2017 FHS Sports Hall of Fame

The 2017 edition of the Farragut High School Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be this Saturday, February 4th, at 5:30 pm in the Commons.  The football program will welcome two former players into this year’s class.   Quarterback Chris Avans, class of 1995, will join the Hall of Fame’s fifth induction class along with punter/kicker, Aaron Doyle, class of 2004.

Avans rewrote the record book as the Admirals’ signal caller for the 1992-94 seasons.  Avans’ 1993 squad captured the Region 2-5A championship and advanced to the Quarter-finals in the first year of the TSSAA expansion to five classifications.  Avans was 24-5 as a starting QB and now ranks 6th all-time in career passing yards (3,071), 2nd in career TD passes (45), 7th in career total offense (3,831), and 2nd in career total TDs responsible for (67).  Chris also lettered in baseball and basketball.

Aaron Doyle was named an All-American for his efforts on the Admirals’ soccer team that won back-to-back State titles in 2003 and 2004 along with being named National Champions in 2003.  Doyle joined the football team prior to his senior year to handle all punting and placekicking duties.  Aaron was able to finish the season with a 40.3 yard average on 46 punts as well as making 6 of 7 field goal attempts.  Most notably, his first attempt of the year was a game-winning, 36-yard field goal to beat Bearden 10-7 on the game’s final drive.  Aaron now ranks 12th in punting average all-time and converted a career long 47-yard field goal versus Ooltewah.

Other inductees into the 2017 Hall of Fame class include:

Donald Dodgen (coach, basketball)

Kelsey Benorden Baird (volleyball)

Jeff Glover (baseball, basketball)

Jessie Howard Baird (softball, swimming)

Alex Munday (basketball, track, volleyball)

Mandy Newman Watson (basketball, track)

Willie Parker (basketball, track)

Erika Thornton Scott (golf)

Justin Treadwell (basketball)

Tickets to the event are $30 and tables for eight can be purchased at $225.  This year’s ceremony will be featured by former Tennessee and NFL standout kicker Fuad Reveiz as the keynote speaker.  For tickets and information, contact Coach David Moore at 966-9775.

Five Admirals named All-State for Class 5A

The Tennessee Sports Writers’ Association released the All-State teams for Class 5A for 2016 on Tuesday, December 27.  The teams are voted on by prep sports writers covering all areas of the state.  The 2016 State Champion Admirals were represented the most of any team in Class 5A, naming five players on the team.  Congratulations to these Admirals for being named All-State for Class 5A in 2016!

Adam Fulton – QB

Braden Collins – WR

Cooper Hardin – LB

Jack DeVault – DB

Joe Doyle – Punter

For a complete list of All-State selections for Classes 5A and 6A listed in the Tennesseean, click on the link: All-State teams

Adam Fulton throw a long pass TD against South Doyle on 11/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Adam Fulton completed 184 of 333 pass attempts for 3,223 yards with 41 touchdowns and only 6 INT’s.  His performance in 2016 broke single season records for completions, pass attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns.

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

Braden Collins finished 2016 with 68 receptions for 1,242 yards and 16 touchdowns.  He set single season records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns.  His 13 receptions and four TD’s versus Ooltewah are FHS records.

Cooper Hardin carries the ball against Ooltewah on 11/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Cooper Hardin finished 2016 with 124.5 total hits on defense.  He led the team with 10.5 sacks and 21 minus-yard stops.  Cooper also led the Admirals in rushing with 1,454 yards and 19 TD’s on 196 carries.  He was named the Blue Cross Bowl Offensive MVP versus Independence.

Jack DeVault catches a TD pass against South Doyle on 11/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Jack DeVault led the Admirals’ secondary with five interceptions in 2016 from his cornerback spot.  He finished fourth on the team with 26 catches for 506 yards and 4 TD’s as a wide receiver.  Jack was named Blue Cross Bowl Defensive MVP for his two interceptions to spark the Admirals’ comeback versus Independence.

Joe Doyle hits a career long 49 yard field goal against West on 10/7. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Joe Doyle finished his Admiral career averaging 41.1 yards per punt for 2016.  In his first year as a place-kicker, Joe converted 69 extra points and made 8 of 14 field goals with a long of 49 yards versus West.

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

Bolen and Hardin Selected to East/West All-Star Game

Senior OL/DL Chance Bolen.
Senior RB/LB Cooper Hardin.







The 10th annual Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic will feature two senior Admirals, Chance Bolen (center) and Cooper Hardin (linebacker).  Both young men are trying to make some final impressions on college recruiters.  Chance and Cooper will play one final game as teammates featuring the top high school prospects from across the state of Tennessee.  The state is divided in half, so that the East All-Stars are pitted against the West All-Stars in a game that has quickly rose to prominence as the top All-Star game in the state.  Neither Chance nor Cooper have determined where they will play football next year, but this game will allow them one more chance to showcase their skills before making that decision.  While they may not be in their familiar Farragut numbers’, Chance will begin in #50 and Cooper in #34, you can look for the familiar ‘Dallas Blue’ helmets with the ‘Star’ to find them.  Chance and Cooper will return to a familiar destination as the game is set to kickoff at 8:00 pm EST on Friday, December  9, at Tucker Stadium on the campus of the Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, the exact location and time as the state championship contest a week prior.

If you cannot make it to the game, there are several ways to watch it. The first, and easiest way, is to stream the game via ESPN3.  According to Bill Marbet, the executive director of the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association, this offers players exposure to college coaches, and with the live streaming, they can now be seen all over the country.  “This is a culmination of their high school career that they’ve worked so hard to accomplish,” said Marbet, “Other than the state championship, on an individual basis, the all star game is the epitome of their career.”

In addition to ESPN3, here is where to watch the game on TV:

  • Chattanooga WRCB 3.2
  • Knoxville WBIR 10.2
  • Tri-Cities WKPT 19
  • Nashville WKUW 40.7
  • Memphis KPMF 26.1

As always, follow us on twitter @FarragutFB to see highlights from the game!  Good Luck Chance and Cooper!  Go Admirals!

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