Back to high school football!

  • FHS student section not only is 100-percent toga, but 100 percent facemask to help prevent COVID-19

  • Getting way off the ground with enthusiasm is Madison Crateau of HVA dance team

  • Dance team members, from left, are Ella Macready, Kelsee Hartman and Sydney Elam

  • Emerson Keene, senior cheerleader

  • Keeping dry, from left, are cheerleaders Emerson Keeney, Elli Kohlmyer, Shelby Faulkner, and Makenzi Dougherty

  • Eric Meyers, Hardin Valley Academy Defensive coordinator, tries to figure out how to slow down the Oak Ridge offense

  • Admirals head coach Eddie Courtney, during pre-game festivities

  • With cart driver Rob Speas, HVA principal, are Mike Wise, freshman principal, and, in back, Wise’s son, Beau

  • Officer Couch, Knox County Sheriffs Office School Division, alongside a fan

  • Lauren Hawkins, FHS trainer, talks to an FHS player

  • Erianna Summerville, Hardin Valley Academy dance team member, goes high into the air for a “toe-touch” to fire up the home crowd Friday evening, Aug 21, at HVA.

  • Going head-over-heels to create enthusiasm is Emma Kate Wrather of HVA dance team

A rain delay of more than one hour added extra challenges to what was already faced by Farragut High School and Hardin Valley Academy administrators, teachers, cheering students, band members, coaches and football players last Friday night, Aug. 21.

However, the FHS Class of 2021 successfully carried on an opening football home game tradition among seniors — Toga Night — in Eddie Courtney Stadium/Bill Clabo Field, while the atmosphere at HVA proved to be high-flying — despite the rain.

Though wearing facemasks, the FHS Toga troopers still made lots of noise cheering the Admirals as they faced visiting Bradley Central.

And for the 15th time in 16 all-time meetings between these programs, Farragut came away victorious, rallying in the fourth quarter to win 25-21.

Hawks Country wasn’t as successful translating pre-game energy into on-the-field success, as visiting Oak Ridge rolled to a dominant victory.

FHS photos courtesy of Carlos Reveiz/ , HVA photos courtesy of Jeremy Wiggs/Jeremy Wiggs Photography