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Farragut Falls to Dobyns-Bennett 42-34

Friday night at Dobyns-Bennett
PHOTO CREDIT: Ryan Siebe, @TheFHSprincipal

The Admirals traveled to Kingsport Friday night to take on the Indians of Dobyns- Bennett in a Region 1-6A matchup. The Indians came out strong scoring on their first possession on a 3 yard run. The Admirals couldn’t get anything going on offense and punted away to DB. The Indians would find the end zone on their next two drives, which made it 21-0 midway through the 2nd quarter.

PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admiral offense found some life and scored on a 1 yard Isaiah Gibbs run to make it 21-7 with 4:24 left in the 2nd. Dobyns-Bennett again found the end-zone, this time via a 29 yard TD pass, making it 28-7 with just 1:03 left to play before halftime.

Braden Collins catches a TD pass against Dobyns-Bennett on 10/6. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals responded by quickly driving the field and QB Gavin Wilkinson would find Braden Collins for a 34 yard TD pass. At half, the Indians led Farragut 28-14.

 

 

The Admirals received the opening kickoff of the 2nd half, but couldn’t convert on 3rd down and punted away.

Jacob Warren catches a pass against Dobyns-Bennett on 10/6. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Indians ran down the field and scored from 1 yard out on a fullback dive, putting the score at 35-14 with 8:58 left in the 3rd. The Farragut offense would find a spark on the ensuing drive, which was capped off by a 1 yard Isaiah Gibbs TD run. The Admirals trailed Dobyns-Bennett 35-21 with 5:52 to play in the 3rd.

Cade Burkey tackles the running back for a loss against Dobyns-Bennett on 10/6. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admiral defense forced the first DB punt of the night on the next drive and gave way to the Admiral offense. Gavin Wilkinson again found Braden Collins, this time from 32 yard out, for the Admiral TD. After a bad hold, the XP try was not converted, so the Indians led Farragut 35-27. After trading possessions, the Indian offense found themselves in a familiar spot, the end zone, this time courtesy an 11 yard run. The touchdown put the Indians ahead 42-27.

Gavin Wilkinson rolls out and looks to pass against Dobyns-Bennett on 10/6. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Farragut offense was not finished yet however, as Gavin Wilkinson would find Braden Collins on their third touchdown connection of the night, this time for 55 yards. The Admirals couldn’t convert an onside kick or get a stop on defense after the touchdown. The Admirals fell to Dobyns-Bennett 42-34, snapping a 19 game win streak, the longest in school history.

The Admirals return home next Friday to host region rival Bearden at Bill Clabo Field.

 

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 Runs by Science Hill, 35-27

 

Seniors line up for the coin toss on Senior Night against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Friday night was senior night at Bill Clabo Field, even though there is one home game left on the schedule.  With a win over Science Hill, the Admirals took a big leg up on the race for the Region 1-6A championship.  The Admirals also looked to answers some questions offensively, after managing just 89 yards and no points last week against West.

The Admirals won the toss and elected to defer the option to the second half.

A fumble on the opening kickoff is recovered by Farragut against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Farragut would start fast, forcing a fumble on the opening kickoff, and recovered by the Admirals’ Hunter Shopovick at the Hilltopper 9-yard line.

Jake Evans carries for the Admiral TD against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Three plays later, QB Jake Evans would keep and run it in from 8 yards out to give the Admirals a 7-0 lead just over a minute into the 1st quarter.

The Admiral defense came out strong against a Science Hill offense that was averaging 42.4 points per game coming into the contest.  After a Neyland Harmon and Keenan TerHark sack on 3rd and 5, special teams again would go the way of the Admirals.  A snap over the Science Hill punter’s head would allow the Admirals to take charge at the Hilltopper 37-yard line.

The Admirals offensive line pushes the Science Hill defensive line off the ball on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admiral ground game again came up big, marching 37 yards to the end zone, ending with a 5-yard Kyle Carter TD run that put the Admirals ahead 14-0 with 4:47 left to play in the 1st quarter.

