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Cooper Hardin, Farragut senior linebacker, runs down South-Doyle running back Elijah Young during Class 5A state semifinal action at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Friday night, Nov. 25. Admirals 45

Cherokees 14

As a way to reward Farragut High School football’s historic moment last Friday night, head coach Eddie Courtney appealed to every Admirals football fan who lives within 100 miles of Cookeville.

“Let’s make it a home game,” Courtney said during the team’s post-game huddle in reference to supporting the program’s first football state championship game. The Ads face defending state champ Independence [14-0] in the Class 5A state showdown. Opening kickoff is 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 2, at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

Farragut earned its way with a 45-14 state semifinal win versus South-Doyle Nov. 25 at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field. The Ads improve to 13-1.

Looking ahead to next Friday was Brandon Guidish, Farragut senior defensive end who was a prominent force in numerous short-yardage and minus-yardage stops plus sacks. “We really want to take it all this year,” Guidish said.
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FHS girls’ ‘good effort’ ends 1 of 3

Farragut sophomore Sydney Chapman drives to the basket against an Ensworth defender during FHS Thanksgiv-ing Classic Friday evening, Nov. 25, in Lynn E. Sexton Gym-nasium. The visiting Tigers won with a late rally, 53-49, as the Admirals ended 1-2 during the four-day, 11-team showcase. A blowout win, an “encouraging” close loss and a blowout loss to powerful Morristown West summed up Farragut girls basketball’s effort hosting 11-team FHS Thanksgiving Classic.

Starting out with a 60-37 win versus South-Doyle, behind 17 points from sophomore Morgan Carbaugh, Monday, Nov. 21, FHS faced undefeated Division II-AA Ensworth Friday night, Nov. 25.

Late turnovers converted into points allowed the Tigers to stay unbeaten [4-0], rallying from an 8-point fourth period deficit to clip the Admirals 53-49.

“You hate to say moral victory, we don’t believe in that, but we were really excited about the effort that we gave,” said FHS head coach Jason Mayfield, whose team started the week 3-2.

Trailing most of the first half and 24-19 at the break, “We went on a really good run for a solid two quarters,” he added. “Played really good defense, took care of the ball for the most part.”
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Hawks 2nd at tourney after dramatic turn versus Powell

Hawk senior Hunter Huff drives to the basket versus Powell. Hawks 61

Panthers 64

KNOXVILLE — When you’re taken behind the woodshed, as the old saying goes, to open the basketball season, it’s encouraging to push that same team to the wire less than two weeks later.

Hardin Valley Academy boys, a 41-point loser at Powell Nov. 15, pushed PHS to the limit, losing 64-61, during 26th Annual Central Bobcats Thanksgiving tourney title game Saturday night, Nov. 26.

“I’m just really proud of the guys’ efforts. … They’re really playing as a team. Two weeks ago, in game one, it was a 41-point loss at Powell. And to turn around and have a 3-point game right here, in a championship environment, is a big step for a lot of our guys who have little varsity experience,” Shane Chambers, HVA head coach, said. “We never gave up. It was a game to the very end.”
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HVA girls win 2 at Central

Hawks 53

Roadrunners 43

KNOXVILLE — Two big factors helped Hardin Valley Academy girls start strong during 26th Annual Central Bobcats Thanksgiving Tournament.

Against Carter, “Our experience came into play ... and we had balanced scoring,” said Jennifer Galloway, girls basketball head coach whose Hawks [5-1 starting the week], won 52-43 Tuesday, Nov. 22, en route to a third-place finish in the eight-team tourney.

Symphony Buxton, senior post, led HVA in scoring with 14. Abbey Cornelius had 12 and Lizzie Davis and Bekah Hampton 10 each.

Hardin Valley defeated Austin-East 53-43 Saturday, Nov. 26. Buxton scored 11, Cornelius 10.
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