The weather report put the odds of lightning and severe thunderstorms at 50%; however, there was a 100% chance that Malik Foreman (WR) and Devaun Swafford (RB)would strike for Dobyns-Bennett (DB) last Friday night in Kingsport.
After a three-and-out on Farragut’s first possession of the game, Foreman returned a Jonathan King punt 75 yards for a DB touchdown. On the Indian’s first offensive series, quarterback Chris Cook found Foreman on a 50-yard touchdown route. Swafford rushed for two additional TDs in the second quarter, in addition to a Cook TD scramble. As everything was clicking for DB, the Admirals struggled to find a first-half rhythm, managing only one first down on a 34 yard downfield pass from Bryan Phillips to Jake Bruce. It looked like the Admirals would get on the board in the 2nd quarter. After a Phillips’ pass intended for WR Thomas Barnett fell incomplete, the Admrials were forced to attempt a field goal. The 34 yard kick by Jonathan King sailed left.
Half-time brought heavy rains to J. Fred Johnson Stadium followed by a very uncommon experience for Farragut football – the “mercy rule” – a continuous running time clock to start the second half of play. But after the rain washed away the first half statistics, the Admirals regrouped and continued to battle. Quarterback Phillips threw a perfect 28-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Barnett. Next, the Ads defense bucked up and stopped the Indian offense. Farragut carried the momentum back onto offense – with several key blocks, Jackson Fain got around the corner of the defense and raced 25 yards for a score.
Defensively, Farragut was lead by Ryan Glintenkamp, Nick Henningson and Christian Jetton with 8, 7 and 6 total tackles respectively.
Despite the disappointing opening loss to an excellent opponent, there were bright spots for the Ads: Jonathan King’s punts drew “ahhhs“ from the crowd and Thomas Barnett’s 3 kickoff returns for 96 total yards were effective. Now the team goes back to work, studying film and practicing hard. Expect the Admirals to improve every week as they compete against one of the toughest schedules in Tennessee 6A football!
Next up: The season’s home opener brings the Oak Ridge Wildcats to Bill Clabo Field on Friday. Kick-off 7:30 pm. Go Ads!Tweet