Construction Complete, New Field Ready for Use

Bill Clabo Field on 5/8/2016 after the grass surfaced was completely removed. PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Cain, Professional Drone Pilot

The last 10 weeks have brought monumental change at Bill Clabo Field. The grass surface that covered the field for nearly 40 years was removed and a new artificial playing surface was installed. The process began on May 1st with the removal of the old grass surface. After four weeks weeks of removing the old surface, and dumping over thirty truckloads of dirt to build the playing surface level with the surrounding track, the first base layer of rock began to be graded. By the June 1st, the first layer of rock had been graded, and on June 3rd the new goalpost were installed, which

New goalposts being installed on 6/3/2016 . PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Cain, Professional Drone Pilot
New goalposts being installed on 6/3/2016 . PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Cain, Professional Drone Pilot

replaced the previous goalpost that were updated before the 2015 season with longer uprights, but had been at Bill Clabo Field for nearly 40 years.

After installing both goalposts and laying the last base layer of rock, a process that  lasted until June 21st, it was then time to do the final grading of the surface and ready it for turf installation.

View from 6/24/2016 after the final grading. The last. Photo of the field before the installation of the turf. PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Cain, Professional Drone Pilot

The final grade of the field was completed on June 24th and turf installation began the next day.




View from 6/28/2016 after 50 yards of turf had been installed. PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Cain, Professional Drone Pilot
View from 6/30/2016 after the entire playing field had been installed, excluding sidelines. PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Cain, Professional Drone Pilot

Once the installation process began, the playing field was covered quickly with the artificial turf, but the turf doesn’t have any markings, logos, or numbers on it except for the 5-yard markers. The process of inlaying the hash marks, sidelines, logos, yard makers,  and end zone decorations proved to be the most time consuming part of the entire installation process, taking nearly four weeks. After finishing the playing field, attention turned to the installation of the sidelines. This is a large undertaking given there is a long jump pit on the home sidelines, which requires there be extra sideline space between the playing field and the pit.

The new Bill Clabo Field 7/22/2016 PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Cain, Professional Drone Pilot

After nearly three weeks of installing the sidelines, hash marks, logos, yard makers,  and end zone decorations, on July 22nd the new Bill Clabo Field passed inspection and was ready for use.



Construction Underway!

Construction began on Monday, May 2nd on the new synthetic turf to be installed at Bill Clabo Field.  This project began as the fourth turf installation project at a Knox County high school this spring.  Powell, Fulton, and Bearden have also began construction on their fields as well.

Photo courtesy of Chase Scott
Photo courtesy of Chase Scott

Construction crews from Baseline Sports Construction, LLC. entered the stadium Monday morning and began removing the existing goalposts at either end of the field.  These goalposts will be moved to the practice field and replaced with new ones. The entire construction process will take eight to ten weeks for completion, which is plenty of time for the Admirals to become acclimated with the new surface prior to the home opener with the Powell Panthers on August 19th.  Be sure to check back regularly for photos, videos, and updates to the construction process as we continue into the summer!

Photo courtesy of Chase Scott
Photo courtesy of Chase Scott
Photo courtesy of Chase Scott
Photo courtesy of Chase Scott

Under Armour Team Shop is Open!

Thanks to BSN Sports in Knoxville and our team sales rep, Royd Walker, players and fans can now purchase Under Armour apparel and gear for the upcoming season at a premium rate!  The store items for both players, parents, and fans, including; cleats, gloves, wristbands, workout shirts, gym shorts, tennis shoes, polos, jackets, pullovers, hats, and much more! The online store will only be open from now until Friday, May 13th through the BSN website,, and enter the access code: admira3KR to visit the store!  Parents take thisBSN opportunity to customize your own Admiral gear for you and your family.  All orders must be in by the May 13th deadline in order to be delivered on time!  All orders will be delivered to the FHS Football Fieldhouse to be distributed!

Spring Practice is Here!


Davis Catch Karns
WR #4 Davis Simmons PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz,

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.

LB #15 Cooper Hardin PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz,

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

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.

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.