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Owl soup or wiser Ooltewah team?
Second-round playoff game another rematch of FHS previous win

These are not your 35-7 Ooltewah Owls coming to Bill Clabo Field Friday night for the second round of the TSSAA state football playoffs versus Farragut.

Opening kickoff for this rematch of a 35-7 Admiral blowout victory Oct. 14 is 7 p.m. The Owls, with a 9-2 overall record and No. 4 seed from Region 2-5A, escaped with a 20-17 overtime victory at state power Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett last week. Farragut, meanwhile, has already escaped one bid for revenge by edging archrival Bearden with a late touchdown, 21-17, in the opening round last week. FHS is also 9-2.

Admiral senior defensive back and wide receiver Marcus Huie said that four weeks after the FHS blowout against the Owls, “The difference is, they’ll want a whole lot of revenge on us. We saw it on film, we knew they were a whole lot better team than that. We were kinda shocked ourselves that we beat ’em that bad.

“But we know they’re going to come better prepared, better schemes on defense and offense,” Huie added. “They know our weakness on offense, they know our weakness on defense. So, I suspect the game will kinda be close this time.”

The Owls ended the regular season strong with a dramatic comeback win to upset state power Oak Ridge, 42-37, the very next week after the FHS debacle.

“We saw the film, Ooltewah and Oak Ridge, and we saw a completely different team in the second half,” Huie said, adding that “everybody was making tackles, you see the whole defense tackling against Oak Ridge.”

Offensively, “They just played with emotion, they knew they could come back and score points.

“The whole different thing from what I saw, Ooltewah, they played with more heart that last ten minutes and realized they could come back and beat Oak Ridge,” Huie added. “I saw [Dwayne] Caldwell really kinda started the whole spark,” creating a fumble following a “leveling” hit.

“Caldwell [also a standout tailback] can do it on both sides of the ball.”

FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said, “I know in the Oak Ridge game, Oak Ridge had three turnovers in the second half. On every one of those, Ooltewah was able to take the ball and move it in a few plays later and score off of it.”

And unlike their meeting Oct. 14 at Bill Clabo Field when the Admirals scored 28 unanswered points in the second-half, “They’re not making the mistakes they made in our game,” Courtney said. “Offensively they’re just producing a little bit better and taking care of the football.

Unlike its 13 penalties agains BHS, “We can’t make that many penalties and expect to win a game,” he said. “I guess it’s a fact that we weren’t focusing the way we should have in that game.”

As opposed to the hype of last week’s Bearden-Farragut rematch in the first round, “I think our kids will settle down and play,” Courtney said

The FHS skipper adds that in order to slow down Caldwell and have success defensively, “We’ve gotta do a little bit better job in our pursuit angles than we did the last two weeks.

“We’ve just kinda gotten out of fundamental things that we’ve done well earlier in the year. That’s a correctable thing, and we still have great effort.”


Courtney said Farragut senior nose guard Brent Harkins, out with a high ankle sprain since late in the regular season, “should be ready this week.”

The FHS skipper added that all other Admirals should be healthy enough to play against Ooltewah.


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