Swift Falcons make short work of Ads

Farragut's Noah Webb, 15, tries to stop Fulton's Zack Winston from scoring during the Admirals' 55-0 loss to the Falcons Friday, Sept. 12, at Bill Clabo Field. Farragut High School’s football team became Fulton’s latest victim Friday night. The Falcons, who ventured away from Bob Black Field for the first time in 2014, handed the Admirals a 55-0 loss that spoiled homecoming for FHS.

The Ads (1-3) may have ended up on the short end of a lopsided decision, but Farragut could take solace in the fact that it held the two-time defending Class 4A state champions to a season low in points.

Trouble was, the Admirals committed four turnovers and couldn’t sustain any offensive momentum.

“They were a very athletic team,” Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney said. “We gave up three touchdowns early on some busted coverages.

“I’m disappointed because I thought we would come back and make it respectable in the second half.”
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Dawgs’ struggles continue, fall at Morristown East

MORRISTOWN — Bearden High School’s football team put up one of its best offensive efforts of the 2014 season Friday night, Sept. 12, against Morristown East and that was the good news for the Bulldogs.

The bad news was that Bearden made it into the end zone only once in a 37-11 loss to the Hurricanes.

“We moved the ball but we just couldn’t score,” Bearden head coach Morgan Shinlever said after watching his squad pile up 249 yards of offense against the Hurricanes. “We just couldn’t get into the end zone.

“We’re moving the ball but we just can’t carry things out. We can’t finish drives. We need to execute and finish drives.”

For the second consecutive week, the Bulldogs (0-4) took an early lead when its defense scored a safety.
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Wake-up call has Farragut boys golf back on track

Dalton wins 4-AAA crown; Lady Ads 2nd behind Boling

Kayland Boling, Farragut senior golfer, places this shot onto the green during TGA Jr. Tour play at Willow Creek Golf Club in July. Since they were read the riot act by head coach Jonathan Cox after a loss to Maryville at Green Meadow County Club Aug. 7 — the first Farragut High School boys golf district loss in a regular season match in five years — an experienced and talented FHS team has sharpened its game.

“I was not real happy with our focus, we had sort of been going through the motions,” said Cox, whose team’s new “focus” paid off during the District 4-AAA Tournament at Lambert Acres just outside of Maryville Monday, Sept. 15. The Admirals shot a 3-under par 285 (four top scores for 18 holes) to easily win by 14 strokes.

Meanwhile, the Lady Admirals, who Cox said have been on top of their game most of the regular season while being led by a stellar season from senior Elizabeth Keeling, took second place — two strokes behind champion Heritage.
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Lady Admirals roll past South-Doyle, Grace, Karns

Farragut’s Alexis Parker goes for a kill shot against South-Doyle. It was a long night Monday for the Farragut High School volleyball team, but it wasn’t any longer than it had to be. The Lady Admirals made short work of three opponents in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

FHS downed South-Doyle, Grace Christian Academy and Karns in straight sets. The Lady Ads (35-1 after the wins) opened the potential marathon evening with a 25-7, 25-19 victory over the Lady Cherokees. Farragut then knocked off the Lady Rams 25-13, 25-7 before defeating the Lady Beavers 25-14, 25-9.

“Our plan for the night was to get things done as quickly as possible and I’m happy with the way we responded,” FHS senior Raegan Grooms said.

The Lady Admirals certainly accomplished that goal as all three matches were concluded in less than an hour. Furthermore, Farragut got production from several players on this night. The Lady Admirals’ front row was particularly dominant in all three matches.
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Lady Ads surprise Briarcrest; BHS 1-2

Though both Farragut and Bearden lost two of three games during annual Memphis Rivals Classic, which features many of the state’s top public and private girls soccer teams, both head coaches came away with positive results.

For Dennis Lindsay’s Lady Ads, the highlight was handing Briarcrest its first loss of the season, 3-2, Saturday, Sept. 13, led by junior midfielder Tori Hunt’s two goals. Senior forward Kendall Clay also scored.

“We gave a lot of good effort and played good soccer. Briarcrest is one of the top 10 teams in the state,” Lindsay said. “I’ll just have to take my hat off to the whole team. Farragut ended its three days of participation in the five-day classic Sunday, Sept. 14, with a 4-4-2 overall record.

Losing 5-1 to Houston, defending Class AAA state champion, on the Lady Mustangs’ home field Sunday, “We had played the two days previous, and Houston hadn’t played since Wednesday. We had dead legs,” Lindsay said. Junior midfielder Jordan Fierley scored for Farragut, which also lost to Evangelical Christian School, 2-1, Friday, Sept. 12 (Hunt goal). “The first night I thought we played terrible,” Lindsay said.
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South-Doyle runs by mistake-prone HVA

Ryan Ferguson, HVA running back, finds room versus SDHS as Nick Buckles (4) looks for a block. Hardin Valley mistakes in execution — turnovers, short punts and kick returns — gave South-Doyle short fields from which to score lots of points.

Given that the Cherokees are talented, experienced and fast, such gifts were fatal. The Hawks' home opener fell flat in a 47-21 loss Friday evening, Sept. 12.

“You take a top-10 team in the state and you put them on the [HVA] 35-yard-line, or inside, like we did tonight, they're going to score a consistent amount of the time,” said Hawks head coach Wes Jones, whose team falls to 2-1. South-Doyle improves to 3-0.

“They scored every single time that they had the ball down there. That's four scores and that's pretty much the difference in the ballgame tonight, that we put those guys in positions,” Jones added. “That's taking nothing away from that football team right there. That's a good football team.”

Hardin Valley actually outgained South-Doyle in total yards 348-341 according to HVA official statistics. While the Hawks led in passing yards 120 versus 91, the Cherokees led in rushing yards 250 versus 228.

One key element in those 91 yards was South-Doyle senior quarterback Brody Rollins, who completed a series of key third- and fourth-down passes (11 of 13 overall) to keep alive eventual scoring drives.
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