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William Blount, FHS to battle for high loft in Region 2-5A race

Team speed, outstanding linebackers, a star runningback and a huge Region 25A upset under its belt.

That’s what the William Blount Governors have going for it according to Farragut High School head coach Eddie Courtney, as the Govs (3-2 overall, 2-0 in the region) prepare to host the Ads (4-1, 2-0) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

In addition, WBHS head coach Scott Meadows, who has turned around losing programs such as Sequoyah (Class 3A) in Madisonville in addition to winning a Class 2A state title at Alcoa in 2000, reportedly said this 2005 Gov team is one of the physically strongest high school teams he’s coached.

Already having traveled to Soddy Daisy to crush the Trojans 47-12, William Blount followed that up two weeks later with a stunning 28-21 upset of the state’s Class 5A No. 3-ranked Ooltewah Owls.

“Ooltewah looked like they had about four turnovers that killed ‘’em,” Courtney said. “William Blount did a good job on taking advantage.”

Offensively, “They run the wing-T, but they have a spread formation out of it,” Courtney said. “They’ve got a little speed in their offense.”

With experienced quarterback Lucas Wall, “they’re throwing the ball a lot more with him,” Courtney said, adding the Govs have about a 70-30 run-to-pass ratio.

Brad Walker, standout senior runningback/safety, “is pretty good,” Courtney said. “He’s got real good speed, he can run up inside he can also get outside on ‘ya.”

Darren Walker and Hamilton Borden headline the WBHS talented linebacking corps. “The are special, they run to the ball really well,” Courtney said.

Size-wise, “we’re about the same,” Courtney said of the teams’ comparison. “Of course, their center [Houston Rawls] is three-hundred pounds [6-foot-3]. Counting Rawls, WBHS has five linemen weighing 270 or more.


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