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FHS, BHS football heating up quickly for ’04 season
Ads’ running game, linebackers excel during scrimmage


NORRIS — The success of Farragut’s running game coupled with solid linebacking play were highlights FHS head football coach Eddie Courtney pointed to during his team’s first pre-season scrimmage against Anderson County and South-Doyle at ACHS Friday.

“I think we as a staff were pleased after week one,” coach Courtney said. “I was pleased the way our kids responded and went out there very aggressively ... I felt like our team hit hard.”

Offensively, “I think the offensive line did a good job,” Courtney said. “We wanted to run the ball a lot over there because we knew those two teams are very physical, so we wanted to see how we matched up there. We felt like the offensive line, with (Chaz) Graham and (Robert) Facklam and Marshall Deer and (Dane) Deatherage, we’re pleased with them.

“They were kind of where we were hoping they’d be at this stage,” Courtney added about his offensive line. Although Courtney said they’re not yet playing at the level needed come Aug. 21 for the regular season opener at Halls, “they’re playing well together.”

While saying his quarterbacks “did some good things and ran our offense well,” the FHS skipper said establishing the running game was a priority of all three teams Friday.

“Michael Wright and Jovon Miller both did a great job at tailback, Nick Reveiz and Nick Moore at fullback,” Courtney said. “Tailbacks and fullbacks catching the ball out of the backfield, as well as carrying it.

Defensively, “our linebacking group did a good job ... they’re the guys that are supposed to make the tackles,” Courtney said about what is likely the strength of the 2004 defense. “The Reveizes, Shane and Nick both, Tony Manilla, those guys did a good job. The outside linebackers, with Steven Moon, Brian Tipton and Tyler Ladd, did a good job on the outside.

“Other than just one long run that we gave up on a busted assignment, we played the run pretty good.”

What’s next? “Spend a little bit more time on the kicking game and our short yardage offense and defensive packages,” Courtney said.

The Admiral head coach said his team had not suffered any serious injuries as of Monday.

 

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