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Passing, DB skills sharpened as Farragut whips Oak Ridge

Senior quarterback Tyler Powell said Farragut High School’s participation in the 2005 Air Attack Passing League will help shore up a weakness in the FHS offense.

“One thing we’ve struggled with in the past, as everyone knows from last year, [is] the passing game,” said Powell, whose Admirals finished third among an eight-team field following a 6-0 victory against rival Oak Ridge Friday, July 22, at Webb School’s Faust Field.

“We’ve been really picking it up this year, we’re a whole lot further ahead this year than we were last year,” Powell added.

“We have a lot of guys back this year, everybody’s hanging out. A lot of team unity. ... A lot of times on Saturday mornings a lot of the guys will call each other up and just go down and just throw the ball around, work on our routes, work on our game.”

Before this year, “We’d just do what we did in practice and then go and that would be it,” Powell said. “But this year everybody’s really committed to getting better, working a lot harder to be better.”

Against ORHS, Powell hit senior receiver Marcus Huie in stride deep down the middle for a 35-yard touchdown pass with three minutes to play for the game’s only points.

Farragut then held the Wildcats on downs without a first down. Quarterback Michael Lawrence came in and completed two clutch first-down passes, which allowed FHS to run out the clock.

FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said this was his team’s first flag football experience “in about six years,” adding, “I think it was good to come over here because we got to work on our offense a lot. When we put pads on [Aug. 1] we’ll have a little bit more of our passing game in. We played three to four quarterbacks all week over here. We tried to play all of our kids, just get in a week of practice. Of course, you want to win, we got a good win over Oak Ridge here.”

Defensively, Jarrod Pitt’s two interceptions, one in the end-zone to kill Oak Ridge’s first drive of the game, highlighting an Admiral defensive effort which pitched a shutout against one of East Tennessee’s top football programs.

Pitt apparently learned his lesson quickly after getting burned on a long pass against Seymour two days before. His late-game interception set up FHS’s winning score against the Eagles.

“It’s just giving me experience for my game,” Pitt said. “In Cover-Two, we just started that, you can’t let anything behind you. Just stay focused and not let anything get behind me. ... and reading the quarterback’s eyes.”

Sophomore quarterback Andrew Martland had his shining moment Wednesday, July 20, in leading the Admirals back from 15-0 second-half deficit to beat Seymour 16-15.

Martland’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Lee Travis cut the deficit to 15-8 with five minutes to play in the second of two 20-minute halves.

Following Pitt’s interception near midfield, Martland hit Nick Reveiz for 11 yards and Huie for seven before Reveiz’s diving TD catch with 1: 05 to play. The second of two 25-yard two-point conversion kicks from Patrick Ladd put FHS ahead for good.

Travis’ touchdown reception from Lawrence was Farragut’s only score in a 23-8 loss to eventual tourney runner-up and host Webb Thursday, July 21.


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