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12 Admirals earn All-Region 1-6A honors

The 2017 Admirals had yet another successful campaign.  Although it did not achieve it’s ultimate goal of a second straight State Championship, the team still garnered many accomplishments in route to a 9-3 season.  The Admirals were ranked in the AP Top 5 in Class 6A for eight straight weeks while riding a 19-game winning streak dating back to last season, the longest in school history.  The Admirals finished the season as the Region 1-6A runner-ups with wins over Morristown West, Jeff County, Science Hill, and Bearden, earning a home playoff game against Cleveland.  The Admirals also had impressive non-region wins over Bradley Central and Oak Ridge, both Quarterfinalists in their respective classifications.  The 2017 senior class will graduate as the winningest class in program history with 33 wins to only 6 losses in addition to the 2015 Region Championship and 2016 5A State Championship.  Due to the cumulative efforts by many players, certain individuals were recognized on the All-Region 1-6A team.

Braden Collins – Athlete of the Year – Braden led all receivers in 1-6A with his 793 receiving yards and 57 receptions.  He caught 8 passes for 200 yards versus Kingsport D-B and later tied his own school record with 13 receptions against Hardin Valley.

The Farragut offensive line stands tall against Science Hill on 9/29. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Jonathan Buchanan – OL Jonathan finished his Admiral career having started all 27 games the last two seasons.  Jonathan consistently graded out as one of the top performers each week on the Offensive Line.

Cade Burkey returns a fumble against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Cade Burkey – LB  Cade led all tacklers in 1-6A with 136 tackles on the season.  He finishes his Admiral career 3rd all-time in career total tackles with 334.

Drew Butler tackles the McMinn running back on 8/25. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz, CRFOTO.com

 

Drew Butler – LB  Drew finished second in 1-6A with 135 total tackles and 13 tackles for loss.  Drew ends his outstanding career as the all-time leading tackler with 433 total stops.

Isaiah Gibbs stretches out for the touchdown against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Isaiah Gibbs – RB  Isaiah led the Admirals with 1,283 yards from scrimmage and was fourth in 1-6A in rushing.  Gibbs also accumulated 248 yards in returns as he returns in 2018 for his senior season.

Neyland Harmon recovers a fumble against West on 9/22. PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Neyland Harmon – OLB Neyland was fourth for the Admirals’ defense with 79 total stops.  Other highlights include a 4-yard rushing TD to help seal the victory over Bearden.  Neyland returns in 2018 for his senior season.

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

Caleb Kuhn – DE  Caleb finished second in 1-6A with 9.0 sacks on the year.  He also led the team with 15.0 tackles for loss, and was third on the team with 90 total stops.  He will return in 2018 for his senior season.

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

Wyatt Lucas – DB  Wyatt led all defenders in 1-6A with 6 interceptions on the year.  He nabbed 2 interceptions to go along with 130 all-purpose yards in the win over Bearden.  Wyatt returns in 2018 for his senior season.

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

Andrew Maxey – OL Andrew completed his Admiral career having started all 39 games the last three seasons at Left Tackle.  He graded out with the highest performance grade for OL on multiple occasions.

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

Jacob Warren – TE  Jacob finished the year second in 1-6A in receiving yards with 659 yards.  His eight TD receptions led all receivers in the region.  His best performance was four-TD night to help defeat Bradley Central in the season opener.

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

Gavin Wilkinson – QB Gavin finished second in 1-6A with 2,130 passing yards and was first with 17 TD passes.  He had three 300-yard plus performances versus Mo-West, D-B, and Hardin Valley.  He returns in 2018 for his junior season.

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

Alex Williams – Scholar Athlete Alex finished 2017 with 66 total stops, 8 tackles for loss, and 3 INT’s.  His work in the classroom was impeccable as he narrowly bested several other of his classmates with the team’s highest GPA of 4.37 over his high school career.

The 2018 Admirals are already hard at work to carry on the success that has been laid before them and much will be expected.  The Admirals will return five players that garnered All-Region honors in addition to many others looking to build off their success in 2017.  The Admirals will carry a 14-game home winning streak into the 2018 home opener against Bradley Central on August 17th.  The rising senior class will look to extend the Admirals’ on-field success and compete for another championship next fall.