The Admiral defense would take the field on their next series and forced a chance at a 4th-down stop from midfield.  Toppers’ QB Jaylan Adams would take the snap from under center, with the Admirals’ defense stopping the initial surge, Adams backed up and found a crease on the outside and carried for a 51-yard Topper touchdown and cut the Admirals’ lead in half, 14-7.

Isaiah Gibbs dives for the Admiral TD against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

On the Admirals’ next series, the offense would again march into the Toppers’ red zone covering 76 yards in eight plays.  An apparent Isaiah Gibbs TD run was nullified by a penalty and the Admirals were forced into a 4th and goal from the 24-yard line.  Jake Evans’ pass would fall incomplete in the back of the end zone.

Science Hill moved the ball across midfield but were forced to punt the ball away.  The QB Adams would take the snap on 4th-and-7 and attempt a quick kick that sailed off the side of his foot.  The play resulted in a 5-yard net punt and gave the Admirals the ball at their own 34-yard line.

Farragut would again march down the field thanks to their ground game with Gibbs and Carter ripping off yardage in big chunks.  Isaiah would find the end zone again, and this time the score would remain on the board.  The Admirals were up 21-7 with just over 2 minutes remaining before halftime.

Science Hill would capitalize on a big kickoff return into Farragut territory on their next possession.  The Toppers’ offense marched 38 yards in 7 plays to cut the lead again after a short TD run.  The extra point attempt was no good, and the Admirals found themselves with a 21-13 lead at halftime.

Farragut received the opening kickoff, but failed to convert on 3rd-down and punted away to the Hilltoppers.  Science Hill found success on their opening drive of the second half.  Adams’ found a receiver deep in Admirals’ territory on 3rd-down and long.  Admiral defenders Wyatt Lucas and Andrew Williams had good position on the play yet the talented Hilltopper was able to come down with the catch.  Science Hill would finish the drive and add a 2-point conversion to tie the game at 21-all with 6:41 to play in the 3rd quarter.

Farragut again punted the ball away on their next possession after picking up one first down.  Science Hill would march into field goal range before being stopped on third down.  The 42-yard attempt would sail wide right leaving the score tied at 21-21 nearing the close of the third quarter.

The Admirals would begin the possession the ball on their own 20-yard line.  Carter and Gibbs again would take command of the offense behind the strong play of the offensive line.

Kyle Carter carries for the Admiral TD against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The offense rushed for 76 yards on the drive, punctuated by Kyle Carter’s touchdown from 4 yards out to put Farragut ahead 28-21 with 9:27 left to play.

Science Hill retuned the ensuing kickoff to the Farragut 45-yard line where their offense took over with just over 9 minutes to play in the game.

Jacob Warren comes up with a big tackle for loss against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Hilltoppers found the end zone again after a 7-play drive.  A penalty on the scoring play would back the Toppers’ up on the extra point attempt, and the 35-yard try would again sail wide right leaving the score at 28-27 in favor of Farragut with 7:44 to play in the game.

Again, the powerful Farragut offense took over at their own 20-yard line, looking to put the game away with a long touchdown drive.  The Admiral offense did just that, embarking on a 13-play 80-yard touchdown drive that took 7:34 off the clock.

The Admirals offensive line clears the way against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The drive was capped off by Kyle Carter, who found the end zone for the third time on a 1-yard run that saw LB Drew Butler and RB Isaiah Gibbs clear the way for Carter’s score.  The Admirals would hold on to the to beat the Hilltoppers 35-27, in an important region 1-6A contest. The Farragut offense answered the call from last week’s disappointing performance, gaining 354 yards and 23 first downs, with 272 yards gained on the ground.

The Admirals travel to Kingsport next Friday to take on Dobyns-Bennett in another important region game.

