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FHS freshman football team earns region championship showdown Saturday

With a 35-0 victory against Lenoir City at Farragut Stadium Monday, the Farragut High School freshman football team will take an 8-1 record into the region championship game Saturday.

In a battle of North versus South, North region champ Farragut — the winner against North foes Oak Ridge, William Blount and Heritage — will play South region champ Ooltewah beginning at 1 p.m. at McMinn County High School in Athens.


Zach Allen led FHS with two touchdown runs and two catches for 40 yards as the Ads drilled Oak Ridge 35-7 at FHS Oct. 18. Allen also had a blocked punt. André Sterling’s 82 yards rushing included a 21-yard TD. Micah Devan scored on a 24-yard run and nailed three extra-points. Ty Canan added a 4-yard TD run.

Head coach Benny Lyle praised his offensive line for dominating the line of scrimmage. Linemen are Dylan Young, Dominique Billingsley, Alex Johnson, Brett Courtney and Jake Scott.

Defensively, Jeff Jameson, Courtney, Billingsley, Chris Davidson, Devan, Will Pearman, Allen, Canan, Brandon Brooks. T.J. Wiberley, Young and Esean Phillips were all praised by Lyle.

A 43-14 rout of Bradley Central Oct. 11 was led defensively by Pearman’s nine tackles, followed by Allen with eight — four for minus yardage. Devan and Davidson also had eight tackles apiece, with Davidson recovering a fumble helped caused with a hit.

As for scoring, Canan recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, then scored on a 9-yard run. Sterling scored on a 53-yard run and a 20-yard pass from Phillips. Allen had a pair of TD runs. Nick Collins rushed four times for 43 yards. Devan converted 5 of 5 extra-points.

Against Lenoir City, Allen scored on a 42-yard run, Sterling scampered to paydirt from 38 yards out, Canan added an 18-yard TD run, Devan scored from 12 yards out and Wiberley hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Phillips.

Allen also caught a 40-yard pass from Andrew Martland, who ended the game 7 of 9 passing for 122 yards.

“The offensive line blocked extremely well,” Lyle said.

Devan was 5-of-5 on extra points.

Defensively, Brett Courtney had three minus yardage tackles and recovered a fumble, while Phillips’ interception began Farragut’s first scoring drive — a 98-yard scoring drive. Canan also had an interception, while Davidson also recorded three minus yardage stops.


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