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Farragut Blanks Oak Ridge, 41-0

The Admirals did something Friday night that hadn’t been done since 1993, hold Oak Ridge scoreless.  Farragut broke the 298-game streak that the Wildcats had compiled without a shutout.

The Wildcats returned the opening kickoff to their own forty yard line to begin their first series on offense.

Alex Williams recovers a fumble against Oak Ridge on 9/8. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

A promising eight-play drive for the Wildcats ended as Drew Butler forced a fumble at the Admirals’ 15-yard line, and recovered by Alex Williams.  The Admiral offense took the field, but were forced to punt after a sack on third down.  Farragut’s defense would force a three-and-out on their next series, and a 23-yard punt return by Isaiah Gibbs gave the Admirals the ball at their own 37-yard line.

Kyle Carter carries for a touchdown against Oak Ridge on 9/8. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Isaiah would strike again, taking the first play for a 35-yard burst into Wildcat territory.  Three plays later, Kyle Carter would sprint 19 yards for a TD run on third-and-1.  Farragut led Oak Ridge 7-0 with 4:54 left in the 1st quarter.

The Admirals and Wildcats traded punts to begin the second quarter, before the Admiral offense would begin to impose their will.  Starting from their own 20, the Admirals marched 67 yards in 14 plays but failed to convert on 4th-and-1 on the Wildcats’ 13-yard line.  Farragut’s defense would stand tough again, forcing a Wildcat punt.

Braden Collins catches a pass against Oak Ridge on 9/8. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals’ offense took over from their own 19-yard line with 3 timeouts and 1:05 on the clock before halftime.  Gavin Wilkinson passed 15 yards to Braden Collins, twice to Jaden Gibbs covering 14 yards, and then hit Collins again for 38 yards to get the Admirals in the red zone.  Gibbs was called on again and drew a pass interference penalty to move the ball down to the Wildcats’ 7-yard line.  Wilkinson would connect with Collins again, this time for a 7-yard TD in the corner of the end zone.

A Wyatt Lucas interception ended the half with the Admirals up 14-0 over the Wildcats at halftime.

Farragut opened the 2nd half receiving the Oak Ridge kickoff, and a 22-yard return by Kyle Carter set the Admirals up at their own 28-yard line.  On third down, Wilkinson would connect with Collins again.  This time for a 70-yard catch and run, down to the Wildcats’ 1-yard line.  Isaiah Gibbs would punch it in on the next play, boosting the Admirals’ lead to 21-0 with 10:44 left in the third quarter.

The Wildcats would march into the red zone on their ensuing possession, but a fumble recovery by defensive end Caleb Kuhn would thwart the drive with 8:05 left in the quarter.

The Admirals’ offense then marched 85 yards on 17 plays, capped off by Kyle Carter’s 7-yard TD run.  The Admirals would have many contributors on the scoring drive.  A sequence of tough runs by both Carter and Gibbs along with two, 3rd-down receptions by Jaden Gibbs would fuel the drive.  The big play in the series was a 19-yard reception by Andrew Williams after the offense had been backed up by a holding penalty.  Carter would then carry for 17 yards up the middle on 3rd-and-2 to set up his own scoring run.  The Admirals would take a 28-0 lead over the Wildcats going into the 4th quarter.

The Wildcats would again put together a good offensive drive that would threaten inside the Farragut 35, but this time Devin Yarborough would step in front of a pass and tack on a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown.  Farragut led 35-0 with 8:45 left in the game.

Devin Yarborough returns an interception 70 yard for a touchdown against Oak Ridge on 9/8. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

On the next series, the Admiral defense remained stout, forcing another 3-and-out.  The Admiral offense would start at their own 36-yard line with a running clock and less than 6 minutes to play. The 8-play drive would finish with a 17-yard TD pass from Jake Evans to Alec Keathley, his first touchdown reception of his career.  As the final horn sounded, the Admirals had avenged their lone loss from 2016 in a big way, with a resounding 41-0 victory against Oak Ridge.

