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Unbeaten Farragut awaits as William Blount’s 0-5 record reflects a brutal schedule plus lots of young players on both sides of the ball

It’s not enough just to be a good Class 5A football team and play the murderous schedule William Blount High School has endured so far this season.

Factor in a young defense and relatively inexperienced offense and it’s no wonder the Governors are winless at 0-5.

In addition to county rivalry losses to the state’s top-ranked Class 4A Maryville Rebels and Class 2A’s top-ranked Alcoa Tornadoes, William Blount has already faced two region teams ranked among the state’s top-10 in Class 5A (losses to fifth-ranked Ooltewah and seventh-ranked Soddy Daisy).

And don’t forget Class 4A’s seventh-ranked Central Bobcats, another WBHS powerhouse opponent during a horrible start for the Governors made worse by off-the-field controversy allegedly involving why Meadows moved his players from the sidelines in front of the stands to the opposite sideline during WBHS home games.

Two more ranked Region 2-5A teams await the Governors before mid-October.

In addition to hosting sixth-ranked perennial power Oak Ridge Oct. 8, the Govs must first visit Farragut Stadium this Friday to battle the No. 8-ranked and unbeaten Admirals (5-0 record).

Opening kickoff on FHS Homecoming night is 7:30 p.m.

While new head coach Scott Meadows wouldn’t elaborate about any off-the-field problems, this well-traveled head coach said he was accepting a tough challenge when taking the WBHS job after two seasons at Jefferson County.

“That’s something that attracted me to the job, to be honest with you,” Meadows said. “In school history the most wins they’ve ever had in one season is eight. So, we’re going to try and get this thing turned back around. It has been a big challenge, I’d say even more so than any of the other places I’ve been.”

To turn around the 2004 season, “we’re going to have to just go out and not get down because we are 0-and-five and just continue to play,” Meadows said. “I felt we played pretty decent against Maryville (a 49-21 loss at MHS last Friday).”

Meadows said that only three offensive starters and two defensive starters return from 2003.

Among the Govs’ defensive problems, “one thing we can’t correct (is) we’re awful young,” Meadows said. “On defense we start a freshman, a couple of sophomores, so we’re very, very young. And in the secondary, our pass defense has not been very good. Those are some of the things we’re trying to correct as the year goes.”

Asked to point out a defensive leader, Meadows replied: “That’s the sixty-four-thousand dollar question,” but added that he “likes” linebacker Hamilton Borden (5-foot-10, 190 pound senior) and defensive end Michael Malone ( 6-foot-2, 210 pound senior).

Offensively based out of the wing-T, Meadows praised quarterback Lucas Wall. “I feel like he’s a pretty good quarterback,” Meadows said. “He does a good job running the offense, and he’s one of our team captains. He’s just a junior, I’ve never had that (junior captain) before.”

Meadows praised WBHS junior fullback Brad Walker. “For two weeks in a row against what I feel is two pretty good defenses he rushed for over one-hundred yards in each game,” the coach said.

Junior center Brian Wendel ( 6-foot, 265 pounds) anchors the Governor offensive line. “All three of those guys are really going to have to step it up for us,” Meadows said.

Said FHS head coach Eddie Courtney, “They’re still doing a good job running the wing-T, they’ve just gotten themselves down early in those ballgames … they have some threats there with (wingbacks Aaron) Keener, (A.J.) Carson, the quarterback Wall, and Walker’s a good fullback.”

Courtney estimates that William Blount throws “about twelve times a game, around that number,” but added “most of the time they’re going to try and run the football and establish the wing-T.”

Mistakes have been costly to the offense. “In every game we’ve played we’ve shot ourselves in the foot,” Meadows said. “We’ll get in on the other side of the fifty (yard-line) or the forty and then we’ll shoot ourselves in the foot.”

In evaluating Farragut’s defense, “they run to the ball so well,” Meadows said. “It’s almost like they’re in a race trying to beat each other to see who’s going to make the tackle first. That’s what you want to have.”

As for the FHS offense, “they don’t do a lot of fancy stuff, but Michael Wright and their other tailback (Jovon Miller) and their fullback (Nick Moore) are awful good, and their quarterback (Nick French) is very good.”

As for a size and speed comparison, “they’ve got a tremendous amount of team speed defensively, it looks like,” Meadows said. “And the (runningsback) have great speed.

“And they look bigger than we are.”

Defensively, Meadows said the keys to his team’s success Friday include “definitely tackling better than what we’ve been tackling,” and “play better pass defense.”

Offensively, Meadows stressed the need to execute effectively against the FHS defense.

Injury-wise, Meadows said that despite losing starting linebacker Logan Elliott for the season following a preseason injury, William Blount was relatively healthy as of Tuesday.

Courtney said the Admirals were in generally good health as of Monday’s practice.


Though only in his seventh season as a high school head coach, Meadows is commanding his fourth high school team.

Meadows won a Class 2A state championship as head coach at Alcoa in 2000, one year after turning around a struggling Sequoyah program and getting the Class 3A Chiefs into the state quarterfinals in 1999, only his second year there.

His two JCHS teams (2002 and 2003) were both ranked among the state’s top-10 in Class 5A.


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