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Early Signing Period Sees 2 Admirals Sign

Jacob Warren and Braden Collins sign with Tennessee and Appalachian State, respectively, during the Early Signing Period for the class of 2018.

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 was the Early National Signing Period for the Class of 2018.  The Admirals saw two of their own commit to play at different institutions.

TE/DE Jacob Warren signed to play at the University of Tennessee  in Knoxville, TN.  Jacob chose Tennessee over 11 other Power 5 schools, including Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, and more.  Jacob, a two year starter for the Admirals played a vital role in the team’s success, starting at tight end and playing defensive end when called upon.  For his career Jacob caught 70 passes for 1,156 yards and 17 touchdowns.  Jacob played a vital role in the 2016 State Championship run.  Jacob’s career finds himself on several records boards at Farragut, including; 8th in season receiving yards (659), 6th in career receiving yards (1,156), tied for 2nd in career receiving touchdown (17), and 11th in season receptions (39).


WR/DB Braden Collins signed with Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  Braden chose Appalachian State over Army, Air Force, Furman, Indiana, and many other schools.  Braden started at both wide receiver and defensive back for the Admirals.  In his career at wide receiver he caught 126 passes for 2,056 yards with 23 TDs.  Those accomplishments rank 2nd, 2nd, and 1st respectively in the program’s history.  A vital part of the 2016 State Championship run, Braden set school records for receptions (68),  receiving yards (1,242), and receiving touchdowns (16).  Braden also set several individual game records while at Farragut; most pass receptions (13) vs Ooltewah  in 2016  & Hardin Valley in 2017 and most receiving touchdowns (4) vs Ooltewah  ’16.

Stay tuned to Farragut Football on twitter and website, as there will be several more players sign with their respective schools in the next signing period, starting on February 7th, 2018.

Admirals Tame The Bulldogs, Beat Bearden 31-14

Friday night’s matchup marked the 58th all-time meeting with annual rival Bearden, dating back to 1949.  It also marked Coach Courtney’s 250th game on the sidelines as head coach for the Admirals.

Wyatt Lucas intercepts a ball against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

The first quarter got underway and following a quick drive and Farragut punt, Bulldogs saw their first possession end with a Wyatt Lucas interception.  The Admirals, however, couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity and punted away again into Bearden territory.  The Bulldogs found a rhythm on offense, but their drive ended with a missed 24-yard FG.

Cade Burkey recovers a fumble against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

On the ensuing possession, the Admirals again went three-and-out and punted.  This time the Bulldog returner couldn’t handle the kick and a Cade Burkey recovery setup the Farragut offense at their own 45.  After a 6-yard completion to Jacob Warren on 1st down, RB Isaiah Gibbs darted 49 yards around right end to the end zone to put the Admirals on the board first, 7-0 with 9:14 left in the first.

After a Bearden three-and-out, and a 56-yard Wyatt Lucas punt return, the Admirals started from the Bearden 11-yard line.  The Admirals could only muster one yard in three plays and Farragut settled for a 27-yard Daniel Bethel field goal that made it 10-0, Farragut, with 5:49 left in the 1st.  The kick was the freshman’s first field goal conversion in his career on only his second attempt for the season.

Alec Keathley and Neyland Harmon tackle the runner against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

The Bulldogs would find their stride though, embarking on an 11-play, 80 TD drive that was capped off by a 15-yard TD pass.  Farragut’s offense started possession and after picking up two first downs, had to punt the ball away to Bearden.  The Bulldogs wasted little time moving the ball to the Admirals’ 25-yard line, but Wyatt Lucas ended the threat with his second interception of the first half.  The Admirals carried a 10-7 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The Admiral defense would come up big yet again on the first drive of the second half.  Senior LB Drew Butler stepped in front of the Bearden receiver forcing a deflection that landed right in the hands of fellow senior DB Griffen Swicegood.   Swicegood’s first INT of the season and seventh of his career setup the Admirals offense at Bearden’s 34-yard line.  The ensuing 6-play drive was capped off by a 4-yard Neyland Harmon touchdown run, extending the Admiral lead to 17-7 with 8:45 left in the 3rd.  The Bulldogs would answer again though, via a 12-play touchdown drive that made it 17-14 with 3:12 left in the 3rd.

Alex Williams sacks the quarterback against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

On the ensuing drive, a Gavin Wilkinson to Braden Collins touchdown connection for 22 yards capped off a 10  play, 82 yard drive that put the Admirals ahead 23-14 with :29 left in the 3rd quarter.  RB Isaiah Gibbs would carry the ball on runs of 21, 10, and 17 yards to lead the Admirals on their touchdown drive.

On the following drive for the Bulldogs, Neyland Harmon’s tackle for loss on first down, an incompletion on second down, and Alex Williams’ sack on third down forced a Bulldogs’ punt on 4th and 20 from their own 17-yard line.

Isaiah Gibbs catches a pass against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

The Farragut offense setup shop at their own 44-yard line, this time it only took 7 plays for the Admirals to find the end zone.  The drive started with WR Tanner Corum’s 16-yard catch and run into Bearden territory.  RB Isaiah Gibbs carried for 7 and 16 yards on back to back carries.  Following a misfire in the end zone and a sack, the Admirals found themselves facing 3rd-and-20.  Wilkinson would connect with Collins for 14 yards to set up the Admirals final touchdown.  Facing 4th-down-and-6, Gavin Wilkinson would hit Isaiah Gibbs for a 12-yard touchdown catch to extend the Admirals’ lead.  With 8:41 left to play, Farragut led 29-14.

Caleb Kuhn sacks the quarterback against Bearden on 10/13 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen,

Senior LB Cade Burkey would sack the Bearden QB to end the following Bearden drive. After another quick drive by the offense and Griffen Swicegood punt, the Bulldogs had to play from their own 2-yard line.  Senior DE Nnamdi McSwine would force a holding penalty in the end zone resulting in a safety.  The Ads would conclude the scoring for the night and hang on to beat Bearden 31-14.

The Admirals improve to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in region play.  The Admirals will have a week off next week, which is a much welcomed by the players and coaches.  The Admirals will be back in action on Thursday night, October 26th, at Hardin Valley.

A special thanks to Carlos Reveiz and Ashley Wathen of CRFOTO for the action shots from the game.  Be sure to checkout 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 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,

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,

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,

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,

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 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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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 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