 

The Admirals will travel to Dandrige next Friday night to take on the Jefferson County Patriots.  This will be the first meeting since a 1st round playoff matchup in 2007, and only the second meeting since 2000.  The Admirals will look to improve to 2-0 in the region next Friday night against Jeff County.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz and Ashley Wathen of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game.  Be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com every week for a full photo gallery from Friday’s game.  See a photo you like?  They are also available for purchase directly from his website.  Click here for this week’s photos.

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Farragut Slips By Bradley in OT, 27-21

In 1995, it took seven overtimes for the Admirals to beat Bradley Central, this year it would only take one.

Jacob Warren catches his first TD pass of the night against Bradley 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals received the opening kickoff and marched down the field on a 5-play, 54 yard drive that was capped off by a 45-yard Jake Evans to Jacob Warren touchdown pass.

On the ensuing Bradley possession, an Alex Williams interception and 35 yard return set the Admirals at the Bears’ 25 yard line.  This time it took only 3 plays for the Admirals to find the end zone, again via the Evans to Warren connection, this time for 22 yards.  Caleb Kuhn’s 9-yard sack on third down would force the Bears to punt on the next series.  The Admirals found themselves again deep in Bradley territory, but couldn’t convert on 3rd and 4, and a 28-yard field goal attempt missed wide left.  The Bears took over the ball at the 20 yard line, but after two first downs, a Kyle Carter sack forced a Bear punt and the end of the first stanza.  The first quarter ended with Farragut up 14-0 on Bradley Central.

Farragut and Bradley would trade processions to open the second quarter, but an Andrew Williams interception would end a Bear drive.

Nnhamdi McSwine tackles the Bradley runner on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Farragut’s ensuing drive never got going, and after a Griffen Swicegood punt, Bradley took over possession on their own 48-yard line.  Three plays later, a 25-yard touchdown pass put Bradley on the board with  :55 left until halftime.  Farragut took the lead into halftime, 14-7.

Bradley received the 2nd half kickoff,  but again would trade series with Farragut, both not seeing much doing offensively.  Bradley’s second possession of the third quarter was more successful.  The Bears march 62 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown, to tie the game at 14-14 with 5:54 left in the third quarter.

Bradley RB is tackled by a fleet of Admirals on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals took the ball and and moved down field on an 11-play 44 yard drive, but saw it cut short by an interception.  Bradley took over at their own 17-yard line, but after two first downs, failed to convert on a 3rd and 2 to keep the drive alive. The Bears punted away to begin the fourth quarter.

Farragut would take over from their own 20-yard line to start the fourth quarter, but an interception would kill the drive before it ever got going.  Bradley started in Farragut territory at the 37-yard line and punched it in 7 plays later from the 14-yard line to take their first lead of the game, 21-14 with 6:50 left to play.  The Admirals next drive was the highlight of the night.  After a penalty and a negative yardage play, the Ads found themselves in a 3rd and 23 situation.

Isaiah Gibbs answers a Farragut prayer on 3rd and 24 against Bradley on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Enter Isaiah Gibbs, the junior tailback caught a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage, juked, jived, and cutback across the field to out run several defenders to provide a 47-yard spark for the Admiral offense.  Four plays later, Jake Evans found Jacob Warren once again, this time from 26-yards out, to tie the game at 21-21 with 4:30 left in the game.  Following the ensuing kickoff, Farragut’s defense would force a quick punt, but Bradley would return the favor.  Swicegood punted the ball to Bradley where they would  begin the drive at their own 20-yard line.  After two long pass plays, the Admirals found themselves in a dangerous position, the Bears had driven to the Farragut 25 with less than a minute to go.

Drew Butler stops a threatening Bradley late in the 4th with an interception on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Senior LB Drew Butler would save the day though, intercepting a third down pass and allowing Admiral Nation to breathe a sigh of relief once again. In lieu of trying to go 92 yards to score in under :50 seconds, the Admirals opted for overtime.

After winning the toss, the Admirals elected to play defense first in overtime.  With the ball at the 10, the Bears were able to find the end zone on second down, but the play was called back due to an illegal shift.  After a holding penalty on third down, the Bears were forced into a 4th and Goal from the 24-yard line.  The Bears then had to make a decision on whether to kick the FG or go for it.

