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Sad ending, special careers

Maryville jumps way ahead early, cruises past Ads in 6A 2nd round

Junior defensive back Wyatt Lucas, left making a hit, and senior linebacker Drew Bulter, hitting from behind, try to stimulate Farragut’s defense while bringing down Maryville receiver A.J. Davis. Senior defensive back Max Travis, left, is ready to assist.
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.

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.

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Irish rip Fulton 44-14

KNOXVILLE — When Fulton eliminated Knoxville Catholic High School from the playoffs in 2016, it hit Joe Fluker particularly hard — and he wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again this season.

Fluker, a senior running back and defensive back, certainly did his part to help the Irish exact a little revenge in a 44-14 victory Friday night, Nov. 10, in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs before a packed house at KCHS’s Blaine Stadium.

“They beat us here and they ended our season,” Fluker said after rushing for 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “I got hurt in this game last year and I wanted to make an impact.

“It feels pretty good getting a win like this tonight, and I really knew that we were going to take control when I scored my first touchdown.”

Fluker scored the game’s first touchdown on a one-yard plunge to give the Irish a 6-0 lead with 7 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Fulton then blocked Paxton Robertson’s extra point attempt in a play that might have swung the momentum in the Falcons’ favor.

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