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Farragut guard Greg Gibson is caught between BHS guards Michael Scruggs (left) and Paul Dickenson.- Photos by Marty McCool/
Farragut lives on the edge with its aggressive defensive style.But while the Admirals’ top four big men each had four fouls early in the fourth quarter against archrival Bearden Friday at BHS, the Ads not only survived but thrived by swarming like bees.

“This is the most aggressive team that I’ve had down there in eight years,” FHS head coach Donald Dodgen said of his team’s 84-77 come-from-behind victory, its third straight win this season against the Bulldogs.

“We don’t look real good at times, but we play so hard that we create havoc at times. We get a lot of the other teams out of rhythm because we’re playing so hard. It may not look like we’re doing anything, but we’re putting on some intense defense out there at times.”

“The way we practice, it’s almost like football players, we come down pop, pop, foul, foul, foul,” said senior post Tim Torrence, as Farragut entered the week 13-3 overall and 7-2 in District 4-AAA. “It comes out in the games.”

Torrence and three other Admirals eventually joined three Bulldogs as seven players fouled out. But BHS star post Jeremy Holliday, the team’s leading scorer who provides almost all of Bearden’s inside scoring, fouled out first with 3:24 to play and FHS up 65-62.

Dodgen stuck with his big line-up throughout the fourth-quarter despite the foul problems. “We were going to try and get the ball inside to see if we could get Holliday’s fifth-foul, which we were fortunate enough to do,” Dodgen said. “And when he went out it made a little difference defensively.”

By the time the first big Admiral fouled out — Torrence with 1:57 to play — Farragut led 71-65 and Bearden was thinking three-point field goals, especially without Holliday.

“We also had smaller kids come in that matched up well with his (BHS head coach Mark Blevins’) smaller kids.”

Serious foul problems have been a constant FHS concern the entire season and were highlighted Jan. 20 in an 82-76 district loss at South-Doyle. “We had five people foul out,” Dodgen said. “Twenty-one of the thirty points they scored in the fourth quarter were free throws. Teenagers are going to make some crazy-type fouls. But with the intensity we want them to play at, we’re going to make some fouls.”


“We got it in their heads that we knew we were going to come back and win when the shots started falling,” Torrence said of how Farragut erased a 53-47 BHS lead after three quarters. “Especially the threes, Greg (Gibson) and Jay (Hunter), I knew we were going to win after that.”

Two Gibson treys and a Hunter three within the first 90 seconds of the final quarter gave Farragut a 56-54 lead.

Kyle Huckins’ 15-foot jumper and two free throws with 5:52 remaining gave FHS a 60-56 lead it would never relinquish. Late Admiral free throws sealed the deal.

As he was running off the court following the victory, Huckins perhaps summed-up Farragut’s secret ingredient:

“We’ve got a lot of heart.”

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