Spring Practice is Here!

 

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WR #4 Davis Simmons PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com

The 2016 Admirals will take to the practice field for the first time next week on Monday, May 2nd at 4:00 pm.  With the graduation of 22 seniors from the 2015 squad, there will be many new players looking to step into leading roles for the first time.  Returning for the Admirals on offense will be offensive linemen Chance Bolen (C) and Andrew Maxey (OT).  Davis Simmons (WR) returns as the leader for a talented, young wide receiving corp.

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LB #15 Cooper Hardin PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRfoto.com

The QB and RB competitions will be exciting to follow as the Admirals look to replace departing seniors Jacob Naumoff and Tanner Thomas in the backfield.  On defense, the Admirals return a strong linebacking corp led by 100+ tacklers Cooper Hardin and Drew Butler.  The Admirals must replace the likes of Cole Strange and Hunter Fox on the defensive line, but look to do so with a deep rotation in 2016.  The secondary welcomes all new faces in 2016 but several candidates looking to step into starting roles this year played significantly last season.  The kicking game will absorb the loss of senior standout Carter Phillipy with returning punter Joe Doyle handling all of the kicking duties in 2016.

The Admirals will hold the annual Blue vs. Grey spring game on Friday, May 6th before scrimmaging the Central Bobcats the following week to conclude spring practice (Date/Time TBA).  For the Blue vs. Grey game, The Battlestation will be open so you can load up on Admiral gear, as well as the concession stand so you can bring the family and have a night at the ball field. The Blue vs. Grey game is FREE admission, so its a great night to bring the family out and checkout the 2016 Admirals. Also, make sure you stop by the concession stands and try out  a $5 Football Mega Burger. Season passes will also be available for $30 each, passes get you in all Varsity, JV, and Freshmen football games throughout the 2016 season.

Just before practice starts on May 2nd, construction will begin on Bill Clabo Field that morning to replace the natural bermuda sod Turf Fieldwith synthetic turf for the 2016 season.  It’s an exciting time to be an Admiral so fans be sure to come by on Friday, May 6th for the Blue vs. Grey spring game as well as the scrimmage with Central the following week!  Go Admirals!!

Admirals Have 6 Commit on National Signing Day

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National Signing Day 2016, 5 signees surrounded by teammates.

Wednesday was National Signing Day for the Class of 2016. The Admirals saw 6 of their own commit to play at  6 different institutions.

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DE/TE Cole Strange
 signed to play at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cole chose Air Force over Army, UTC, and several other offers. In his senior season, Strange led the team in sacks, with 7.5, in minus yard tackles, with 18, and was 2nd in total hits, with 103.5 despite missing 4 games due to injury. Cole ranks 5th in school history for most tackles for loss in a season, with 18. He also ranks 11th in school history in career tackles, with 226.

1-ThomasRB Tanner Thomas signed with the Ivy League’s Columbia University in New York, NY. Tanner chose Columbia over Cincinnati, UTC, and several other schools. Tanner leaves Farragut as the 2nd leading career rusher in school history with 5,013 yards, and ranked 2nd with 64 touchdowns. Thomas’ junior and senior years’ rushing totals rank 9th and 4th, respectively, in school history. Tanner also set the record for most rushing TDs in a game, with 6 against Bearden in 2014.

12-PhillipyK Carter Phillipy signed with Austin Peay University in Clarksville, TN. Carter chose Austin Peay over MTSU and several other offers. Carter leaves Farragut with the best PAT % for any kicker in history, hitting 99.2%, only missing one attempt in 129 tries for his career.

Long snapper Ben Hoffman signed with  Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. Ben was selected to play in the 2016 Under Armour All-American game, the first Farragut player to have received that honor.

 

68-FoxDT Hunter Fox  has chosen to continue his football career at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY.  During Hunter’s senior season, he ranked 5th in total hits, tied for 3rd in minus yard tackles, and tied for 3rd in sacks.