Wyatt Lucas intercepts Bradley in overtime on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The Bears initially ran the FG team onto the field, only to call a timeout moments before the snap.  They decided then to go for it.  Farragut’s defense came up with another big stop, this time a Wyatt Lucas interception in the end zone.  Farragut took over the ball at the 10, needing just a single point to win the game.

Jacob Warren dives in to the end zone on the game winning pass against Bradley in OT on 8/18. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

On 2nd down, for the fourth time of the evening, Jake Evans found Jacob Warren on a 12-yard pass to score, the duos fourth of the night, and propel the Admirals to a 27-21 victory over Bradley.  While it certainly wasn’t the 7-overtime thriller from 1995, it was certainly thrilling enough for Admiral Nation.

The Admirals begin the season 1-0 and will face a tough McMinn County team next week, a rematch from the 1st round of the 2016 playoffs.  Both teams look to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz and Ashley Wathen of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com every week for a full photo gallery from Friday’s game. See a photo you like? They are also available for purchase directly from his website. Click here for this week’s photos.

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Admirals place 16 to All-Region 3-5A Team

Admirals named to the All-Region 3-5A Team:

  • Eddie Courtney – Coach of the Year
  • Rusty Partin – Offensive Assistant of the Year
  • Jacob Warren – Tight End of the Year
  • Joe Doyle – Punter of the Year
  • Jonathan Buchanan – Offensive Line – Scholar Athlete
  • Alex Williams – Outside Linebacker – Scholar Athlete
  • Adam Fulton – Quarterback
  • Cooper Hardin – Running Back
  • Chance Bolen – Offensive Line
  • Andrew Maxey – Offensive Line
  • Braden Collins – Wide Receiver
  • Jaden Gibbs – Wide Receiver
  • Will Everett – Defensive Line
  • Cade Burkey – Linebacker
  • Drew Butler – Linebacker
  • Jack DeVault – Defensive Back

The Admirals Roll Against South Doyle, Win 63-26

By Dave Link of the Knoxville News Sentinel

Farragut High School’s offense is clicking at the right time.

Senior quarterback Adam Fulton threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a score as the Admirals beat visiting South-Doyle 63-26 in a non-region game Friday night.

Farragut beat Lenoir City 69-7 last Friday.

“We’ve been putting up big points,” Fulton said. “We always can. We can throw it deep, we can run on you, so it’s pretty good.”

Farragut (8-1) had 517 total yards against South-Doyle (4-5).

Adam Fulton bulldozes his way for an Admiral TD against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com
Adam Fulton bulldozes his way for an Admiral TD against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Fulton, who completed 14 of 22 passes for the game, threw two touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard run in the first half as Farragut took a 28-19 lead.

Grayson Utterback catches a 65 yard TD pass against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Grayson Utterback catches a 65 yard TD pass against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Fulton had scoring passes of 65 yards to Grayson Utterback and 6 yards to Braden Collins before halftime.

 

 

Braden Collins returns an interception all the way for an Admiral TD against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Braden Collins returns an interception all the way for an Admiral TD against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Collins scored on a 31-yard interception return of a Caleb Wender pass for Farragut’s other first-half touchdown.

After the interception, Wender completed his last nine passes of the half for 157 yards and three touchdowns.

Wender had scoring passes of 42 yards to Seandre Scott, a 63-yarder to Jake Harper, and an 11-yarder to Gus McAnally with 46 seconds left in the half that cut the deficit to nine.

Jaden Gibbs catches a long TD pass against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Jaden Gibbs catches a long TD pass against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Fulton threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Gibbs as Farragut took a 35-19 lead with 8:04 left in the third.
South-Doyle gained two first downs and punted.

Cooper Hardin rushes 55 yards for the Farragut TD on 10/21 against South Doyle. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Cooper Hardin rushes 55 yards for the Farragut TD on 10/21 against South Doyle. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Two plays later, the Admirals’ Cooper Hardin ran for a 55-yard touchdown and 42-19 lead.

