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Still a special year, Admiral seniors say

OAK RIDGE — Despite a devastating 48-0 loss to No. 3-ranked Oak Ridge in the second round of the TSSAA Class 5A playoffs Friday, many FHS seniors are determined to put a positive spin on the 2004 season.

And there’s evidence to do so.

Farragut finishes the 2004 season with a 9-3 record while having enjoyed a stint among the Associated Press Class 5A top-10 state poll in October.

Despite the Oak Ridge disaster, “there is just too many other good memories this year that I had with my teammates, and our wins and how far we went,” said Marshall Deer, senior center. “When I look back on my senior season I won’t have any regrets.”

Dane Deatherage, senior offensive lineman, said that after having consecutive 5-5 varsity seasons in 2002 and ’03, “To finish my senior year with a nine-win season, that’s something a Farragut team hasn’t done in quite a few years. I feel very proud of what we’ve done and accomplished as a senior class.”

This season marked head coach Eddie Courtney’s most successful team record-wise in his nine years as FHS skipper.

“I feel that we’ve not only got it done on the field, but also our relationships with underclassmen have been very good this year, I’m proud of that also,” Deatherage added. “I just hope that we’ve started a trend, and hopefully a legacy here at Farragut, that we can look back on ten, and even fifteen years from now and say, ‘we had something do with that, and we made that program a little bit better.’”

Senior lineman Chaz Graham called 2004 “A great season, I mean for the first time at Farragut there’s been some pride about our football team.

“When our senior class looks back and we have winning programs from here on, we can say we’re the class that started it,” Graham added. “We couldn’t be more proud of our team and the effort they gave this year.”

About the seniors, “Number one, they did a great job providing leadership,” Courtney said. “And number two, this team really came together ... very unselfish … that’s the things you’re proud of. And number three, I had very few discipline problems all year, which shows the character of these kids, and how much they want to (play).”

Other FHS seniors are tailback/defensive back Michael Wright, kicker Thomas Riddle, quarterback Nick French, defensive back Ben Parsons, defensive back/receiver Blake White, linebacker/tight end Court Courtney, linebacker/receiver Tyler Ladd, linebacker Brandon Bragg, offensive linemen Robert Facklam and defensive tackle Tommy Lawhorn.


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