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FHS No. 2 in region as rivals await
State playoffs a longshot for struggling Oak Ridge; rematch looms with ’Dawgs

Securing second-place in Region 2-5A with a 28-0 win at Soddy-Daisy last Friday, the Farragut Admirals (6-3, 5-1) are looking down the barrel of a gun loaded with two familiar rivals.

First comes the surprising struggles of annual nemesis and perennial power Oak Ridge, a team the Admirals haven’t beaten since 1993 as an annual foe. Opening kickoff versus the ’Cats is 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

This season’s Wildcats are facing the almost unheard-of prospect of a non-winning season with a 5-4 overall record — and at 3-3 in the region will need a win at FHS plus a Heritage upset of William Blount to even make the Class 5A playoffs.

In case you’re curious, Farragut’s likely first-round TSSAA playoff opponent traveling to Bill Clabo Field Nov. 3 would be rival Bearden.

The Bulldogs, 6-3 overall and 3-2 in Region 1-5A, are in solid possession of third-place and a big favorite to beat Jefferson County Friday at BHS. Even with a loss, the Dawgs — assured of a playoff berth regardless — would still finish third unless Science Hill upsets the state’s No.1-ranked Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Indians.

Through it all, FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said his team isn’t talking up its chances of finally beating ORHS. “They really haven’t said much about Oak Ridge ... they’re taking it from the fact that we’ve gotta win for momentum going into the playoffs,” he said.

Against Soddy-Daisy, “that linebacking corps of [Shane] Reveiz, [Micah] Devan and [Will] Pearman all played real well, I was proud of that,” Courtney said, as the FHS defense held the Trojans to 77 total yards. Reveiz led with nine tackles, six solo and three minus-yardage stops. Devan and Pearman also had nine stops. Courtney also praised defensive linemen Adam Wigren, Jonathan Morrison, Jeff Jameson, Ty Canan and Nick Guess.

Tailback Andre´ Sterling rushed 24 times for 117 yards and two TDs, including a 33-yarder. Devan added a two-yard scoring run while Zach Allen caught a 12-yard TD pass from QB Michael Lawrence, who went 15 of 25 for 147 yards. Jacob Whatley caught six passes for 48 yards


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