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BLOUNT COUNTY – Among all the groundbreaking acheivments — touchdowns, interceptions and field goals — by less experienced Farragut Admirals during the team’s eventual 44-15 drubbing of Heritage Sept. 1 were notes of gratitude.

Take Bryson Simpson, a senior cornerback whose 14-yard interception return for a touchdown – his first career interception and touchdown with the varsity Ads – came 11 minutes into Friday night’s Region 2-5A game at HHS to make it 7-0.

“I thank my defense ’cause they put pressure on the cornerback,” said Simpson, who benefited from a desperation fling as quarterback Dylan Morgan was about to be sacked. “I rushed to the ball and made a play. I read his eyes, the way he threw the ball. Just broke on it.”

Take Andrew Martland, a junior back-up quarterback who suddenly turned into a wide receiver during practice last week — a position Martland said he’s never played at any level. His 36-yard touchdown pass reception from quarterback Michael Lawrence with 11:17 left in the game, Martland’s first-ever varsity TD, made it 37-8.

“I was fortunate tonight, Michael [Lawrence] threw the passes where they needed to be,” said Martland, who also played defensive back for the first time ever Friday. “Without that I would not have gotten any catches tonight, so I want to thank Mike ’cause he really helped me out tonight.

Martland also had an eight-yard reception. “It was really exciting starting to work it, being successful tonight on the field,” he said. “Being the back-up quarterback, I knew I wasn’t going to get playing time, and I kinda wanted playing time.

“And [the coaches] said they thought I could make plays for the team, which I agreed with. [Last] week I did really good in practice, and was fortunate enough to get the start. I was really excited, but really nervous.”

Lawrence, whose two-yard quarterback sneak TD made it 14-0 with 20 seconds left in the first quarter, finished 6 of 10 passing for 61 yards and two touchdowns. The other passing score a two-yard TD flip to tight end Nick Guess with 32 seconds left in the second quarter making it 20-8.

Other firsts included Will Pearman’s first career interception — setting up a Lawrence’s TD sneak — and placekicker Robert Fisher’s first-ever field goal, coming from 44 yards out midway into the third quarter. That was in addition to Fisher converting 3-of-3 extra points. Michael Hornick converted one.

Sophomore tailback Trevoris Bogan collected his first-ever varsity touchdown, coming from 30 yards out with 42 seconds left in the game.

And then there were the old reliables such as junior tailback Andre’ Sterling (13 carries for 151 yards, including a 41-yard TD run in the third quarter) and senior linebacker Shane Reveiz, who led the FHS defense with 17 tackles, eight solo.

“I think we were mad about last week, and we wanted to come out and prove to everyone that last week was a fluke, and we wanted to play hard to show everyone that we’re a good team,” Reveiz said. “People that came [to the Central game, a 34-7 FHS loss Aug. 25] may have thought ‘Farragut’s on a down year.’ I think we came out strong and we wanted to prove a point to everyone tonight, we’re the best in the region.”

Nose guard Adam Wigren produced three minus-yardage stops as part of his nine-tackle game, six solo. Micah Devan added eight, five solo, with Pearman and Ty Canan each credited with seven tackles. Senior free safety Jeremy Walker also had an interception.

Among the big guys opening holes for Stewart and Bogan was senior Michael Hoag.

“It took us a little while to get in the flow, we prepared for their blitzes and stuff all week but they threw out a couple of blitzes we weren’t ready for,” Hoag said. “But we got adjusted on the sidelines ... we started clicking. With Andre’ running hard and everybody playing well, it just flows.”

Other top efforts included Ben Backstrom’s four kickoffs that sailed into the end zone.

Zach Allen caught two passes for five yards. Chris Eggert, who hauled in a 56-yard pass versus Central, had one catch for nine yards.


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