Both Farragut Middle School football teams were able to secure late leads against West, and then hang on to stay at or near the top of the Knox area Middle School-Aged Conference football standings.
While running its perfect record to 5-0 and stay atop the MAC seventh-grade standings, Dustin Bolen’s Admirals beat West 14-6 Thursday evening, Sept. 17, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.
While firing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Moses Burnette, on fourth down, to add an insurance TD late in the fourth quarter, FMS quarterback Gage Kirky has bounced back quite well from a cruel form of adversity. “He’s the one that was diagnosed, a couple of years back, with a brain tumor,” Bolen, head coach, said about Gage. “That kid, he puts forth all the effort he can.”
Ethan Farhat’s 3-yard run on fourth-and-goal early in the fourth quarter broke a scoreless tie. Ryan McCue added a two-point conversion kick.
Eighth-grade Ads win
Following an impressive early defensive stand after West returned a fumble to the FMS 14, the eighth-grade Admirals improved to 3-1 with a 26-22 victory Thursday night at FHS.
“Our defense stepped up big,” FMS eighth-grade head coach D Smith said. “They had some big backs, but we came out and made some big stops when we needed to.
“Our offense came out and made plays when we needed to.”
A 42-yard Jaylen Pompey run set up quarterback Jayden Neal’s 12-yard scoring scamper. Ryan McCue’s two-point conversion kick made it 8-0 with 3:13 left in the opening quarter.
Jayden’s 15-yard scoring strike to Jaylen increased the lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter.
A 65-yard Admirals drive, highlighted by Jayden’s 28-yard pass to Collins, an 18-yard toss to Kent Carbaugh and a 25-yard pass to Jaylen set up Vincent Blum’s 4-yard TD run late in the first half to make it 20-8.
A 35-yard pass to Dominic VanAcker set up a second-half Admirals scoring chance.
While West’s powerful running game kept the visitors close, Farragut’s defense set up a key TD in the final two minutes.
The FMS defense held West deep in its own territory. And thanks to a bad snap, the home team took over at the West 5 late.Vincent’s 5-yard run made it 26-16 with only 1:57 to play.