GAME AND SERIES FACTS
Game time: Friday, August 25th – 7:30pm
Location: McMinn County High School
Last meeting – 2016, Farragut beat McMinn 40-21 in the 1st Round.
- 2017 Records: McMinn Co. 1-0 Farragut 1-0
- The Admirals and Cherokees have faced each other on the gridiron 16 times, with the Admirals leading the series 13-3.
- The most recent meeting being in 2016 in the first round of the playoffs, where the Admirals beat McMinn 40-21.
- The Admirals and the Cherokees were both members of Region 2-5A from 1993-1996 and 2001-2008. The Cherokees won games in 2001, 2003, and 2007. The Admirals won the only previous playoff meeting between to the two schools, 17-7, in 2008.
- Farragut and McMinn first met in 1993, and the Admirals won 40-25.
- McMinn’s first victory over Farragut came in 2001, winning 27-0 over the Admirals.
- Largest Series Win for McMinn: 2001 (27-0)
- Largest Series Win for Farragut: 2005 (31-0)
- Coach: Eddie Courtney (153-90, 22nd season)
- Offense: Spread Option
- Defense: 3-4
- Farragut returns 14 starters from last season, 7 on offense and 7 on defense.
- Key Players: Three Division I prospects give Farragut’s football team one of the state’s top receiving corps.
Junior Max Travis (6-0, 170 pounds) fills in for senior Max Travis, as he recovers from a hand injury. Evans was 12 for 29 with 210 yards and 4 TDs in week 1 against Bradley. Last week, the 6’6″, 220-pound Warren caught 5 passes for 117 yards and four touchdowns. He’s rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and is the nation’s No. 29 tight end and No. 19 prospect in Tennessee. Senior Braden Collins (6-1, 195) and junior Jaden Gibbs (6-3, 185) are Farragut’s other Division I receiver prospects. Collins caught a school-record 68 passes for 1,242 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. The Admiral backfield will be led by a duo of running backs, juniors Isaiah Gibbs (5-9, 160) and Kyle Carter(5-10, 190), who look to replace the the production of stable of backs that rushed for over 2,500 yards and nearly 40 TDs. Up front, the Admirals return 3 of 5 offensive linemen, seniors Andrew Maxey (6-1, 250), Jonathan Buchanan (6-0, 225), and Jackson Powers (6-2, 220). Defensively, Farragut returns its two leading tacklers from 2016, seniors Drew Butler (6-1, 210) and Cade Burkey (5-11, 185). In the secondary, you will find familiar faces, senior Braden Collins (6-1, 195), senior Griffen Swicegood (6-1, 175), and junior Isaiah Gibbs (5-9, 160). Up front, the Admirals return senior Nnamdi McSwine (6-3, 230), and junior Keenan TerHark (5’11, 255).
McMINN COUNTY OUTLOOK
- Coach: Bo Cagle (62-47, 11th season)
- Offense: Wing-T
- Defense: 4-3
- The Cherokees return 10 starters, 6 on offense and 4 on defense.
- Outlook: There’s no question the team’s strength is the offensive line. The Cherokees will have five seniors up front, four of them returning starters. McMinn is replacing all four defensive line starters and most of the secondary from 2016. Senior QB Bradley Hayes (5-10, 180) will be a three-year starter and is in his second year directing McMinn’s wing-T offense. Cagle expects that nearly a third of those will play, particularly in the DL rotation. A couple who’ll at least fill in on the OL are Bryce Goodner (6-3, 240) and Garrett Priest (5-6, 240). “Goodner is raw but he has the body for it, and Priest -— they’ve called him Stump his whole life — is a pine knot,” Cagle said. Hayes is the only returning offensive skill-position starter. “Obviously we changed offenses last year, but he’s comfortable with the offense and he has improved,” Cagle said. As for RBs, it’s likely that transfer Jalen Sharp (5-8, 210) is going into the FB spot and could be joined by Cam Johnson (5-9, 180) and Tabre Abernathy (6-0, 175). They’ll be operating behind a veteran line: OTs James Millsaps (6-3, 215) and Tommy Trotter (6-3, 315), OGs Mason Bortle (5-10, 260) and Kyle Jackson (5-10, 215) and C Scott Swafford (5-8, 220).Cagle expects Martin Pierce (5-8, 250) to be a defensive standout. “You can’t block him. He can smell a trap,” the coach said. “We’ll be creative with him because he can run and he’s a great tackler. He’s a physical and mental player; does it all.”