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FHS on region grid roll; ’Cats next


“Wright” seemed to be the only thing coming out of the speakers at Bear Stadium this past Friday night.

Bradley Central (2-5 overall, 1-3 in Region 2-5A) would probably like to forget all about the junior running back that led Farragut (5-2, 2-2) to the 31-6 victory.


Michael Wright finished the game with 225 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carries and was named TnBank’s Player of the Week.

FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said improved play along the offensive line due to more experience and improved health, and “real strong chemistry” on defense have the Admirals on a two-game region roll heading to powerful Oak Ridge Friday. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Blankenship Field.

FHS 31 BRADLEY 6

At the start of the game, Bradley came out strong with a 12-play drive and connected for a 26-yard touchdown pass–but it was called back due to a holding penalty. Although Farragut’s defense had bent, it did not break as they stopped the Bears on fourth down to regain possession deep in their own territory.

The Admirals came out firing on all cylinders on offense driving all the way to the Bears 14 yard line. On the first play of the second quarter, senior fullback Brandon Douglas broke through the line and had a clean route to the end zone, but a Bradley defender caught him short of the touchdown and forced a fumble.

The ball rolled out of the end zone and the Bears regained possession.

With just a few ticks off of the clock in the second quarter, the Admirals defense came out and apparently had figured out just what Bradley was trying to do. They forced the Bears to a threeand-out to give their offense another shot at a score.

It didn’t take long for the Admirals to cash in on their defense’s effort. After a penalty pushed them back five yards, Michael Wright took over. Five plays, all to Wright, later and the Admirals were on the board at the 8:45 mark of the second. Douglas said he knew it was very important for his team to get it in for the score.

“We just had to have it,” Douglas said. “The line did great. Everyone kept focused and straight forward the whole time.”

After a fumble recovery by junior linebacker Court Courtney, the Admirals took the ball at their 34 and once again got off to a quick start. Senior QB Dylan Dickey connected with fellow senior Sheldon Mattice for a 22 yard completion to the Bears 44.

After a five-yard run by Wright, Douglas once again got the call up the gut and this time he delivered on a 40-yard touchdown run. With Doyle’s extra point Farragut had a 14-0 lead.

Coach Courtney said he never thought twice about calling Douglas’s number again after the fumble.

“Brandon’s worked real hard and he played some fullback for us last year,” Courtney said. “We’ve asked him to do a lot of things so I felt like it’s important as a coach that we let him know that we’ve still got confidence in him. He’s going to be hard enough on himself after that fumble. He came back, got his touchdown and I’m proud of him.”

Farragut closed out the half with 188 yards on the ground and 43 thru the air. They had amassed a 100 more yards of total offense than Bradley and never punted once in the first two quarters.

After shutting Farragut down on their opening drive of the third, the Bears came out ready to get back in the game. After a personal foul and unsportsman like penalty was called on the Admirals, Bradley found themselves on the Farragut 42 yard line.

But the penalties really worked against Bradley as the defense used them to get fired up. On second and two, senior linebacker Jon Smith, who has been nursing an injured ankle in recent weeks, busted up the Bears play and caused a fumble. A Bradley player recovered the fumble for a nine-yard lose.

On the first play of the Admirals ensuing drive, Wright broke thru the line for a 55-yard run. Doyle continued his great year with a 33-yard field goal at the 3:44 mark of the third.

The Bears didn’t take long to answer. Matt Spain, who racked up 177 yards in kick returns on the night, took the kickoff 90 yards for the touchdown.

The Bears tried to surprise the Admirals with an onside kick, but Brent Harkins covered the ball quickly to give Farragut good field position.

The seven-play drive was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Wright. Courtney said it was very big for his team to come back and answer after Bradley returned the kick for a score.

Farragut’s defense put the last nail in the coffin on the Bears next drive. Courtney intercepted a Matt Moody pass and returned to for a 55-yard touchdown at the 9:02 mark of the fourth quarter to push to score to 31-6.



THE NUMBERS

The Admirals defense held the Bears to just 190 yards of total offense. They were lead by senior Brandon Hall who finished the game with nine tackles from his defensive end position. The offense finished the game with 358 yards of total offense, 309 yards of that were on the ground.

Courtney said that was a major part of the their game plan coming into the game.

“We knew they were going to put a lot of guys in the box up front,” he said. “Bradley’s a physical football team. We knew we had to get better in our running game. That’s something that we challenged our team two weeks ago in the open week, that we had to run the football better to hopefully help the passing game.”

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