Admirals Fall to Maryville to End 2017 Season

MARYVILLE — Maryville football has been so dominant against East Tennessee playoff teams in the 21st century, it rarely has won by less than a double-digit margin — almost all have been blowouts with many outcomes decided by halftime.

Though far less dominant, Farragut’s program entered last Friday’s Class 6A playoff second-round showdown against the mighty Red Rebels with its own single-digit success: not losing by more than eight points the past three seasons — defeated just five times since 2014.

Perhaps an early hit set the tone for Maryville’s continuing blowout success against East Tennessee foes.

Jacob Warren catches a long pass against Maryville on 11/10 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

An apparent first-down reception early in the game by talented FHS senior tight-end Jacob Warren, a Tennessee commitment, was jarred loose on a vicious hit.

Maryville [11-1] didn’t punt in the first half, making things look easy on both sides of the ball — and special teams — with 38 first-half points.  The Red Rebels also turned back the Admirals’ one good first-half drive with an interception.  It ended as a 38-6 Maryville victory Nov. 10 at MHS’ Jim Renfro Field.  Farragut’s season concludes 9-3.

Andrew Williams catches a long pass against Maryville on 11/10 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

A 52-yard bomb from junior Jake Evans, Admirals back-up quarterback, to senior receiver Andrew Williams set up Farragut’s only points by placing FHS at the Rebels 1. Devin Yarborough, senior running back, scored on the next play with just 1:31 left in the game.

About Maryville, Williams said, “They executed their offense well and they executed their defense really well, and that’s just what it takes to win.”

Nnamdi McSwine, senior defensive end, said the Red Rebels “are a hard team to beat. They’re well-coached, they don’t give up much. They don’t jump off-sides or anything.”

Eddie Courtney, Admirals skipper, labeled the game “disappointing,” adding, “I know we’re a better football team than what we showed tonight.

“… We didn’t help ourselves out early.  At the end we tried to make some things happen and have some fun out there.”

However, “You’ve got to give Maryville credit, playing on all cylinders tonight and executing real well,” Courtney said.

McSwine and Williams were among the Admirals seniors who reflected on the their careers at FHS.

Jackson Powers, offensive tackle, said, “Overall we went 33-6 over the past three years, and I think that’s pretty good.

“Overall, I think me and my team have built friendships and a bond, and it’s beyond what you can get in any other sport.

“I’m never, ever going to lose what I made on and off the field with my brothers,” Powers added. “Coach Courtney and the other [coaches] have helped me grow as a person.  I’ve really matured through the team.

“I’m really thankful for everything that I’ve been given over the past four years.”

Jonathan Buchanan, offensive guard, said, “I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  The coaches here are incredible.  It’s been an honor to play with them.

“It’s been a great career,” he added.

McSwine said, “The past three years have been amazing.  All of these guys here are my brothers.  I wouldn’t ask for a better team to play for.  I want to say, ‘good luck’ to the guys for next year.”

Williams, also a defensive back, said, “It was a great time.  We got to win a lot of games and play with my brothers.  It was fun.”

“We’ve had a good run this year,” Courtney said. “… I know this senior group has had a lot of success the last three years [including the Class 5A state championship in 2016].

“I know they’re going to be successful young men,” he added. “In the next five to 10 years, people are going to see another chapter in their lives about how successful they’ll be.

“I love these guys. I appreciate their effort.”

Ads beat Cleveland 42-28, Advance to 2nd Round

Farragut High School’s football team trailed most of the night before earning the right to advance to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Ads had their hands full with a tough Cleveland squad — while also facing a little self-inflicted adversity.

Jacob Warren catches a pass against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Farragut had to overcome four turnovers and a fourth-quarter deficit to notch a 42-28 victory over the Blue Raiders Friday night, Nov. 3, at Bill Clabo Field.

