The Irish received the opening kickoff, but were held three-and-out. Farragut gained possession at the 36 yard line after a Thomas Barnett punt return, and ensued the first of many long and successful drives to the Catholic end zone. The score was 7-0 Admirals after a Bryan Phillips 10 yard TD pass to Christian Jetton. Catholic went on the offensive at the 20 after Jonathan King booted Farragut’s first kickoff out of the back of the end zone.
The Irish double-wing offense remained stagnant, and they were once again forced to punt the ball away. Farragut glided down field behind a hulking offensive line anchored by seniors Brett Dockery and Justin Mowery. Phillips connected with Jake Bruce on a 6-yard touchdown toss to make the score 14-0 Admirals.
Catholic began the ensuing drive with a little more swagger in their step. Nolan
Coulture and the Irish drove the ball 80 yards to get on the scoreboard, 14-7. Despite a 69 yard kick return by Thomas Barnett, Phillips and the Ads
were unable to return the favor and the drive ended with a finesse pooch punt to the #17.
Capitalizing on the swing in momentum, the Irish drove the ball 74 yards to knot it up 14-14 after a Nolan Coulter touchdown. Not to be outdone, the Admirals began the last drive of the 1st half on their 43 yard line thanks to Barnett’s return and some effective lead blockers. Phillips and Fain yet again led a drive to pay dirt and capped it off with a touchdown pass to #4 Billy Williams. As the result of another King touchback kickoff, the field was too long for an Irish answer and the half ended.
Farragut began the second half on their own 20 yard line, and drove the ball 80 yards with a balanced offensive attack. Phillips ended the drive by tossing his 4th touchdown of the game to Thomas Barnett making the score 27 – 14 Admirals.
Both teams traded punts on the 3 following drives, until Farragut was able to put it out of reach early in the fourth quarter. Farragut drove to the Catholic 4 yard line, where the surgical passer Phillips changed things up and ran for a touchdown, putting a hush over the Catholic fan base, as the score was 34-14 Ads. Phillips was 15/21 for 207 yards on the day.
The Irish were able to drive the ball 80 yards for Logan Lacey’s second TD rush of the day, but it was too little too late. The teams traded punts until Farragut was able to run the clock out making the final FHS 34 – KCHS 21.
Next week the Admirals return home to battle McMinn County who is currently ranked 8th in the state for 6A. Kickoff is at 7:30.Tweet