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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 Sail Past Jefferson County, 33-6

Farragut won its’ 17th consecutive game on Friday night, breaking the school record for longest win streak set by coach Ken Sparks’ Admirals from 1977-1978.  Farragut tied that mark last week, riding a streak that spans into last season.

The Admirals came out with guns blazing, as Gavin Wilkinson connected with Jacob Warren for 46 yards and a touchdown on the third play from scrimmage.

Jacob Warren shoves a would be tackler en route to a touchdown against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals found themselves leading 6-0 with less than 40 seconds off the clock in the opening quarter. When the Admiral defense took the field, senior linebacker Drew Butler made a little history of his own.  On the third play of the series, Butler recorded his first tackle of the game, his 344th career tackle, and surpassed former Admiral Nick Reveiz as the all-time leader for career tackles in Farragut history.

The Admirals defense get a big stop against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The defense would go on to force a punt three plays later, and give the ball back to the Farragut offense.  Three big drops would plague the offense and the Admirals were forced to punt after picking up one first down.  The Admiral defense remained stout, forcing a three and out on the Patriots’ ensuing possession. The Patriots and Admirals then traded punts for almost the remainder of the first half.

Isaiah Gibbs carries for a touchdown against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals found a spark on offense late in the 2nd quarter, when a 57-yard run by Isaiah Gibbs got the Admirals inside the red zone. Gibbs would score three plays later on a 3-yard carry, which extended the Admiral lead to 12-0 with at halftime.

Jefferson County began the second half receiving the second half kickoff, and the Admiral defense came up big again.  After a couple of first downs by the Patriots’ run game, the interior of the defensive line would force a turnover on downs after a stop on 4th-and-1 near midfield.

Neyland Harmon records a sack against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals would not capitalize initially, as a Wilkinson pass would be intercepted on the first play of the series.  Neyland Harmon and Anthony Lawson would combine for a 10-yard sack on first down that would lead to another Jefferson County 3-and-out.

Braden Collins catches a pass against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals’ offense embarked on a 10-play, 53-yard drive, that was capped off by a 7-yard Wilkinson to Braden Collins touchdown pass.  Isaiah Gibbs’ conversion run would bump the Admirals’ lead to 20-0 with 3:03 left in the 3rd quarter.

After another 3-and-out by the Admiral defense, Farragut setup shop at their own 27-yard line.

Isaiah Gibbs carries for a touchdown against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Admirals’ would drive into Patriots’ territory with strong runs from Gibbs and Josh Moses, along with timely passing.  On the first play of the 4th quarter, Gibbs would cap off the drive scoring from 8 yards out.  With 7 seconds off the clock in the 4th, the Admirals lead the Patriots, 26-0.

Jake Evans carries for a long touchdown run against Jefferson County on 9/15. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

 

After another 4th down stop,  the Admirals took over at their own 36-yard line.  QB Jake Evans would keep the ball on first down and sprint 64 yards for the Admiral touchdown.  Dalton Halliburton’s try was good and Farragut had extended the lead to 33-0 with 9:27 left in the game.  The Admirals were looking for their second shutout in as many weeks, but a blocked punt would give the Patriots the ball at the Admirals’ 5-yard line.  The Patriots went on to score three plays later on a 5-yard run to close out the scoring.  When the final horn sounded, the Admirals had beaten the Patriots 33-6 and improved their record to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 1-6A.

With the 17th straight win, the Admirals broke a 40-year old school record for the longest win streak, set during the 1977-78 seasons when Ken Sparks roamed the Farragut sideline.

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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 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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Admirals Beat Morristown West 33-10

Thursday night was a special night at Bill Clabo Field, not only did the Admirals have their 2017 home opener and debut a new scoreboard, they also remembered five members of the Admiral family that were lost over the past offseason.  Coach Ken Sparks, Coach Lendon Welch, Teacher Charlotte Welch, Longtime Statistician Shannon Gossage, and Coach Buddy Fisher, who all played vital roles in Farragut Football’s history, were honored before kickoff on the new Jumbotron.

