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Court Courtney’s second career interception for a touchdown, the success of Nick Moore’s fullback traps, shutout defense for three quarters and special teams play earning the boss’s praise added up to a Farragut football win Saturday.

“It was right to me, it was a bad read by the quarterback, I think,” Courtney, a senior outside linebacker, said about his 27 yard TD return that put the Admirals up 14-0 in an eventual 28-12 victory at Halls.


“I thought we dominated the game on defense,” Courtney added, as FHS held the Red Devils inside their own territory until early in the fourth quarter when several starters were pulled. “There were some young guys in there at cornerback (and) they got some touchdowns on us, but it was a good team win, a good defensive win.”

Defensively, “you start off with Court,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said about his standout linebacker, who had a team-high 11 tackles, two for minus yardage.

Junior middle linebacker Nick Reveiz followed closely behind with 10 stops and joined defensive tackle T.J. Ensor on a fourth-and-one stop at midfield in the second quarter. Ensor added six tackles, two for minus yardage, while linebacker Tony Manilla also had six tackles.

Cornerback Marcus Huie joined the big play category defensively by intercepting a Halls pass on the very next HHS play from scrimmage after Courtney’s TD, returning it 24 yards.

“Defensively, I felt like we played good assignment football,” coach Courtney said.

Other big defensive plays included a 15-yard sack by defensive linemen Tommy Lawhorn, Adam Baxter and Dane Deatherage.

FHS OFFENSE

Huie’s pick-off set up a 12-yard TD run from tailback Michael Wright that made it 21-0 with 8:31 left in the first-half.

Wright, who had one run for 30 yards that featured two broken tackles and a sharp cutback move, rushed 16 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

“The hard work he’s had through the spring and summer has certainly paid off for him, and hopefully will be a little bit more durable of a back this season, and we’ll be able to do more things with him,” coach Courtney said about the 5-foot-10, 175 pound senior.

Moore would have overtaken Wright in the yardage category, but his 65-yard touchdown run in the fourth-quarter was nullified by a holding penalty. Nonetheless, Moore scored on a 5-yard TD run on Farragut’s second possession, and rushed for 69 yards on nine carries thanks to several successful runs on the fullback trap play. “Our fullback trap was a good play for us,” Courtney said.

Coach Courtney added that the offensive line “as a unit did a pretty good job.”

As for FHS quarterback Nick French in his first career varsity start, “he had very few mistakes, he has been a good leader for our team,” Courtney said. “I was pleased at the way he carried himself last night.”

French completed all four of his passes for 44 yards. Receivers Tyler Ladd and Lee Travis each caught two passes, with Travis’ leaping 13-yard fingertip catch along the sideline the highlight.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Coach Courtney was quite pleased with the Admirals’ special teams play, saying it was “a positive thing for us.”

The kickoff coverage units didn’t allow a big return while twice stopping the Red Devils inside their own 20 yard line.

In addition to placing one kickoff into the end zone, kicker Thomas Riddle averaged 43.5 yards on four punts. Placekicker Patrick Ladd converted all four extra points.

Tailback Jovon Miller had a 20-yard punt return to set-up Farragut’s first touchdown, and later added a 27-yard kickoff return.

OFFENSIVE FAILURES

Courtney said a misunderstanding over whether the clock was stopped or not resulted in Farragut leaving the ball on the Halls 1-yard line as time ran out in the first half.

The coach said his FHS offense misunderstood an out of bounds ruling — resulting in Farragut huddling up on offense as the clock counted down under 10 seconds. By the time the FHS offense realized the clock was indeed running, they were unable to get another play off in time.

The Admirals also failed to score on four downs on their first possession of the game, failing on its last three tries from inside the Red Devil 5-yard-line.

 

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