 

6-NaumoffQB Jacob Naumoff decided to further his football career at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN.  Naumoff leaves Farragut 4th in career passing yards with 3,529. Jacob’s junior and senior seasons rank 11th and 3rd, respectively, for single season passing yards. Naumoff also holds the records for single game pass completions, 27, and single game pass attempts, 43, both coming in 2014 against West.

2016 FHS Sports Hall of Fame is January 30

The 4th annual Farragut High School Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony is next Saturday night, January 30, at 6:00 pm in the FHS Commons.  The FHS Sports Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to honor and recognize former Admiral athletes for their outstanding accomplishments in athletics.  The featured guest speaker for this year’s ceremony is 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Bates.  This year’s class will recognize 10 former athletes and 2 coaches for their outstanding contribution to FHS Athletics.  This year’s class includes:

Coach Buddy Fisher (Football, 1987-1995)

Coach/ Player Natalie Sisk (Girls’ Basketball, 1983-97 & Soccer, 1986-90)

Male Athletes:

Bobby Gaylor (Baseball, 1982)

Chris Groer (Tennis, 1992)

Chuck Johnson (Basketball, 1982)

Jimmy Johnston (Golf, 1988)

Nick Reveiz (Football/Wrestling, 2006)

Female Athletes:

Tonya Ambler (Softball/ Volleyball/ Basketball, 1992)

Pam Cioffi (Tennis, 1989)

Christina Elliott (Track/ Basketball, 1994)

Laura Lauter (Soccer, 1997)

Kim Simmons (Track/ Basketball, 2000)

Lamar Orr – Service Award

Tickets for the ceremony are $30 (in advance) or $35 (at the door).  Tables are for sale for $225.  For more information, contact Susan Pratt in the FHS Office at 865-671-7126 or by email: susan.pratt@knoxschools.org

 

 

Strange, Phillipy lead Team Tennessee in Border Bowl Win

Tennessee recaptured the series lead in the Kentucky-Tennessee Border Bowl on Saturday, thanks to standout performances from area football players.

Fulton High School defensive back/wide receiver Kentel Williams scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Tennessee topped Kentucky 29-14 at University of the Cumberlands’ James H. Taylor Stadium in Williamsburg, Ky.

Only seniors were eligible for the all-star game.

“Knoxville kids showed out,” West coach Jeff Harig, an assistant for Tennessee, said by phone after the game. “Farragut’s Cole Strange was unblockable and made plays all over the field. Kentel came up big. (Farragut kicker) Carter Phillipy made two field goals.”

The win snapped Tennessee’s three-game skid in the series, which it now leads 5-4. Williams’ first score gave Tennessee a 20-7 lead.

The Class 4A Mr. Football semifinalist fumbled at the Kentucky 16-yard line after a 29-yard reception, but then recovered the ball in the end zone. Williams later caught a short pass from Halls quarterback Andrew Davis, split a pair of Kentucky defenders and raced to the end zone for a 58-yard touchdown. He was named Tennessee’s offensive MVP for the game. Strange, who is committed to Chattanooga, was the defensive MVP.

Tennessee led 13-0 at halftime. Game stats were not made available.

“All week long, we couldn’t handle Cole in practice,” said Jefferson County coach Kenny Cobble, Tennessee’s defensive coordinator. “He came out in the game and established himself early. They had a hard time blocking him, and he was able to make some plays in the backfield and really disrupt their game plan. He was all over the place. It was impressive to watch.”

by Chris Thomas of the Knoxville News Sentinel

 

Strange, Thomas to Play in KY-TN Border Bowl

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The 9th Annual Kentucky vs. Tennessee National Guard Border Bowl with feature two senior Admirals hoping to make one final impression on college recruiters.  Cole Strange and Tanner Thomas will play one more time as teammates in a game that features the best prep players from Tennessee against the best from Kentucky.  Cole and Tanner have already chosen their college destinations, UT-Chattanooga and Columbia University respectively, but will showcase their talents one more time in an Admiral uniform representing the state of Tennessee.  The game is set to kickoff at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, at James H. Taylor Stadium on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.  For more information about the game go to the KY-TN Border Bowl website, and as always follow us on twitter @FarragutFB to see highlights from the game!  Good Luck Cole and Tanner!  Go Admirals!