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Pouring it on

Pulling away late in the first half, Ads honor their ailing head coach, beat M-West 45-14

On a night when the Farragut High School football team didn’t have its head coach, it did exactly what longtime head man Eddie Courtney would’ve loved to see. While Courtney was home recovering from prostate cancer surgery, his team notched a homecoming victory.

The Admirals scored early and often en route to nabbing a 45-14 victory over Morristown West in their Region 1-6A opener Friday night, Sept. 18, at Bill Clabo Field. (See related story on page 1A)

FHS (3-1 overall, 1-0 in the region) darted out to a fast start and took a 14-0 lead by first quarter’s end, as junior quarterback Dawson Moore had a record-setting night.

Moore, who was making just his fourth career start, threw for a school record six touchdowns against the Trojans (2-1, 1-1).

Moore said the Ads took what the Trojans gave them.

“We started off running to see how it went, and we weren’t really consistent with the running, so we went to the passing,” said Moore, who went 13-for-21 for 321 yards through the air. “Obviously, there were a lot of holes open so we kept attacking, attacking and attacking until we couldn’t anymore.

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FHS girls, boys grab 4-AAA golf titles

BLOUNT COUNTY — Though Jon Higgins described Egwani Farms Golf Course in Rockford as “a tough course,” his Farragut High School girls and boys golf teams tamed Egwani well enough to win a pair of District 4-AAA crowns going away Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Led by medalist Lexanne Halama (70) and runner-up medalist Lindsey Ott (75), the Lady Admirals were 20 strokes better than runner-up, and rival, Bearden (145 versus 165) for 18 holes (top two scores taken).

As the top two finishes in the field, “That’s all you need to know about the girls. They played exceptionally well,” the FHS coach said.

“I was really proud of Lindsey because, for a while there, she struggled a little bit at the beginning — but she played really, really well coming down the stretch,” he added.

Higgins’ FHS boys bested runner-up William Blount by 10 strokes (300 versus 310, top four scores taken), as low scorer Lance Simpson took second in the medalist contest (71), while A.J. Rinehardt finished fourth (73).

Teammate Connor Price shot a 77, followed by freshman Owen Queener with a 79.

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‘Frustration speech’ helps Bearden hand FHS first soccer loss

KNOXVILLE — For the first time this season, the Bearden High School girls soccer team was able to use its locker room. The facility was opened before the Lady Bulldogs had their annual meeting against Farragut.

But the room, which had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wasn’t a very pleasant place to be at halftime of the match between the two Kingston Pike rivals.

Bearden head coach Ryan Radcliffe had to stir up his team a bit at the break, despite holding 2-1 lead, and it seemed to work: the Lady Bulldogs won 3-1 Thursday evening, Sept. 17, at BHS’s Turner-Allender Field.

He took select players into the room at the half for a pep talk.

“It was the first time we’ve gone in our locker room this year and I only took a few of them,” Radcliffe said. “I gave them a frustration speech.

“I had to give them some pump-up music, I guess you could say,” he added.

Though scoring just one second-half goal, the players seemed to respond to the speech by outshooting Farragut 10-0 during the final 40 minutes.

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A sweep of West improves 7th-grade Ads to 5-0; eighth-graders now 3-1

Both Farragut Middle School football teams were able to secure late leads against West, and then hang on to stay at or near the top of the Knox area Middle School-Aged Conference football standings.

While running its perfect record to 5-0 and stay atop the MAC seventh-grade standings, Dustin Bolen’s Admirals beat West 14-6 Thursday evening, Sept. 17, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

While firing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Moses Burnette, on fourth down, to add an insurance TD late in the fourth quarter, FMS quarterback Gage Kirky has bounced back quite well from a cruel form of adversity. “He’s the one that was diagnosed, a couple of years back, with a brain tumor,” Bolen, head coach, said about Gage. “That kid, he puts forth all the effort he can.”

Ethan Farhat’s 3-yard run on fourth-and-goal early in the fourth quarter broke a scoreless tie. Ryan McCue added a two-point conversion kick.

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