Roy Stone has been building a “faith then football” approach with his Farragut Youth Football eighth-grade MAC team this season.
With just one game remaining — a trip to Alcoa Thursday night, Oct. 7, to play for the Eighth-Grade MAC championship — the blessings and the victories have been plenty.
“The biggest thing about this team: we implant God first,” said Stone, whose team has a 7-1 record (only loss to top seed Alcoa). “Football victories are great, but I think the Lord puts coaches in position to where they should be mentors, leaders and set a great example.”
Most recently, these mini Admirals enjoyed a second victory against rival Bearden in 2021, this time in the MAC semifinals at Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field Thursday, Sept. 30.
Led by quarterback Gage Kirby’s three touchdown passes — two to Ethan Farhat, one covering roughly 40 yards — No. 2 seed Farragut beat No. 3 seed Bearden 20-8.
Gage’s other TD toss went to Britton Lewis.
“I’m pleased the way we came out in the second half. ... We dominated the second half on offense and defense,” the FYF Admirals skipper said.
“I think the most important thing about this team is, of the 43 or 44 players we have, not a one of them has quit,” Stone added. “A lot of them don’t get to play that much, but it speaks well about being teammates — they put the team in front of themselves as far as playing time — and they love being at practice and helping us get better.
“This team really cares about each other, loves each other.”
Having beaten the Mini Bulldogs convincingly at Bearden High School’s Bill Young Field during the regular season, “They have gotten a lot better,” Stone said of his opponent.