MAC-daddy start: Farragut sweeps Bearden

7th grade Ads 2-0, pull away thanks to big pass plays

Randon Miller (blue jersey), a Farragut MAC junior varsity receiver, battles a Bearden defender for a long pass.
A couple of passes into the flat turned into a pair of huge second-half insurance touchdowns, as Farragut’s Middle School-Aged Conference junior varsity (seventh grade) football team beat a rival and improved to 2-0.

Bearden fell victim to these younger Admirals 28-6 Thursday evening, Aug. 15, on Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field.

“Defensively we held strong,” Farragut head coach Blake Kilpatrick said. “Harrison Kilpatrick, I think, probably had the most tackles tonight.”

Building on a 12-6 halftime lead, Farragut quarterback Brady Sheppard passed to Sam Bobich on the right side — Sam used a stiff-arm to shed a tackler and go 24 yards for a touchdown.

After a two-point conversion kick by Dane Skinner it was 20-6 FMS with 3:45 left in the third quarter.

A 25-yard punt return by Jaylen Pompey gave Farragut the ball at the Bearden 44 to begin that 56-yard TD march.

These seventh-grade Admirals iced the issue with a 44-yard touchdown pass. Brady found Dominic VanAcker in the flat, who broke a tackle then outran the Bearden secondary to make it 26-6 in the fourth quarter. Dane’s second conversion kick, with Jonathan Higdon holding, accounted for the final points of the game.

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Ground game, defense keep eighth-graders perfect, 24-14

After using a stiffarm, Farragut JV receiver Sam Bobich heads to the end zone for a 24-yard TD reception.
Turning back two early Bearden scoring opportunities penetrating deep into Admirals territory, Farragut’s Middle School-Aged varsity (eight-grade) football team took charge in the second quarter and was in command of things.

Until a 94-yard touchdown pass cut a 16-0 Farragut lead in half with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter.

But a huge defensive stop near midfield, followed by a big pass play of its own allowed the Admirals to regain momentum, add an insurance touchdown and go 2-0 on the season with a 24-14 win Thursday night, Aug. 15, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

“Our defense has been playing really well,” Farragut head coach Dee Smith said. “We’ve got a stout defensive line and one heck of a linebacking unit.”

About the linebacking trio of Vinnie Bostick, Ben Reed and Jack Alley, “If you try to run up the middle on them you’re not going to get very far.”

Bearden, a tough-luck 13-12 overtime loser in Week 1 against Alcoa, fell to 0-2.

“Too many mistakes,” Bearden head coach Kevin Ironside said. “You get inside the 10-yard-line twice and come away with no points.”

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Locally dominant FIS fourth-grader runs to national 800m top-7 rank

Kohbe Ward of Farragut, 9, finished seventh in the nation in the 800-meter run during the AAA Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina held Saturday, July 27, through Saturday, Aug. 3.

This Farragut Intermediate School fourth-grader — who is trained by his dad, James Ward Jr., and coached by his grandfather, James Ward Sr. — earned All-American status while running a personal best time of 2:35.18 in the 800 and finishing No. 2 statewide and in the region.

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State ’18 runner-ups go 3, with Irish edging Lady Lions

Knoxville Catholic High School volleyball head coach Brent Carter knew his team would face a tall order when it opened the season on the road against Concord Christian School Monday evening, Aug. 19.

But he also knew it was the type of test his squad would have to pass if another successful campaign is to be in the cards in 2019.

The Lady Irish passed the season-opening test, claiming a hard-fought 18-25, 25-14, 25-22 victory over the Lady Lions in a battle of 2018 state finalists before a packed house at CCS.

“That was a good one,” Carter said after the match. “They’re a great team and that was a good test.

“We were a little sloppy with our serves in that first set, and to Concord’s credit they took advantage of that. They’re a great team and they’re well-coached.

“(Coach Carmen Hochevar) is a great coach and she knows what she’s doing,” he added. “We served better in the second set and in set No. three, and those were a little more competitive for us after we cleaned things up.

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Girls soccer previews: HVA Lady Hawks

HARDIN VALLEY --- When Jessie Stephens took the reins for the Hardin Valley Academy girls soccer program last season, she knew she had plenty of work to do.

Things were tough early, as the Lady Hawks took a few lumps out of the gate. But they would rebound and make it to the state sectionals (12-7-2 overall record) where they were eliminated by Bearden.

The Lady Hawks are looking for more in 2019, as the hard work began in the offseason and things got really intense this summer.

“All through June it was hard core conditioning,” senior midfielder and defender Karly Livingston said. “Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we ran and we went through ‘(heck) week’ for seven weeks.

“Now, honestly, we’re just looking forward to playing.”

And Livingston is looking forward to spending the fall of her senior year with Stephens (who opens her second year as head coach) and assistant Maddie Warren.

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Girls soccer previews: BHS Lady SoccerDawgs

KNOXVILLE --- Bearden High School’s girls soccer team has reached the Class AAA State Tournament in each of the last two seasons. But the Lady Bulldogs haven’t brought home a state championship in more than a decade.

When preseason workouts began, head coach Ryan Radcliffe reminded his squad of that.

“I think these girls are hungry after losing in the state semifinals the last two years. I think they want more,” said Radcliffe, who guided the Bearden boys team to a second state title in four years last spring. “It’s been 12 years since the girls have won one and that’s the first thing I told them when we started practicing.”

The Lady Bulldogs, who went 19-5-1 in 2018 and made a second consecutive perfect run through the District 2-AAA portion of their schedule, certainly have the experience, depth and talent to make another deep postseason run and possibly claim their first state title in what seems like an eternity for them.

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FHS cheer UCA honors aplenty

Raelee Scarbrough, left, and Molly Brown
Farragut High School cheerleaders earned several top team and individual awards during the Universal Cheerleading Association Camp at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, Saturday through Tuesday, July 27-30.

Team awards

• First place in Rally routine

• Leadership Award (All cheer campers were ask what team would you most like to be a part of, and Farragut won the vote)

• Game Day Champions

• Second place in Sidelines

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