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Courtney plans ‘simple’ approach at Bradley

With blocking up front from Adan Cabrera (73), Farragut sophomore offensive linemen, Isaiah Gibbs, FHS junior running back, takes the handoff from Gavin Wilkinson, sophomore quarterback, and looks for yardage against South-Doyle. The Admirals and Cherokees squared off during KOC Kick-Off Classic first quarter action Friday evening, Aug. 11, at West High School. Also looking to block is A’koiyea Johnson (60), Farragut sophomore lineman. The Admirals won 14-0.
Farragut High School football head coach Eddie Courtney knows the first game of any season is a voyage into the unknown.

“In the first game, you never really know what you’ve got but we’re going to keep it simple,” said Courtney, who will lead the Admirals into the 2017 opener Friday night, Aug. 18, at Bradley Central against a tough Bears squad. “We’re going to be a little conservative on offense and we’re going to be a little conservative on defense.

“We want our kids to just go out and play and we don’t want them to think about it,” he added.

Farragut, which went 14-1 and claimed the Class 5A state championship last season, the first in program history, won 12 consecutive games after losing to Region 3-5A champ Oak Ridge.

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Hardin Valley opens at Oak Ridge Friday

Hardin Valley Academy faced a tough test, perennial state power Fulton, during KOC Kick-Off Classic second quarter Friday evening, Aug. 11, at West High School. Helping keep the Falcons off the scoreboard, in what ended up a scoreless tie, were tacklers such as Luke DeFur (2), junior defensive back, and Travis Griffin (20), junior linebacker.
HARDIN VALLEY — When Hardin Valley Academy opens its 2017 football season it will face a tough test at Oak Ridge.

And that’s just how Hawks head coach Wes Jones likes it.

“They’re a good football team,” Jones said of the Wildcats. “We have to tighten up a few things, but we’re going to go to work and get ready for Oak Ridge.

“They have some great players and it’s going to be a great matchup. We have a tough non-region schedule and that will prepare us for our region schedule. We’ve spent the last years in that Super 32 [the previous Class 6A alignment] and that was tough for us. We had to schedule some non-region games where we could rest for a minute.”

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‘Big 3’ gone — can FHS volleyball stay strong?

For the last three years, Farragut High School’s volleyball team has been on the brink of winning a Class AAA state championship. The Lady Admirals have advanced to the title match every year since 2014 only to come up short against Brentwood.

Many of the players from those three teams have now moved on, but Farragut still has hopes of a fifth consecutive trip to Murfreesboro.

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Lady Hawks return key players from No. 3-in-state team

HARDIN VALLEY — Hardin Valley Academy’s volleyball team made its first-ever trip to the Class AAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro in 2016.

The Lady Hawks finished third and were eliminated by District 4-AAA rival Farragut. The HVA players make it no secret that they want to make a return to the midstate.

“Last year was the first time that we made it to the state and we’re trying to get back,” said Lady Hawks senior setter Alex Kirby. “We have a lot of our starters back and we’re doing a lot of the same things in practice that we did last year.”

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