Admirals rout Panthers, 49-6

It's off to the races again for Farragut's Tanner Thomas as he bursts through a hole created by his offensive line Friday, Aug. 21, at Powell. POWELL — Farragut High School opened the 2015 season in dominant fashion at Powell High School’s Scarbro Stadium Friday night.

“I challenged our kids to compete,” Admirals’ coach Eddie Courtney said after his team notched an impressive 49-6 victory over the Panthers. “Our kids have worked hard.

“We’ve had two really good weeks of practice and they needed this. They needed something positive to happen.”

Farragut (1-0) flexed its muscle early as it scored on four of its first five possessions.

Defensively, Justin Kirkendall had three first-half interceptions that set up three touchdown runs by senior running back Tanner Thomas.

“It’s good for us to get off to a god start,” said Kirkendall, who had just one interception all of last season. “We really needed this as a team.

“Our whole defense was flying around the ball, and it just allowed me to be there at the right time.”
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Lady Admirals sweep opener

Farragut's Madi Howell, 24, digs out a ball against Knox Catholic Wednesday, Aug. 19, on the Irish home court. Farragut High School opened its 2015 volleyball season on Wednesday, Aug. 19, with a stiff road test at Knoxville Catholic High School. The Lady Admirals passed the first test with flying colors and won the match.

Farragut (which moved to 1-0) swept the Lady Irish 25-18, 26-24, 26-24 but it was anything but easy.

“This was a good early-season match and I think that we will see Catholic in Murfreesboro again this year,” FHS coach Susan Davidson said after her squad prevailed in a match between two teams that made deep State Tournament runs in 2014.

The Lady Ads, who reached the Class AAA Championship match in the Midstate and fell to Brentwood in a five-set thriller, started fast and opened a 13-6 lead in the opening set against the Lady Irish, who was a Class AA State semifinalist last year.
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Hawks fall short

Hawks' wide receiver Dom Amos, 13, goes high for a catch in a heart-breaking loss against West Thursday, Aug. 20, a Hardin Valley Academy. Hardin Valley Academy had its chance to knock off one of the state’s top teams in its 2015 football opener on Thursday, Aug. 20. But a valiant effort came up just short when the Hawks couldn’t make a fourth-down conversion late.

“I knew that we would have some mistakes on offense,” Hawks’ coach Wes Jones said after his injury-riddled squad came up on the short end of a 16-15 decision to defending Class 5A State Champion West High before a spirited crowd on Beach Night at HVA. “You can’t lose a kid [quarterback Gavin Greene] eight days before you play your first game when that kid has been your leader all through the spring and summer.

“We had a boat-load of mistakes but our kids had an effort that was just fantastic against the top [Class 5A] team in the state.”

The Hawks had a plethora of miscues, including three lost fumbles, a bad snap that resulted in a safety for the defending Class 5A State Champions. Hardin Valley also missed a pair of extra points, surrendered a touchdown on a punt return and had a touchdown nullified by a penalty.

The Hawks (0-1) had several other injuries. Starting wide receiver and defensive end Joe DeFur was out with a knee injury.
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Jones scores 4 TDs, Bearden wins 50-7

Bearden running back Ty Warren, 2, tries to outrun three Karns defenders to reach the end zone during his run inside the 10-yard line. The Karns Beavers didn’t have an answer for Cameron Jones.

The Bearden quarterback went 12-for-18 and passed for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs 50-7 win Friday, Aug. 21.

Jones said he had plenty of time in the pocket because of his much improved offensive lineman.

“I felt a lot comfortable,” Jones said. “Our linemen are getting a lot better. They know their assignments and that's what we need out of our offensive line. We got a big offensive line that can carry our team a lot this year. I think we can pull out some victories with our offensive line that we have.”

The Bulldogs [1-0] have pulled out a winning record early in the season for the first time since 2012 and two straight wins, but head coach Morgan Shinlever said he believes Jones deserves more credit than that.

“He kind of got a little bit of a bad rep last year,” Shinlever said, “but the fact is the kid had the talent. We just had to put him in the right situations and coach him up and that's what we've been doing all year in the preseason and, you know, it was just a matter of time before he came out and people started recognizing who he is. But he had a good night tonight. He did it both with his arms and his legs and he did it with his mind.”
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Irish, Warriors win openers Lions, Spartans fall

Spartan’s Hunter Green, 3 is taken down by Alcoa’s Mitchell McClurg, 18. The opening week of the 2015 high school football season brought mixed results for the area’s private schools.

Knoxville Catholic High School won its season opener over Morristown East 49-24 Saturday night in Hamblen County. Christian Academy of Knoxville nabbed a 37-7 victory over Livingston Academy at home Friday night. Webb School of Knoxville dropped a 35-0 decision at Alcoa and Concord Christian came up on the losing end of a 45-7 game at Grace Baptist in Chattanooga in the first-ever varsity game for the Lions.

The young Irish prevailed over the Hurricanes despite a bevy of penalties and early mistakes in a game that featured plenty of big plays.

Morristown East made the game’s first big play. The Hurricanes (0-1) took an early 7-0 lead on a 91-yard touchdown scamper by Frank Rogers.

But the Irish (1-0) didn’t trail for long. Catholic pulled even when quarterback Cooper Eden-field connected with Jeffrey Wood on a 70-yard scoring strike. The extra point by Dakota Dickinson evened the game 7-7.

KCHS added a pair of touchdowns in the second stanza. Edenfield threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Mitchell. Edenfield closed out the first-half scoring with a 1-yard plunge to give Catholic the 21-7 lead it enjoyed at halftime.
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Lady dawgs spoil Maryville home opener, 4-1

Bearden's Casey Riemer, 23, heads a ball in the face of a Maryville defender during play district Saturday, Aug. 22, at John Sevier Elementary School. MARYVILLE — Bearden High School’s girls soccer team has grown to love playing Maryville in Blount County. It was there that the Lady Bulldogs opened the 2015 campaign with a 4-1 win over the host Lady Red Rebels Saturday night at John Sevier Elementary School.

It was the second consecutive time that Bearden (1-0 overall, 1-0 in District 4-AAA) have spoiled a home match for the Lady Red Rebels on hostile turf.

The Lady Bulldogs ended Maryville’s season there last year in the district tournament semifinals. That loss was Maryville’s lone setback of 2014.

The Lady Bulldogs received some stellar goalkeeping from senior KayLee Wentz Saturday night. Wentz saved 14 of 15 quality shots that she faced from a young but talented and potent Maryville team, which dropped to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the district.
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