The Admirals [9-2] finally took the lead when senior tight end Jacob Warren hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Gavin Wilkinson with 2:06 remaining in the contest to make the score 34-28.

Gavin Wilkinson throws a pass against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Freshman kicker Daniel Bethel added the fifth of his six extra points to give FHS a 35-28 lead.

“That’s a play that we always have in our back pocket,” said Warren, who had eight receptions for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns, about Wilkinson’s roll right and throw left pass. “We just have to execute it.

“It’s just a matter of going out there and executing. See the ball, go get it. Focus.”

The Blue Raiders, No. 3 seed in Region 2-6A, finish the 2017 season with an 8-3 record.

Isaiah Gibbs stretches out for the touchdown against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

“We knew that Cleveland was a good football team and we knew that we were going to have to score points,” Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney said. “[Coach Scott] Cummings has a done a great job with them offensively and they really believe in what they do on defense — and we knew that.”

The Admirals, who struggled all night, controlled the fourth quarter. After Warren gave Farragut the lead for good, it would add insurance when Isaiah Gibbs scored from seven yards out with just under a minute to play to make the score 42-28.

Cade Burkey returns a fumble against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

The game’s final touchdown was set up when senior linebacker Cade Burkey recovered a Cleveland fumble and rumbled to the 7-yard line.

It was Burkey’s second recovery of the game.

Cade Burkey recovers a fumble against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

He closed the first half by scooping up a Blue Raider turnover and appeared to score a go-ahead touchdown but was ruled down by contact as the play was whistled dead.

Burkey, however, wasn’t complaining after the game.

“The best thing about a good team is that they always find a way to make plays,” he said. “We have good linebackers and when one of us is having a bad day, the other two will step up and pick the other one up.

“I’m really happy. Hat’s off to Jacob Warren for making catches that I just didn’t think we’re possible,” he added.

The final play made things even more special for Farragut. Max Travis, a senior, picked off a pass from Cleveland’s Kellye Cawood in the end zone as time expired.

Travis was slated to be Farragut’s starting quarterback but he was injured twice, dashing those hopes. But he made some big plays on defense against Cleveland.

“It felt great to get that interception,” Travis said. “It was a long time coming and it felt great.

“You don’t get to play with your brothers for 11 weeks and it’s great to finally go out there and play.”

“I’m proud for Max and I’m proud for our team,” Courtney said. “He was supposed to be our starting quarterback and he broke his hand. Then, he had an upper arm injury. But he was consistent and he stayed around. So we wanted to give him a chance to play.”

The night got off to a bad start for the Ads. Cleveland’s big play offense scored first when Cawood connected with Romeo Wykle on a 94-yard scoring strike midway through the opening frame.

The Ads answered when Warren made a spectacular catch in the end zone, making it 7-7.

Cleveland regained the lead later in the quarter on a 75-yard touchdown scamper by Keegan Jones.

Caleb Kuhn records a sack against Cleveland on 11/3 PHOTO CREDIT: Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen, CRFOTO.com

Injured in the third quarter, Jones rushed for 230 yards. He also would score on a 90-yard run before being hurt, giving the Blue Raiders a 21-14 lead early in the third stanza.

Farragut scored the only points in the second stanza on a touchdown run by Gibbs.

Josh Moses scored his third touchdown of the season to make 21-21 before Cleveland scored one final time.

Gibbs made it 28-28 with 8:08 left in the game.

“At the end of the day, we just didn’t have enough to get it done,” said Cummings, a graduate of West High who led his alma mater to a Class 5A state championship in 2014. “We just didn’t execute.

“… Hats off to Farragut. They’re a great team.”

The Admirals will travel to Maryville in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

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 Falls to Hardin Valley, 37-36

Despite throwing 4 interceptions in the first half and trailing by 22 at halftime, the Admirals roared back to to score with 1:20 left on the clock to take their first lead of the game, 36-29. The Hawks, though, would drive down the field and score from 38 yards out with 8.2 seconds left on the clock to put the score at 36-35. Hardin Valley decided to go for 2 and were successful and won the game 37-36.

The Admirals will host Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs on November 3rd.

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 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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