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As we write the last chapter and close the book on the 2012 Admiral Football season, the highlights contain many positive reflections and encouragement for the future.
Before the season even began, everyone knew that the Admirals faced one of the toughest schedules in Tennessee. Now, after the fact, a recent analysis determined that in Division I, Class AAA, the “Toughest Schedule” in Tennessee based on Opponents’ Success was…in the #1 slot…Farragut High School. Still, the team did not back down from the strength of its competition. During the course of the regular season, the Ads earned quality wins over state-ranked teams from McMinn County and Catholic High Schools. The team engaged in extraordinary, fierce battles against state-ranked teams from Oak Ridge and Bearden. The 2012 Admirals were the first team in many, many years to score 41 points against defending state champion Maryville. And, in the final accounting, four of the team’s losses were decided by only 7 points or less.; and, those four losses were decided by a total of only 17 points.
As the regular season statistics are penciled in the history books, we can proudly see Farragut Admirals all over the District 4-AAA Leaderboard:
Passing: #1 Bryan Phillips
Receiving: #1 Thomas Barnett, #5 Christian Jetton, #8 Jake Bruce
Rushing: #2 Jackson Fain
Kicking: #2 Jonathan King
Defense: #3 Ryan Glintenkamp
To the 2012 Farragut Admirals we say “Anchors Away!” to an amazing group of seniors. Student-athletes who will not be defined by a Won/Loss record but who will be remembered as tenacious competitors who never said quit. These young men set sail toward very bright horizons.
And, to the 2013 Admirals, we say “Anchor Down!” The Ads will return a veteran group of football players, including: Phillips, Jetton, Glintenkamp, Farner, Rodriguez, Dunn, Gilliam, White, Partin, Williams, Suadi, Brabson, Farmer, Coffey, Al-Hussein, Saah, Hillencamp, Eggert and many more talented athletes that are certain to build on the legacy and tradition of Farragut Football.
Mark the date, come celebrate the team and its players at the Farragut Admiral Football Banquet, December 2nd, 2012 at X pm at XXXX location.
MARYVILLE —- Farragut High School’s football team made plenty of big offensive plays on Thursday, Oct. 11, in its annual District 4-AAA meeting against perennial powerhouse Maryville. Trouble was, the host Rebels made a few more and did just enough to come away with a 60-41 victory at Jim Renfro Field.
“Our offense kept playing hard,” Admirals’ head coach Eddie Courtney said. “I can never fault our kids for their effort.”
What’s at Stake:
While Lenoir City has all but locked up a playoff berth, the Admirals are considering this a must-win if they want to play int he post-season.
What’s at Stake:
Heritage is attempting to right the winless ship by sinking Farragut’s. The Admirals are coming off a tough 5 game stretch where they’ve been able to pick up 2 wins against Catholic and McMinn County. While Heritage’s playoff chances continue to diminish, Farragut’s post-season play is still a good possibility and they hope to start the run by coming away from Friday’s game with a win and some much-needed confidence going into the perennial west-side showdown with a 5-1 Bearden team.
Rarely does one play determine the outcome of a football game. But if you ask McMinn County what play turned the tide in the Admiral’s 23-10 win in their battle this past Friday, they’d have to say it was “the stop”.
With no time left on the clock left in the first half, the Cherokees were 1 yard away from taking a 17-10 lead into the half as well as the momentum that follows. Following a pass interference call in the endzone, McMinn ran left only to be met by Farragut’s Nick Henningson with “the stop”.
The Admirals took that momentum and never gave it back holding the Cherokees to just 14 yards rushing from scrimmage in the second half after allowing 142 yards in the first.
The evening was full of solid play by both the offense and defense. Offensively, Junior QB Brian Phillips managed the game like a seasoned veteran completing 14-25 passes for 118 yards and rushing for another 19. He connected with his receivers all night - Jake Bruce ( 5 catches for 43 yards), Thomas Barnett (5-31) and Christian Jetton (3-51).
Defensively, the Admirals were led by Nick Henningson with 11 tackles, Ryan Glittenkamp with 10 and Taylor Hunt with 7.
The majority of the scoring came from senior kicker Jonathan King who completed 2 PATs and 3 field goals from 27, 36, and 42.
A late 50 yard TD run by senior running back Jackson Fain capped off a 137 yard night for the senior back.
Next week, the Admirals hope to continue the momentum as they take on the West Rebels for Homecoming.
Farragut fans — if you can’t make it to the game then be sure to join the Voice of the Admirals, Erik Gerhardt, on WFIV 105.3 FM. Pre-game coverage typically starts at 7 pm. We caught up with Erik as he was preparing for the upcoming broadcast season:
What do you think about the line-up of opponents this season?
District 4 AAA is in my opinion, like Region 2 5A before it, one of the most competitive in the state. Throw in the likes of Dobyns-Bennett, Oak Ridge and McMinn Co. for your non-district opponents and Farragut’s schedule has to be considered among the most challenging in Tennessee. I love having the opportunity to broadcast such an exciting regular season schedule. Of course, many schools have gone the opposite direction with their non-district contests looking to capitalize on the obvious flaws in this system the TSSAA has imposed. Beyond my own broadcasting interests, though, I believe most times the team will be better served in the long run – the reward outweighing the risk – for having played a more competitive schedule.
What are the key games?
I could easily make the case that they’re all key games, especially considering the competitive nature of the schedule which makes a slip-up against a supposed inferior opponent all the more difficult to overcome. Most people probably wouldn’t have pointed to the Lenoir City game last year, but that outcome resulted in Farragut — ridiculously — having to travel half way across the state for the 1st round of the playoffs. Had the Admirals defeated the Panthers, they would have hosted Blackman in the opening round (the same ridiculous 1st round pairing — the 2 runners-up from the state’s 2 toughest districts — but at least more to Farragut’s favor). From a traditional standpoint, certainly Bearden and Oak Ridge jump out as key games. Owning the head-to-head over West the last 2 seasons has given Farragut the nod for 2nd place in District 4AAA (not that it’s been at all helpful where post season positioning has been concerned), and I expect West will again have a strong, athletic team that will be near the top of the heap. There’s also Catholic and William Blount, the district opener and the regular season finale. Those games are big because of where they fall on the schedule and, additionally, because I expect both to be much improved. Of course, any team aspiring to win District 4 is going to have to knock off Maryville, so that one’s always very important.
Reflections on the program and its history?
Farragut has had some very good teams over the years, many of those in recent years. I will always remember with special fondness the 1981 team because I was at such an impressionable age (6th grade) and Farragut had such an outstanding season. I hope today’s players appreciate the opportunity they have to make that type of impression on younger kids. It’s the kind of thing Coach Courtney consistently emphasizes. I also hope the Farragut community recognizes how extremely fortunate it is to have a coach that knows the program’s history — because he’s lived it (34th season at FHS coming up) — but is in no way given to nostalgia. Coach Courtney’s focus is solely on this team, its next opponent, and ultimately helping these players mature and achieve something special. From a broadcaster’s perspective, I couldn’t ask for a more accomodating coach with which to work. I’m stating the obvious here, but it speaks volumes that his name graces PrepXtra’s Courage Award. While the playing surface at Farragut appropriately bears Coach Bill Clabo’s name, given the stadium reconstruction in 2008 which he largely oversaw, it seems only fitting that Coach Eddie Courtney’s name, sooner rather than later, become the official stadium title.
I’m just looking forward to another entertaining season. I wish the Admirals the best of health and the best of luck in 2012.