Dominant start, Admirals win 55-6

Farragut wide reciever Davis Simmons, 4, runs in for another Admirals touchdown. A 66-yard Powell pass play, then a red-zone interception from the Panthers defense made things interesting early — if only for a few minutes — at Farragut’s Bill Clabo Field.

The Admirals turned dominant five minutes into this season-opener Friday night, Aug. 19, scoring 28 first-quarter points, racking up 422 total yards of offense and rolling to an easy 55-6 victory.

“I was proud of the way they responded after the jamboree the other night [one-sided loss to Webb],” Admirals skipper Eddie Courtney said.

Junior Braden Collins helped set up Farragut’s first two

touchdowns. His two catches from senior quarterback Adam Fulton, 10 and 19 yards, preceded Amon Johnson’s 8-yard scoring run. The first of seven Joe Doyle conversion kicks made it 7-0.
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Hawks ‘great’ not good enough

KNOXVILLE — A defensive effort labeled “great” by Hardin Valley Academy head coach

Wes Jones still wasn’t good enough for a Hawks victory.

West, perennial Class 5A powerhouse, rallied from a 10-3 fourth-quarter deficit to win 17-10 in both teams’ season openers at the Runnin’ Rebels’ Bill Wilson Field Friday evening, Aug. 19.

“One of their scores was on a broken play,” Jones said. “We had a breakdown and they made a long pass play and was able to convert.

“… We gave up some big plays. West wasn’t able to put together sustained drives against us,” Jones added.

Nevertheless, “Our defense did a fantastic job,” Jones said. “Tim Frizzell and Rook Landers [linebackers] played really well on the defensive side of the ball.
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Farragut tuning up at Early Bird

Caroline Bower of Farragut extends for this serve against Baylor during Gold Bracket quarterfinal round of Early Bird Tournament Saturday afternoon, Aug. 20, at Knoxville Christian School. It was a powerhouse volleyball program starting with a “B” — Baylor, not Brentwood — that ended Farragut’s hopes during annual Early Bird Tournament.

It was a District 4-AAA rival pulling an upset against the Lady Admirals that did not start with a “B,” as in Bearden. Instead, Maryville upset the two-time defending Class AAA state runner-up program in pool play.

Against Baylor, Division II-AA state runner-up last year, “We played a good [match] against them, they just had some pieces that were really, really good,” senior libero Madi Howell, an All-state and AAU All-American honoree, said after a 25-18, 25-22 loss in Early Bird Gold Bracket [highest quality bracket] quarterfinals Saturday evening, Aug. 20, at Knoxville Christian School.

“We’re not on top of our game yet, it’s still the beginning of the season,” Howell added. “We’re going to continue to grow and get better and work on our weaknesses.”
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Irish, Warriors come out strong, Spartans overrun

Traveling well beyond Knox County was no problem at all, performance wise, for Christian Academy of Knoxville and Knoxville Catholic to open the 2016 high school football season.

The Irish program, however, “had a little miscommunication in the paperwork” that resulted in an ineligible KCHS freshman playing “less than 15 plays,” head coach Steve Matthews said about his team in Hamblen County against Morristown West Saturday evening, Aug. 20.

Outscoring the Trojans 63-30 on the field, Catholic had to forfeit the victory.

”We had some turnover in the front office,” Matthews added when explaining about the clerical error. “That’s an unfortunate deal, but it happens. … We self-reported it Sunday morning” to Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.
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Bulldogs take a big bite out of Beavers

A rude homecoming was the end result of Brad Taylor’s return to his alma mater last Friday evening.

Taylor, a 1994 Bearden High School graduate, former Bulldogs star player and BHS head coach [2007 through 2013], brought his Karns Beavers to Bill Young Field Aug. 19.

Bearden made short work of Taylor’s new team, whipping the Beavers 59-7 in both teams’ season openers. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on its first six possessions and led 42-7 at halftime.

“We executed our gameplan well,” Bulldogs head coach Morgan Shinlever said. “We did what we needed to do for the first ballgame as far as executing our scheme. We were real proud of the guys being able to take the gameplan we had worked on that week in practice and be able to carry it over to Friday night.”
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Hawks hold their own at Early Bird

Katie Filipkowski, Hardin Valley Academy senior libero, fields this Brentwood serve during Early Bird Tournament Gold Bracket first-round action Saturday afternoon, Aug. 20, at Knoxville Christian School. With “several juniors and seniors” to lead the way according to head coach Mitzi McCurry, Hardin Valley Academy volleyball held its own in two games against two-time defending Class AAA state champion Brentwood.

This first-round Gold Bracket elimination game, with Gold the strongest bracket during 2016 Early Bird Tournament, saw the powerful Bruins eliminate HVA, 25-18 and 25-17 at Knoxville Christian School Saturday afternoon, Aug. 20.

With Hardin Valley led in part by senior captains Carol Waite, setter, and Katie Filipkowski, libero, “I think my girls did well. Brentwood is a powerhouse and they have a long history and a long heritage,” McCurry said.
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