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12 Admirals earn All-Region 1-6A honors

The 2017 Admirals had yet another successful campaign.  Although it did not achieve it’s ultimate goal of a second straight State Championship, the team still garnered many accomplishments in route to a 9-3 season.  The Admirals were ranked in the AP Top 5 in Class 6A for eight straight weeks while riding a 19-game winning streak dating back to last season, the longest in school history.  The Admirals finished the season as the Region 1-6A runner-ups with wins over Morristown West, Jeff County, Science Hill, and Bearden, earning a home playoff game against Cleveland.  The Admirals also had impressive non-region wins over Bradley Central and Oak Ridge, both Quarterfinalists in their respective classifications.  The 2017 senior class will graduate as the winningest class in program history with 33 wins to only 6 losses in addition to the 2015 Region Championship and 2016 5A State Championship.  Due to the cumulative efforts by many players, certain individuals were recognized on the All-Region 1-6A team.

Braden Collins – Athlete of the Year – Braden led all receivers in 1-6A with his 793 receiving yards and 57 receptions.  He caught 8 passes for 200 yards versus Kingsport D-B and later tied his own school record with 13 receptions against Hardin Valley.

The Farragut offensive line stands tall against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Jonathan Buchanan – OL Jonathan finished his Admiral career having started all 27 games the last two seasons.  Jonathan consistently graded out as one of the top performers each week on the Offensive Line.

Cade Burkey returns a fumble against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Cade Burkey – LB  Cade led all tacklers in 1-6A with 136 tackles on the season.  He finishes his Admiral career 3rd all-time in career total tackles with 334.

Drew Butler tackles the McMinn running back on 8/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz,


Drew Butler – LB  Drew finished second in 1-6A with 135 total tackles and 13 tackles for loss.  Drew ends his outstanding career as the all-time leading tackler with 433 total stops.

Isaiah Gibbs stretches out for the touchdown against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Isaiah Gibbs – RB  Isaiah led the Admirals with 1,283 yards from scrimmage and was fourth in 1-6A in rushing.  Gibbs also accumulated 248 yards in returns as he returns in 2018 for his senior season.

Neyland Harmon recovers a fumble against West on 9/22. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Neyland Harmon – OLB Neyland was fourth for the Admirals’ defense with 79 total stops.  Other highlights include a 4-yard rushing TD to help seal the victory over Bearden.  Neyland returns in 2018 for his senior season.

Caleb Kuhn sacks the quarterback against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Caleb Kuhn – DE  Caleb finished second in 1-6A with 9.0 sacks on the year.  He also led the team with 15.0 tackles for loss, and was third on the team with 90 total stops.  He will return in 2018 for his senior season.

Wyatt Lucas intercepts a ball against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Wyatt Lucas – DB  Wyatt led all defenders in 1-6A with 6 interceptions on the year.  He nabbed 2 interceptions to go along with 130 all-purpose yards in the win over Bearden.  Wyatt returns in 2018 for his senior season.

PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Andrew Maxey – OL Andrew completed his Admiral career having started all 39 games the last three seasons at Left Tackle.  He graded out with the highest performance grade for OL on multiple occasions.

Jacob Warren catches a pass against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Jacob Warren – TE  Jacob finished the year second in 1-6A in receiving yards with 659 yards.  His eight TD receptions led all receivers in the region.  His best performance was four-TD night to help defeat Bradley Central in the season opener.

Gavin Wilkinson rolls out and looks to pass against Dobyns-Bennett on 10/6. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Gavin Wilkinson – QB Gavin finished second in 1-6A with 2,130 passing yards and was first with 17 TD passes.  He had three 300-yard plus performances versus Mo-West, D-B, and Hardin Valley.  He returns in 2018 for his junior season.

PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Alex Williams – Scholar Athlete Alex finished 2017 with 66 total stops, 8 tackles for loss, and 3 INT’s.  His work in the classroom was impeccable as he narrowly bested several other of his classmates with the team’s highest GPA of 4.37 over his high school career.

The 2018 Admirals are already hard at work to carry on the success that has been laid before them and much will be expected.  The Admirals will return five players that garnered All-Region honors in addition to many others looking to build off their success in 2017.  The Admirals will carry a 14-game home winning streak into the 2018 home opener against Bradley Central on August 17th.  The rising senior class will look to extend the Admirals’ on-field success and compete for another championship next fall.

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.

Joe Doyle plays in Under Armour All-American Game on ESPN


Senior P/PK will participate in the 2017 edition of the Under Armour All-American Game on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.  The game

Photo courtesy of USA Today at, Sep. 15, 2016.

will be televised nationally on ESPN from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.  Joe becomes the second Admiral in as many years to be named as an Under Armour All-American.  Ben Hoffman participated in the 2016 edition of the national all-star game as a long-snapper before moving on to Eastern Kentucky.  Joe will represent the Admirals one final time and showcase his talents in front of many college recruiters.  Joe has recently received a scholarship offer from UNC-Charlotte to go along with many opportunities to come in as a preferred walk-on.  Joe will wear #12 for Team Highlight competing along with some of the best high school football players in America.  We wish Joe the best of luck as he represents the Admirals one final time before moving on to the college ranks.  Fans be sure to tune in to ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET and as always follow updates from Twitter at @FarragutFB and Facebook.

2017 Schedule is Complete

     The Admirals are moving back into class 6A football in 2017, a move that was finalized with the latest re-classification by the TSSAA for football.  Farragut is no stranger to top-level competition, as the Admirals have played every year, excluding the previous two seasons, in Tennessee’s highest classification for public schools.  With the move, the Admirals were slotted in Region 1-6A with Bearden, Dobyns-Bennett, Hardin Valley, Jefferson County, Morristown-West, and Science Hill.

While the schedule requires more travel for the Admirals, it does offer the opportunity to rekindle some old rivalries.  Morristown-West is the only program on the schedule that the Admirals have never played.  However, the Admirals and Trojans held an annual preseason scrimmage with each other for many years.  The non-region schedule will look familiar as the annual battles with Oak Ridge (5A) and West (5A) will continue, and the return of Bradley Central (6A) and McMinn County (6A) to open the season as team representing Region 2-6A.  The Admirals are excited to make the move up in competition as the reigning Class 5A State Champions, and know that much work is to be done to compete for championships again in 2017.

Week/Date:                         Opponent:                    Location:          2016 W/L:

Week 1, Aug. 18           Bradley Central                  Away                    (9-3)

Week 2, Aug. 25           McMinn County                Away                     (7-4)

Week 3, Sep. 1          * Morristown West              Home                   (10-3)

Week 4, Sep. 8                    Oak Ridge                        Home                    (8-3)

Week 5, Sep. 15       * Jefferson County                Away                    (3-8)

Week 6, Sep. 22                      West                              Home                    (4-6)

Week 7, Sep. 29              * Science Hill                     Home                    (8-4)

Week 8, Oct. 6           * Dobyns-Bennett                Away                    (6-6)

Week 9, Oct. 13                * Bearden                          Home                   (4-7)

Week 10, Oct. 20                      BYE

Week 11, Oct. 27         * Hardin Valley                   Away                    (9-4)

*Denotes Region Game

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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.