South-Doyle’s A.J. Nunn threw an incomplete pass on a fake punt, and the Admirals started at the Cherokees’ 36.

On second down, Fulton threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Warren for a 49-19 lead.

“Our offense was clicking all night long,” Farragut coach Eddie Courtney said. “Defensively we just made some mistakes early.

Alex Williams makes a diving tackle against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Alex Williams makes a diving tackle against South Doyle on 10/21. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The second half we came out and played better like we’re capable of playing.”

South-Doyle’s Kent-Ta Tanner rushed for 142 yards on 26 carries, and Wender threw for 259 yards.

Dave Link is a freelance contributor.

The Admirals will host Clinton in the regular season finale at Bill Clabo Field next week. The Admirals will be paying close attention to the Campbell County vs. Oak Ridge game on Thursday night, as the Admirals need some help from the Cougars and to then  beat Clinton on Friday, to repeat as region 3-5A champions. The Dragons are 1-8 and are coming off a big loss at Heritage 35-0 and their only win of the season coming against Karns 29-26. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Bill Clabo Field on the 28th. Get to the stadium early as the seniors will be honored for Senior Night. To read more on this upcoming matchup CLICK HERE.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com every week for a full photo gallery from Friday’s game. See a photo you like? They are also available for purchase directly from his website. Click here for this week’s photos.

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Admirals outgun the Cougars, 38-28

 

By Patrick Givens, KNS-sports@knoxnews.com

JACKSBORO — After losing star wide receiver Davis Simmons to an injury against Bearden, the Farragut High School football team needed a playmaker to emerge.

Enter Braden Collins.

Braden Collins catches a pass over the middle against Campbell County on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Braden Collins catches a pass over the middle against Campbell County on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

Collins caught three first half touchdown passes and Cooper Hardin ran for two second half scores as the visiting Admirals (5-1, 2-1 in Region 3-5A) knocked off Campbell County 38-28 in a pivotal Region 3-5A contest.

“Our coaches talked about it since he got hurt,” said Collins. “We had to step up and make bigger plays for our team.”

Collins’ touchdowns covered 6, 28, and 42 yards. Farragut quarterback Adam Fulton completed 11 of 26 passes for 209 yards, with 119 going to Collins.
Hardin rushed for 112 of his 113 yards after the intermission.

Cooper Hardin breaks a long run against Campbell County on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Cooper Hardin breaks a long run against Campbell County on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

His two 7-yard touchdown runs turned a tie game at halftime into a 35-28 Farragut lead.

“I told them at halftime ‘You’ve got to be physical’,” said Farragut coach Eddie Courtney. “We’ve got to run the football to win games like this. That’s what we did.”

Joe Doyle’s 47-yard field goal with 9 minutes, 1 second left stretched the lead to 38-28.

“Our kicking coach Gerald Robinson gave me the yes that he could hit that one,” said Courtney.

“We just had confidence that he would.”

Quarterback Zach Rutherford, who was 27 of 41 for 382 yards, threw two touchdown passes for Campbell County (6-1, 2-1) and Elijah Phillips ran for two more. Max Farris hauled in 11 passes for 221 yards.

Jack DeVault intercepts a Campbell County pass on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
Jack DeVault intercepts a Campbell County pass on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

However, five turnovers, including two interceptions in the final 4:51, doomed the Cougars.

“It came down to about 3-5 plays,” said Campbell County coach Justin Price.

“We turned the ball over a couple times, and they didn’t. That’s usually the difference in the game when you’ve got two really good teams going at it.”

A fleet of Admirals tackle the Campbell County running back for a loss on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com
A fleet of Admirals tackle the Campbell County running back for a loss on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

The win was Farragut’s 15th in as many tries against Campbell County and keeps the Admirals’ hopes for a region championship alive.

“We have to do each week like we did tonight,” said Courtney. “In week 11, we’ll see where we’re at.”

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game. Be sure to checkout CRFOTO.com every week for a full photo gallery from Friday’s game. See a photo you like? They are also available for purchase directly from his website. Click here for this week’s photos.

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