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Farragut seniors reflect on victory

Beating rival Bearden High School three years in a row has never felt so good for the Farragut Admiral football seniors.

Having been together as varsity players the past three years, the seniors have experienced their ups and downs. But they all agree this is one of the greatest times in their high school football careers.

“We all grew up together, our whole senior team,” said FHS senior quarterback Nick French following Friday night’s 14-0 victory over the Bulldogs in Farragut Stadium. “We worked hard for this one.”

In the end the Admirals proved to have all the tools to earn their third consecutive “How the West Was Won” trophy, given annually to the BHS-FHS winner since 2002. It also improved Farragut’s perfect 2004 record to 4-0.

Being the last time they would ever take the field against their biggest rival, the Farragut senior class was determined to keep intact its perfect varsity record against Bearden. “(It’s the) best feeling in the world, we never lost to that team, we said we weren’t going to start now and we held to our word,” senior lineman Chaz Graham said. “I’m proud of my team.”

Senior tailback Michael Wright, who scored the Admirals’ first touchdown of the game on an 8-yard first quarter run, said: “We came out in the first quarter ready to go and we played hard. It feels good, three years in a row.”

This win, however, had an extra special meaning for French. “It’s really special, this is my senior year and it’s my first year starting,” he said. “I’ve been waiting in line.” Senior wide receiver and safety Tyler Ladd has similar feelings. “Greatest game I have ever been apart of,” Ladd said. “I didn’t get to play my sophomore or junior year. This year I came out so pumped up, and it’s a great win.”

The Admiral defense keyed the victory, forcing five Bearden turnovers (four fumbles and one interception) while preventing the Bulldogs from getting on the scoreboard despite numerous BHS scoring chances. Bearden’s record drops to 0-3.

Senior linebacker Court Courtney said: “(Our) defense can’t play any better than a shutout. (It) feels great to shutout our rival.”

French added: “It was a good team win. We all came out here and tried our hardest.”


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