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FHS needs win, help to reach state grid playoffs

Farragut defensive backs Jesse McKee (left) and Michael Kendrick (23) battle a Soddy Daisy receiver for the ball.- Marty McCool/
It wasn’t a secret to anyone: Soddy Daisy runs the football. Farragut knew that, but try as they might they couldn’t stop the winged-T Friday at FHS.

What came with that dominance was a 31-17 Region 2-5A victory for SDHS, severely damaging Farragut’s Class 5A playoff hopes.

“They had one of their better nights offensively,” Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney said of the Trojans, who compiled 427 yards rushing. “They had everything going with their winged-T offense and we just had a hard time slowing them down.”

While Soddy Daisy (4-2 in the region, 7-2 overall) locks up a playoff spot, Farragut (2-4 and 5-4) must beat Ooltewah Friday at FHS and hope Bradley Central beats William Blount at WBHS to earn the region’s fourth-seed. Otherwise, the Admirals are out.


The Trojans’ 427 rushing yards came against a Farragut rush defense that has shown this year it can stop the run. A trio of backs in Paul Campbell, Kyle Winton and Kevin Beavers led the way.

The first quarter was a defensive show with neither team getting into a rhythm offensively. But it didn’t take long in the second for Soddy Daisy to change that. Quarterback Tyler Phelps threw an eight-yard TD strike to wide out Mykah Colbert.

After a controversial inadvertent whistle gave the Trojans the ball after an apparent fumble on a punt return, they drove from their own seven-yard line.

With fourth and-five facing his offense, Soddy Daisy head coach Glen Ryan called a fake punt. Trae Jackson took the ball for 26 yards to further the drive. Two plays later Tyler Phelps took it in for a two-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak. It was 14-0.

Farragut’s offense finally found something to hang their hat on with the next drive. With a heavy dose of Michael Wright and a 31-yard completion from Dylan Dickey to Jason Stone, the Admirals capped off their 12-play drive with a 23-yard field goal by Aaron Doyle.

Down 21-3, Farragut put up a strong fight on offense, scoring on their next two drives via the pass-and-catch combo of Dickey and Stone. The Admirals gained 86 of their 171 yards passing in the two drives. Wright got both scores on runs of eight and 14 yards. Both extra points were good and the lead was cut to 28-17 with 11:20 left in the contest.

The Admirals wouldn’t see the end zone again as Soddy Daisy kept the ball for 8:34 of the remaining 11:20.

Farragut finished the game with 315 yards of total offense, but that was outdone by the Trojans who gained 498.

FHS got a huge boast from the passing game, as Dickey pulled together one of his better games of the season. Named TnBank’s Player of the Week, he finished 10 of 21 for 171 yards

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