A strong finishing kick

Anderson’s 2-point conversion kick follows Grelyn’s TD run in OT, as Farragut Youth Football 10-U team wins Knox Metro Youth League title

  • Alan Sloan Nathan Jacobs (21), Farragut Youth Football 10-U player, gives a helmet salute to a fantastic Knox Metro Youth Football League championship game finish, won by his team 8-7 in overtime against top-seed Catholic Thursday night, Nov. 12, at the John Tarleton Football complex. Also among those celebrating is teammate Tate Sweet (81). Anderson Glover’s 2-point conversion kick followed a 2-yard touchdown run by teammate Grelyn Gordon to make the difference.

KNOXVILLE — There was no hesitation from the Farragut Youth Football 10-U coaching staff: the Knox Metro Youth Football League title would be on the foot of Anderson Glover.

And head coach Jason Martin’s team ended up getting a kick out of going for two, though a miss would have meant defeat.

Anderson came through under pressure, carefully approaching the ball and hitting the 20-yard kick flush — with the help of long-snapper Bode Benevicz and holder William Scott — nailing the 2-point attempt to give FYF an 8-7 overtime win against top-seed Catholic Thursday night, Nov. 12, at the John Tarleton Football complex.

“We didn’t hesitate one bit,” Martin said. “Robbie (Jacobs, offensive coordinator) and I looked at each other, and we said, ‘kick it. Let’s win it.’

“Before the game he probably kicked 20 or 25, and was nailing just about every one of them.”

A 2-yard scoring run by Grelyn Gordon cut Catholic’s overtime lead to 7-6.

“The game overall was a fight, it was a battle back and forth,” Martin said, as the FYF defense had to contend with a quick Catholic offensive backfield featuring a quarterback who could step up in the pocket and throw accurately.

“The defense played outstanding the whole game,” Martin said. “A total team effort.”

Key plays in the secondary for FYF included a late fourth-quarter pass break-up by defensive back Jaksen Hargis that, otherwise, would likely have been a long game-winning TD throw.

Preston Acheson also had a key interception for the champs.

FYF ends its season 9-1.

Other FYF players contributing: Brenton Haag, Asher Phillips, Cade Fugate, Hayes Sharp, Maddux Martin, Eli Pickard, Carter Beard, Nicholas Stewart, Will Keener, Nathan Harvey, Caleb Floyd, Brody Kulisek, Nathan Jacobs, Logan Wright, Nate Shilling, Brendan Kutz, Reed Holmes, Max Hilton, Camden Cross, Rock Munyan, Luke Brown, Chase Cantrell, Jeremiah Wilson and Tate Sweet.