On the gridiron, the Admirals found themselves in unfamiliar territory by opening the game with the ball and punting, as opposed to scoring on the first drive of the game as they did at McMinn and Bradley.  Luckily, the Admiral defense locked in and forced a Morristown West punt on the ensuing drive, setting up Farragut with the ball at their own 19 yard line.

Andrew Williams catches a long touchdown pass against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

First time starter at QB Gavin Wilkinson, a sophomore, found Jacob Warren for a 28-yard pass reception, that setup a 51-yard touchdown pass from Wilkinson to Andrew Williams two plays later.  This put the Admirals on the board 6-0 with 5:59 left in the first quarter.  The Admiral defense stayed strong on the next drive, forcing a 3-and-out to set up the Admirals offense up at their own 45  yard line following the Trojans’ punt.

Tanner Corum catches a long pass against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

A 39-yard pass from Wilkinson to Tanner Corum, paved the way for a 2-yard Isaiah Gibbs touchdown run. The Admiral defense would again force a 3-and-out for the Trojans, and a 46-yard punt return by Isaiah Gibbs would give the ball to the Admiral offense on the 20 yard line going in.  First down would see a four yard loss on a sack, but a facemark penalty would replay the first down play.

Jaden Gibbs catches his first touchdown pass of the season against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Isaiah Gibbs carried for 5 yards.  Then, on second down, Wilkinson would find WR Jaden Gibbs for his first touchdown catch of the year.  At the end of the first quarter, the Admirals led 20-0.

The Trojan offense would find some life of its own, marching 80 yards on 11 plays, to punch it in from the 2-yard line on 4th down.  The Admiral offense found themselves way behind the sticks due to a 14-yard loss on a bad snap.  Farragut would punt the ball away, and Mo-West would take over on their 47 yard line.

The Admiral defense tackle a Mo-West runner on 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The Trojan drive would stall out, but left room for a 43-yard successful field goal try.  With  just two minutes left before halftime, the Admirals got into hurry-up mode to try and score before the horn sounded.  Unfortunately the drive stalled in the red zone, and the Admirals couldn’t connect on a 28-yard FG attempt.  At half, Farragut led 20-10.

Isaiah Gibbs returns an interception against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The second half proved to be all Farragut though, the defense set the tone early as it forced an interception on a tipped ball, as Isaiah Gibbs was able to catch the deflection and give the ball back to the Admirals.   Farragut would throw an interception of their own, but following a Trojan stop on 4th down, the Admirals would cash in on their ensuing drive.  It was the second touchdown connection from Wilkinson to Andrew Williams, this time for a 39-yard score.

Cade Burkey tackles a Mo-West rusher on 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

At the end of the third quarter, the Admirals led Mo-West 27-10.  The defense again showed their grit, as they forced a turnover on downs, as the Trojans could not convert on a fourth-and-one.  The Admirals would then embark on a 9-play drive that saw them get into the end zone on three separate occasions.  The first being a 64-yard TD run by Isaiah Gibbs, only to be negated by a holding penalty.

Jacob Warren catches a pass against Mo-West 8/31. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The next was a 60-yard TD pass from Wilkinson to Jacob Warren, but this time a block in the back behind the play wiped the score off the board.  The third time was a charm though, as a broken-play off a bad snap found QB Gavin Wilkinson scrambling around to eventually find Wyatt Lucas for the 28-yard TD catch.  This made the final score 33-10 in favor of the Admirals.  Farragut improves to 3-0 overall, earning their first region 1-6A win of the season.

Farragut will play host next Friday, as the Oak Ridge Wildcats come to Bill Clabo Field.  The Admirals will look to avenge a loss a year ago to the Wildcats, the only blemish on state championship run of 2016.

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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