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Cockiness, poor execution, speed cited in Central’s 34-7 victory


The stat sheets seem to reflect a fairly close game between Farragut and Central: 339 total yards for the Bobcats, 290 for FHS.

But head coach Joel Helton’s perennial Class 4A powerhouse CHS program, 2006 Edition, had more big plays and fewer breakdowns — and perhaps more team speed — rolling past the Ads 34-7 Friday, Aug. 25, in Central’s Dan Y. Boring Stadium.

Many Bobcat yards came on touchdowns runs of 36, 39 and 43 yards, plus a 34-yard TD pass.

References to mental and physical breakdowns, namely overconfidence, were prominent from a couple of FHS senior leaders, while Admiral skipper Eddie Courtney pointed to poor preparation.

They all agreed on one thing: Central is fast.

“Yeah, they were fast, but that doesn’t make up for the way we played tonight,” senior quarterback Michael Lawrence said. “We didn’t execute. We shot ourselves in the foot. I take the blame, being the quarterback and the leader of this offense.”

As for being ready for its Region 2-5A opener at Heritage Friday, Sept. 1, “I guarantee you, next week we’ll be out at Heritage, and that scoreboard’s going to look a lot different,” the FHS quarterback said.

As for mentality, “I think we were a little cocky,” Lawrence said. “I think we thought we’d come here and just, our talent, our size, our physicalness is just going to take care of exceptional speed, but we didn’t account for that. I think this is a nice reality check for our team.”

Strategically, “Their defensive ends, especially number four [Orlando Balir], we could not seal ’em off, he was in our face every play,” said Lawrence, who faced constant pressure from the CHS pass rush. He finished 4 of 10 passing for only six yards, but scored on a 4-yard run.

Backup Andrew Martland ignited Farragut’s most exciting play, tossing a 56-yard completion.

Much of Farragut’s offense came from junior tailback Andre’ Sterling, who ran 24 times for 126 yards.

Senior tight-end/fullback Nick Guess said, “We just didn’t show up, we didn’t come to play. “They were fast. ...”

Senior nose tackle Adam Wigren said, “I think we just didn’t come to play, we thought we had an easy game, we thought we had it in the bag. We got too pumped up and didn’t get focused enough. We didn’t execute and follow our techniques. ... We lost ourselves. There’s just some things we need to work on, our formations, our dropbacks.

“We wouldn’t make gang tackles, we wouldn’t pursue to the ball,” Wigren added. “Some people, myself included, wouldn’t follow the ball to the end of the play and they’d break tackles.”

Defensively, linebackers Shane Reveiz (12 total tackles) and Micah Devan (nine total) led the FHS defense, along with safety Jeremy Walker (seven total).

As for the coach, “I thought we were ready to play but we weren’t, I take blame for that,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said.

“They didn’t do anything we didn’t expect them to do, that’s the offense they’ve run for years,” Courtney said. “The bottom line is blocking and tackling, we didn’t block good enough, we didn’t tackle good enough.”

 

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