight end/defensive end Cole Strange said. “In eighth grade, we didn’t have Tanner (Thomas, senior running back). He’s the best player on our team, and we still won every game.”
Thomas will be a key component this season after rushing for 1,469 yards and 23 touchdowns last year.
Despite a 4-3 record in District 4-AAA last year, the Admirals were left out of the playoffs in the complicated tiebreaker system.
“It was tough on us,” Courtney said. “We have high expectations every year. If you stay in this business long enough, you’ll have years like that. We had some injuries, and we played three state champions in the regular season (Fulton, West, and Maryville).”
Farragut moves into Region 3-5A this season along with Campbell County, Clinton, Karns, Lenoir City, and Oak Ridge. Lenoir City is the only team from District 4-AAA joining Farragut in the new region under the TSSAA’s latest reclassification, although the Admirals played Oak Ridge in a non-district game last year.
“We want to get back to the playoffs and make a good run ” senior kicker Carter Phillipy said.
Season passes are just $25. Keep in mind that the Knox County School Board recently voted to raise football single game gate admission to $8 per game – so a season pass is a real bargain this year! Season passes get you into all home Varsity, JV and Freshman regular season games and the proceeds stay directly with the Booster Club supporting our team. Season passes can only be sold up until half time of our first home game so don’t miss out; purchase your season pass soon.
Today marked the official start of the 2015 Farragut Football season, as the Admirals took to the field for the first time in full pads. Monday and Wednesday will be two-a-day practices for the Admirals, while Tuesday and Thursday the Admirals will only have one morning practice. The week will end with a scrimmage against former region rival Ooltewah at Farragut on Friday, July 31st. The Owls went 9-2 last year and lost in the 1st round of the TSSAA playoffs. The following Thursday, August 7th, Farragut host Cookeville, who went 8-3 last year. On Tuesday, August 11th, Farragut will travel to Bradley Central in Cleveland to take on another former region rival. The final dress rehearsal before the 2015 season opener against Powell will be Friday, August 14th in the annual KOC Jamboree. The jamboree has been moved to Knox-West High School after Bearden High School’s field will not be ready, and the Admirals play in the 2nd quarter against Hardin Valley. The following week will be see the Admirals preparing for August 21st, the opening game at Powell. Be sure to stayed tuned to our website and follow us on twitter @FarragutFB more up-to-date information, news, and highlights.
Over 30 local teams traveled to Maryville College for the annual 7-on-7 Pass Perimeter Practice Day. The event began at Lenoir City High School in the summer of 2007. It has been at Maryville College since 2008. There were two sessions for teams to come in and compete against other schools. While it’s a lot different than what the players will experience on Friday nights, it does help.
On Saturday, the Admirals took to the field at Maryville College to showcase their air attack at the 2015 Maryville College 7v7 Day. The Admirals parcitpated in the morning session and faced off against Upperman, Boyd-Buchanan, Cookeville, and finally Grace Christian Academy. The Admirals looked very sound across the board in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity platoons.
Remember, the Admirals have several dates remaining on the 7v7 circuit before they start full padded practice on July 27th. Upcoming Dates:
The 2014 Admirals had a total of four different players selected to five separate award lists. Senior OL Nate Gilliam, a 2015 Wake Forest commit, was the most selected player, being named to four separate lists, most notable being selected to the 2014 6A Class 6A All-State Team, the premier list of players in the largest football classification in Tennessee.
Admiral Nate Gilliam, a class of 2015 3-Star Wake Forest commit and 2014 District 4-AAA Offensive Lineman of the Year, has been selected to play in the 2014 Toyota East vs. West All Star game on Friday, December 12th.
While there was still hope Friday night that the Admirals would be in the 2014 playoffs, a couple of games that needed to go Farragut’s way ended up not doing so. So as the brackets were released this morning, the Admirals found themselves as the 33rd team in the 6A ranking, where only 32 teams make it in. There will be more reflection on the season in coming days.
The Admirals will miss the Class 6A playoffs for 2014, final record will finish at 4-6… Ads were 1 of first 2 teams left out #AlwaysAttack