GAME AND SERIES FACTS
Game time: Friday, November 13th – 7:00 pm
Location: Farragut High School
Last meeting – Farragut beat Rhea Co. 39-9 in 1998.
- 2015 Records: Rhea Co. 8-3 Farragut 10-1
- Farragut and Rhea County have met only 7 times on the football field and Farragut leads the series 4-3.
- The last game where Farragut and Rhea Co. met in 1998, Farragut set several single game defensive records including: most forced turnovers(8), most individual interceptions(3 by Spencer Boyer), and longest fumble return(98 yards by Hunter Rigsby), all lead to a 39-9 Farragut victory.
- The Admirals and the Eagles played home and home series in ’97 & ’98, ’93 & ’94, ’83 & ’84.
- In 1981 Farragut and Rhea Co. met in the 3A state semifinals, where Rhea Co. beat Farragut 16-7.
- The region champion Admirals won their 1st round game against Cleveland 50-20 which was the first playoff win for Farragut since 2010. Rhea Co. beat Campbell Co. 35-0 in their round 1 game. Rhea Co. advanced to the state semifinals last year before losing in that game.
- Coach: Eddie Courtney (139-88, 20th season)
- Offense: Spread Option
- Defense: 3-4
- Farragut returns 10 starters from last season, 5 on offense and 5 on defense.
- Key Players: QB Jacob Naumoff (5-11, 190, Sr.) commands the offense after throwing for 1,773 yards and 20 TDs in 11 games. Also back is leading rusher Tanner Thomas (5-10, 190, Sr.), who rushed for 1,469 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, and rushed 1,854 yards and 26 TDs in the regular season. Thomas should get some running room thanks to an offensive line that includes seniors Clay Jolley (6-2, 225), Ian Fornton (5-11, 271), and Ambrose Bechtel (6-2, 210). TE/DE Cole Strange (6-5, 252, Sr.) is a force to be reckoned with on defense, as is senior LB/TE Tanner Mengel(6-0, 218, Sr. ) who leads the team with 114 tackles this season. The Admirals have one the area’s best kickers in Carter Phillipy (5-10, 160, Sr.), who is perfect on XPs(48/48) and on Kickoffs has 52 touchback on 55 attempts, and Punter Joe Doyle (6-0, 165, Jr.), who is averaging 41.2 yards per punt(Long of 61) and has dropped 12 inside the opponents’ 20 yard line.
RHEA COUNTY OUTLOOK
- Coach: Mark Pemberton (31-6, third season; 190-77 overall)
- Offense: Wing T
- Defense: 3-3 Stack
- Rhea County returns 13 starters from last season, 6 on offense and 7 on defense.
- Key Players: Senior QB Daniel Dotson will enter the 2015 season with more experience under his belt than other quarterback in the area. In his junior season, Dotson led the Eagles to victory over teams including Cookeville, Soddy Daisy, Ooltewah, East Hamilton and Oak Ridge to name a few. Junior WB Cody Bice rushed for 92.3 yards per game for a total 1100 yards his sophomore season with an 8.4 yards per rush average. Look for Bice to expand those numbers as he takes a more predominant role in 2015. Senior WB Dylan Smith played a key role in the Eagles’ 2014 success. Smith will see a lot more carries this year and is poised to be a key contributor on offense. Senior WR Noel Patterson, known to bring the Eagle faithful to their feet with his electrifying returns. With 1138 all-purpose yards last year, Patterson remains a quick, elusive threat every time he touches the ball. Junior FB Mason Stephenson scored 9 touchdowns with an 8.3 yards per carry average his sophomore year and is poised to be the workhorse of the Eagle offense. Junior TE Jared Edwards, standing at 6’ 4” and weighing 260 pounds, is not to be overlooked. Edwards was responsible for key touchdown receptions against Oak Ridge and Knox-West in state playoffs.