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Admirals’ swarming defense, balanced rushing rip McMinn

ATHENS — Between all the tackles the Reveiz brothers had — two young men among a swarm of Farragut High School defenders harassing McMinn all night — the Moore-Sterling tandem was chewing up the rushing yards.

It all added up to an easy 31-0 Region 2-5A victory against the winless Cherokees (0-4) Friday, Sept. 16.

"First, I think we’re a better football team than them," said junior linebacker Shane Reveiz, who had 13 solo and assisted tackles combined. The Admirals allowed McMinn’s wing-T offense just 129 total yards.

"I think we just came out hard, you know. … I just think we overpowered ’em the whole time and we just came out ready to play, you know. We wanted to dominate this team and we did.. We killed ’em up and down the field. … we broke their spirit.

"We just wanted to come out here and prove we’re the number one team in our region."

Senior linebacker Nick Reveiz led with 16 total stops, including three for minus yardage and one sack, followed by defensive back Zach Allen, defensive lineman Adam Baxter and linebacker Brandon Besola with seven tackles each. Baxter and Besola each had a pair of minus-yardage stops.

Allen set up Farragut’s second touchdown with an interception and 33-yard return to the MCHS 1.

Senior defensive back Steven Moon added, "It was effort, we chased after the ball, we intercepted passes, we read our keys, we played the whole game the way it should be played. We chased after the ball and made tackles, pursuit.

"Defense is at its height right now, we’re playing the best defense we’ve played, so far this year — in all the years that I’ve played — this is by far the best unit of defense I’ve played on."

FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said his team worked hard during practice on learning how to defend the wing-T attack.

"You had to be physical and take some things away from ’em, and I feel like our defense did that tonight,” he said. “I’m glad the way our guys got in position to make plays … It’s good to be three-and-one now, two-and-O in the region."

Offensively, senior tailback Nick Moore led in yardage with 142 rushes on 23 attempts and one touchdown, a 7-yarder.

But sophomore Andre Sterling was close in yardage (138 on 15 attempts) while scoring on TD runs of one and 15 yards.

Nick Reveiz added a one-yard TD run, while placekicker Patrick Ladd booted a 26-yard field goal.

"We had a good gameplan, we came in well prepared for their defense … pretty much following the blocks and getting the yards," Moore said, adding that after watching film of McMinn, "We kinda isolated on their [line]backers."

From the coach’s view, "I think our offensive line has gotten better each week, getting a little bit more physical, getting a good push up front, and that’s helping our backs," Courtney said of offensive linemen Michael Hoag and David Bernard (tackles), center Dylan Young and guard Shaun Smith along with rotating guards Brandon Lazarus and Chris Ivey.

Through the air, quarterbacks Tyler Powell and Michael Lawrence combined to complete 6 of 10 passes for 44 yards.

Lee Travis, Marcus Huie and Pedi Hashemian each had two catches for a combined 44 yards.

Tony Milazzo punted twice for a 36.5 average.


The Courtney clan will be split come Friday night at Bill Clabo Field when the Admirals host Powell (3-2 record).

Geoff Courtney, FHS senior receiver and defensive back, will square off against his first cousin, Jay Courtney, Powell senior runningback and safety on defense. The two were born one day apart.

“Yeah, we’re pretty close, we keep in touch on the phone,” Geoff Courtney said. “I’ve hung out with him a couple of times this summer on the lake.”

For all their closeness, “we grew up playing on different teams and we’ve never actually played each other,” Geoff Courtney said.

As for any communication, “I’ll probably keep in touch with him throughout the season, but not this week.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


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