West outscores Ads despite Thomas

Farragut running back Tanner Thomas, 1, finds daylight in the West Rebel defense during play Friday, Sept. 19, on Bill Clabo Field in Farragut. Friday night was a time for offensive fireworks at Bill Clabo Field as West and Farragut combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense. It was an old fashioned shootout and when the dust had settled it was the Rebels who left FHS with a 49-30 District 4-AAA victory.

Despite the loss, Admirals’ head coach Eddie Courtney found some positives.

“Our offense grew up tonight and now they’ve got some confidence going into the bye week,” Courtney said. “We had some penalties that killed us. We had three holding penalties and two of those forced touchdowns to be called back.

“I think our offense played well outside of the three holding penalties.”

Farragut junior quarterback Jacob Naumoff had his best outing of the 2014 season as he passed for 324 yards and a touchdown against West, which lost in the 2013 Class 5A championship game last season.
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Lady Hawks bounce back strong after first ’14 loss

Hewitt hat trick leads the way versus West

HVA’s Taylor Bishop (10) battles Maryville’s Abbie Anderson. Paige Hewitt dominated the pitch at Hardin Valley Academy with special scoring punch last Thursday.

The sophomore forward recorded a three-goal “hat trick,” as Hardin Valley Academy rebounded strong from its first loss of 2014 by defeating West 4-1 Sept. 18.

With Hewitt also winning praise from HVA head coach Mike McLean, “I’d say it’s the best game she’s played at Hardin Valley,” said McLean, whose team improved to 7-1-2 overall, 4-1 in District 4-AAA, after last Thursday’s win.

“I felt it was a good win coming off our first loss of the year,” McLean added.

Hardin Valley bounced back from a 2-0 home loss against 4-AAA power Maryville Tuesday, Sept. 16, which improved the Lady Red Rebels’ record to 10-0-2.
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Lady Ads cruise in 4-AAA shutout

Farragut's Alicia Fuller, left, fires a shot against the Lady Govs. Farragut High School’s girls soccer team had to answer a late wake-up call to record a District 4-AAA victory Thursday, Sept. 18. It took 30 minutes for the Lady Admirals to find their shooting touch.

But once Farragut’s attack clicked into gear, the Lady Ads had little trouble in a 9-0 victory over William Blount at Farragut Soccer Stadium.

The Lady Admirals (5-4-2 overall, 2-1-1 in District 4-AAA starting the week) peppered William Blount senior goalkeeper Marian Budnar with 19 shots before halftime but couldn’t score until the 30th minute. That was when Lady Ads’ freshman midfielder/forward Emilie Guigou tallied the game’s first marker. Guigou’s goal was the first of five in the final 10-plus minutes of the opening half — all by Farragut freshmen.

“We got some shots early but we were shooting them right at [Budnar],” FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay said.
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Hawks’ tough defense stops No. 1 Maryville most of 1st half in 16-3 loss

Isaac Aguero, Hardin Valley junior strong safety (5), is among HVA defenders also including senior defensive tackle Garrett Curtis, right, gang tackling a Maryville ballcarrier. The Hawks led most of the first half before falling to the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 6A Red Rebels 16-3 Friday evening, Sept. 19, at HVA. Rarely do the losing team’s fans cheer louder at the end of a game than the winning team’s fans.

It was all about fan respect for Hardin Valley Academy’s effort, especially defensively, against nationally ranked perennial Class 6A football power Maryville, winner of three state titles the past four seasons.

Actually leading the state’s top-ranked Red Rebels 3-0 until the final seconds of the first half, on a 35-yard field goal by Alan Grigsby minutes into the game, the Hawks eventually lost 16-3 at HVA Friday evening, Sept. 19.

“I think it’s been a long time since they’ve been held to 16 points,” Garrett Curtis, senior defensive tackle/offensive lineman who helped disrupt the MHS offense, said. “It’s not a moral victory, but we kind of look at this as building for us because we had an intensity that we felt, if we keep on using it, we can do some special stuff.”
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Panthers add salt to Bearden wounds

LENOIR CITY — Turnovers proved to be the undoing for Bearden High School’s football team Friday night. The Bulldogs had three interceptions and lost four fumbles in a 23-13 loss to LCHS in a District 4-AAA tilt Sept. 19.

For the third consecutive week, the Bulldogs (0-5 overall, 0-2 in 4-AAA) darted out to an early lead when Bryson Ford returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown.

Bearden, however, couldn’t maintain its advantage. BHS head coach Morgan Shinlever was disappointed by the turnovers that led to his team’s fifth consecutive loss, but he found plenty of positives.

“We moved the ball as needed but we have to eliminate those turnovers,” Shinlever said. “That’s kind of been our M.O. all year and the No. 1 stat when it comes to wins and losses is turnovers.
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