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Second half surge lifts Admirals
Michael Wright back on track with three TDs as FHS gets huge region win, rips William Blount

Farragut tacklers Matt Walls (41) and Court Courtney helped hold the William Blount offense to six points in a huge 24-6 Admirals victory at WBHS Friday.- Marty McCool/
Homecoming night is about enjoying all the festivities from crowning the king and queen, dancing with a high school sweetheart–and of course winning the big game.

But for William Blount it just didn’t go as planned.

With a second half explosion on offense, Farragut (4-2 overall, 1-2) stole the homecoming show and a Region 2-5A win from the Governors 24-6.

But that wasn’t even the sweetest part; the win avenged the Admirals’ homecoming loss to the Governors last year.

“Yeah we did think about that (last year’s loss),” junior running back Michael Wright said. “We really wanted to win because it was their homecoming. They beat us on ours so we wanted to beat them on theirs.”

Overcoming a 6-0 halftime deficit, Farragut finished the game scoring on their first four possessions of the second half and amounting 233 yards, 216 of those came in the second half.

Wright picked up 133 yards, most of those in the second half, and three touchdowns. For his effort Wright was named TnBank’s Player of the Week.

The first half was everything but exciting for the Admirals, as they were unable to pick up a single first down and only gained 17 yards of total offense.

William Blount took a 6-0 lead into the half thanks to a 39-yard touchdown pass from Wojciechowski to Henry at the 6:40 mark in the second quarter. The extra point was no good.

Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney said he felt the team was slow out of the gate after an open date.

“When you have an open date, that’s a week away from being in game speed,” Courtney said. “We made some improvements during that open date, which we needed, got some guys healthy and back. But you miss that gametime when you do that and we were a little bit stale.”

Farragut came out from the half and started strong. After an interception by Court Courtney on the Governor’s fourth play, the Admirals offense turned it up as they marched down the field and capped off an 11-play drive with a 25-yard field goal by Aaron Doyle at the 3:56 mark of the third quarter.

But the offensive was just getting started.

After the defense forced William Blount to a three-and-out, the Farragut offense went 60 yards in four plays for their first touchdown, a 20-yard scamper by Wright, giving FHS a 10-6 lead.

The defense was lead by senior linebacker Matt Walls, who finished the game with 12 stops.

FHS travels to Cleveland to tangle with region foe Bradley Central Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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