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Ads ‘not ready to play’ as Soddy Daisy air power, defense lead to rout

SODDY-DAISY — Held to 120 yards of total offense while being passed to death by Soddy-Daisy, Farragut finds itself out of the Associated Press Class 5A top-10 state poll while envisioning the possibility of ruining a 7-0 start with a four-game losing streak to end 2004.

While No. 5-ranked Soddy Daisy whipped the previously No. 8-ranked Admirals 35-3 Friday night, Farragut now faces No. 6-ranked Ooltewah Friday night at OHS (see story above). A heavy underdog to the Owls as FHS returns to Hamilton County this week, the Ads will need to pull an upset or face a trip to top-ranked and unbeaten Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett in the opening round of the 5A playoffs next week.

Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney pointed to bad practices in helping explain the one-sided loss to the Trojans, who improve to 8-1 overall, 5-1 in the region. The Ads are 7-2 overall, 4-2 in the region.

“I just don’t think we were sharp in practice,” Courtney said. “Our minds were in other places, and it’s the first time this football team has had an off week as far as practice.”

Saying FHS’s ineffective play was less due to a hangover following a 21-13 loss to No. 3 Oak Ridge the week before, Courtney instead said his team “was probably a little tired, it’s been a long season.” Courtney also pointed to “an off-day on Friday, no school, so we didn’t handle that very well even though we brought the kids in early. There’s a lot of factors there, just a change of some schedules.”

SDHS quarterback Gary Orr was named Associated Press Class 5A Player of the Week after completing 14 of 23 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns, including strikes of 57 and 34 yards. “Their quarterback, I thought, had a great night,” Courtney said. “He threw precise passes early in the game and we changed some coverage things ... he seemed to be a little bit better than the films we had.”

The Trojans scored on its first two possessions and led 21-3 at the half. Farragut’s only points came on a 50-yard field goal by Thomas Riddle.

Courtney emphasized that his FHS defense “really stopped the running game, and we felt like it was really important to do that,” as the Ads limited Soddy-Daisy to under 50 yards rushing.

But Courtney added that “in some ways, they’re the best team we’ve played,” but was careful not to say that the Trojans were better than Oak Ridge.

However, “I felt up front, defensively, they’re pretty physical, so we didn’t get anything started offensively,” Courtney said. “And their middle linebacker really made some big plays for ’em.”

Linebackers Court Courtney (14 tackles) and Nick Reveiz (13) led the Ads in stops. Defensive lineman Adam Baxter had 10 tackles.

While the Farragut ground attack managed only 94 yards on 31 attempts, the air game was even weaker with only 26 yards total and four interceptions.

Starting quarterback Nick French threw for only five yards on 3 of 7 passing, but also tossed a pair of interceptions.

Coach Courtney emphasized that French is still his starting quarterback, though he was lifted early in the third quarter. Back-up quarterback Tyler Powell completed 2 of 8 passes for 21 yards and one interception.


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