Fulton, S-Doyle, Cleveland, Beech new for FHS f’ball

Mark Interstate 81 off your 2021 Farragut High School varsity football travel route, with the Admirals schedule next fall having much more of Knoxville flavor — South-Doyle and Fulton added — with a trip to Middle Tennessee tentatively set to kick things off in August.

Set to play in the newly formed Region 2-6A, Farragut joins Maryville, Bradley Central and Cleveland as new region foes, while traditional region rivals Hardin Valley Academy and Bearden also join 2-6A.

Gone are trips northeast of Knox County, as former Region 1-6A FHS rivals Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Johnson City Science Hill, Jefferson County and Morristown West are joined by newcomer William Blount in the new 1-6A starting next fall.

“I kind of liked where we were at; going to Science Hill and going to D-B were good places to play,” Ads skipper Eddie Courtney said about his former region rivals.

With the exception of Cleveland, however, Farragut is plenty familiar with each of its new region foes, having played Bradley Central and Maryville as non-region opponents 11 times (including playoffs) since 2017.

Though some games haven’t become official with a signed contract, “We’re supposed to open up with (Hendersonville) Beech at Beech,” Courtney said about this Class 5A state semifinalist last season, and a program with state titles in 2012 and 2009.

2021 FHS varsity football tentative schedule

At Beech Aug. 20; Knoxville West (home) Aug. 27; *Maryville (home) Sept. 3; Oak Ridge (home) Sept. 10; *at Cleveland Sept. 17; at South-Doyle Sept. 24; *at Hardin Valley Oct. 1; Bye Oct. 8; *Bradley Central (home) Oct. 15; at Fulton Oct. 22; *Bearden (home) Oct. 29.

*Denotes Region 2-6A games