MAC-daddy start: Farragut sweeps Bearden

7th grade Ads 2-0, pull away thanks to big pass plays

Randon Miller (blue jersey), a Farragut MAC junior varsity receiver, battles a Bearden defender for a long pass.
A couple of passes into the flat turned into a pair of huge second-half insurance touchdowns, as Farragut’s Middle School-Aged Conference junior varsity (seventh grade) football team beat a rival and improved to 2-0.

Bearden fell victim to these younger Admirals 28-6 Thursday evening, Aug. 15, on Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field.

“Defensively we held strong,” Farragut head coach Blake Kilpatrick said. “Harrison Kilpatrick, I think, probably had the most tackles tonight.”

Building on a 12-6 halftime lead, Farragut quarterback Brady Sheppard passed to Sam Bobich on the right side — Sam used a stiff-arm to shed a tackler and go 24 yards for a touchdown.

After a two-point conversion kick by Dane Skinner it was 20-6 FMS with 3:45 left in the third quarter.

A 25-yard punt return by Jaylen Pompey gave Farragut the ball at the Bearden 44 to begin that 56-yard TD march.

These seventh-grade Admirals iced the issue with a 44-yard touchdown pass. Brady found Dominic VanAcker in the flat, who broke a tackle then outran the Bearden secondary to make it 26-6 in the fourth quarter. Dane’s second conversion kick, with Jonathan Higdon holding, accounted for the final points of the game.

“Coach (Randy) Miller is the offensive mastermind,” Kilpatrick said. “He’s got an offensive play lined up for every defensive situation.”

Trailing 6-0 early, Farragut answered with first-half touchdowns by Vincent Blum (run) and Landon Collins (pass reception).

Farragut 40 Karns 0

“In that game we had at least five different players score,” Kilpatrick said about the team’s MAC season opening rout at Karns High School Thursday evening, Aug. 15. “We’ve got threats from multiple running backs and multiple receivers.

“Jayden Neal played well in that game,” he added. “And Vincent Blum.

“Actually, Jaylen Pompey, he was a standout. … He accounted for over half the offensive yards in that game. He’s a treat running the ball and catching the ball.”

In fact, “If everybody had Jaylen’s energy, we wouldn’t lose a battle on any snap out here,” Kilpatrick said.

Next up for both the seventh-grade and varsity Farragut MAC teams is a visit from Hardin Valley tonight (Thursday, Aug. 22).

Opening kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. for the JVs (varsity follows).