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No. 8 Ads rip Soddy, earn share of region crown

It was the Andre Sterling ground attack versus the Jared Dobbs air assault.

The only difference Friday night at Bill Clabo Field was that Sterling’s Farragut Admirals fielded a more balanced offense and a stiffer defense than Dobbs’ Soddy-Daisy Trojans.The result was a 49-27 victory by the state’ No. 8 state-ranked Admirals on FHS Senior night Oct. 20, led by Sterling’s 268 yards rushing on 31 carries and five touchdowns in a starting tailback role for the sophomore, replacing injured senior Nick Moore.

Farragut’s win improves its record to 8-1 overall and no worse than a share of the Region 2-5A championship with a perfect 6-0 record.

Next up is Blankenship Field for a region showdown — and No. 1 playoff seed at stake — with arch-rival and No. 6 state-ranked Oak Ridge (8-1, 5-1) Friday night. (See related story, page 15).

Despite 363 yards passing and three TD tosses from SDHS quarterback Dobbs, the Trojans did little to slow down Farragut’s 465 yards of total offense and saw its record fall to 4-5 overall, 2-4 in the region.

While Sterling offered to buy his offensive line dinner during the team’s post-game on-field huddle, his teammates and coaches returned the compliment.

"Andre's not the biggest person, like Nick [Moore], but he runs hard and he's got quite a bit of speed, it's fun blocking for 'em," said FHS fullback Micah Devan, who had three catches for 58 yards.

FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said, "We went to Andre about Wednesday, we told him that he was going to have to expect about twelve more carries than he's been getting because we felt like we just didn't want to risk Nick. Nick could have played (hip bruise), but we felt that wasn't a very smart thing tonight.”

Dobbs’ passing success, primarily to receivers Eric Atchley (208 yards) and Chris Ricketts (147), "Really surprised us … he's a real good athlete, he really helped 'em a lot," senior defensive back Brian Tipton said. "He's got an arm. They kinda picked on us a little bit, they tried to find out where we were weak.

"But we stepped it up and we got a lot done," Tipton added, as Farragut intercepted Dobbs three times. "It was tough because they've got some big receivers, most of their receivers are over six-feet and we don't have very tall defensive backs."

To help stop the Trojans, "Nick Reveiz, we really moved him around a lot, he really kept things in balance for us so we didn't have to gamble in other places," Courtney said. "Just his solid, steady play helped us a lot. We didn't have to risk some things."

Reveiz led the Ad defense with 13 total tackles, seven of which were solo, along with a sack and two other minus yardage stops.

Offensively, fullback Reveiz added a one-yard touchdown run.

Linebacker Steven Moon added nine tackles, five solo, and nose guard Brent Harkins had eight stops to go with an interception and nine-yard return.

Safety Geoff Courtney, linebacker Tony Manilla and defensive back Zach Allen each added seven. Nose guard Adam Wigren, defensive lineman T.J. Ensor and defensive back Marcus Huie each had six tackles.

Huie and fellow defensive back Lee Travis each had an interception and long return, Huie’s 48 yards and Travis’ 46.

Coach Courtney said he was a "little bit" concerned about his pass defense giving up so many yards and big plays.

“We tried to mix some coverages up, tried to mix some stunts up and stuff and he was doing a good job throwing the football on timing routes,” the coach said.

As for his own team’s weapons, "Micah Devan had another good night making catches — and also his blocking ability," coach Courtney said. "And our offensive line played well.

“And Tyler Powell the last two weeks has done a much better job of reading coverages and getting the ball and throwing it,” the coach added about his senior quarterback, who was 8 of 14 for 126 yards. “We're a little more balanced, that's where we need to be this time of year.”

Travis caught two for 39 yards, Huie two for 19 and Chris Eggert one for 10 yards.

"Zach Allen, a good athlete, we put him in there at second spot and he stepped up and played Andre's [normal] spot," Courtney added about his sophomore back-up tailback who scored on a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter while rushing three times for 55 yards.


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