KNOXVILLE — When it had to be done, Farragut’s offense marched 63 yards for the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter — with back-up talent stepping up — while the Ads’ defense forced critical mistakes at South-Doyle.
Led by senior Trace Corum’s three TD catches (including a 51-yarder; 114 yards on six catches) from senior quarterback Dawson Moore, the result was a 28-21 win against SDHS (4-2) Friday evening, Sept. 24.
Junior runningback Andrew Celeste scored from 4 yards out with 1:14 to play in the fourth quarter, breaking a 21-21 tie.
“We needed that,” Admirals skipper Eddie Courtney said. “These guys have done a great job each week practicing hard and giving great effort and energy, and it paid off.”
Also rushing 15 times for 65 yards, “Dawson was tough, as he’s been all year,” added the FHS coach, whose team improved to 2-4 overall.
When Moore was injured, backup quarterback Luke Johnson, a junior, completed four of five passes for 62 yards.
An interception from senior defensive back Sam Moses and fumble recoveries from Andrew Celeste and Garrett Vanacker helped seal the deal.
Leading tacklers against South-Doyle were Griffin Mashburn, eight (five solo); Jack Alley, eight (four solo); Brice Fontenot, seven (four solo); Corey Walker, six (five solo); Jay Smiley, six (five solo); Elijah Harmon, six (four solo); and Jerome Brekken, six (four solo).
Most recently facing Cherokees senior running back Shawn Gary, “These first six running backs we’ve faced (this season), they’ve all been pretty good,” Courtney said.
While converting all four of his extra points as a kicker, senior punter Reese Keeney (39-yard average on five punts) placed two inside the FHS 20.
Senior Zach Keasling had a 56-yard kickoff return.