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Admirals seal victory over Ridgers
Farragut/Bearden redux 7 p.m., Friday

Maybe having lots of fun was the key to ending 12 seasons of Oak Ridge dominance against Farragut in high school football.

Maybe all the fun was due to mud-bath conditions at FHS’s rain-soaked Bill Clabo Field.

“This is probably the most fun game I’ve ever played in,” FHS standout senior linebacker Shane Reveiz said after the Admirals’ 17-6 win against the Wildcats, ending a 15-game ORHS winning streak from 1994 through 2005. “Our defense got so pumped up, in practice we were just killing people.”

Reveiz led the Farragut defense with 14 total tackles, 11 solo with three of those for minus yardage. The Wildcats were held to 185 yards of total offense for the game, though the Admirals — with only four yards passing — were held to 130.

Scoreless at halftime with pouring rain rendering the offenses almost helpless in the last six minutes of the second quarter, Farragut made three huge special teams plays in the third quarter to set itself up for victory.

And Reveiz had a hand in two of those, literally, partially blocking two punts to set up both touchdowns. The Wildcats also failed to convert a fake punt deep in FHS territory, setting up a field goal.

A 19-yard scoring drive was capped by Andre´ Sterling’s nine-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal to make it 7-0 with Robert Fisher’s extra point at the 5:57 mark of the third quarter. Sterling ended with 106 yards on 21 carries.

“We knew the first team to score basically had the upper hand,” said Chris Eggert, FHS senior wide receiver, adding that the win is “a monkey off the back, a great way to go into the playoffs. There was a lot of talk going into this week about not beating them in a few years.

“We got lucky when we scored the first time and got the momentum. I wasn’t expecting anyone to score seventeen points.”

As for the field condition, “We were not expecting it to be that bad,” Eggert said.

Finishing 7-3 overall and at 6-1 in Region 2-5A earning second place for the TSSAA first round playoffs, Farragut will host a familiar foe Friday night, Nov. 3. Archrival Bearden, third in Region 1-5A at 4-2, 7-3 overall, invades Bill Clabo Field for a 7 p.m. opening kickoff (see related story, page 13). The Admirals have won the last six meetings, including a 27-14 victory at FHS Sept. 8.

Reportedly suffering its first non-winning season since 1993, the Wildcats end the season out of the Class 5A playoffs with at 5-5 overall, 3-4 in Region 2-5A.

According to FHS football historian Clyde Floyd, this is only Farragut’s fifth win versus ORHS in a series played annually, except for a couple of seasons, since 1977.

FHS senior fullback Nick Guess said, “It’s great to finally beat ’em, they’ve beaten us so many times over the years.

About the field conditions, “Sometimes you’d stick your foot in the mud and it wouldn’t come out.”

“It was extremely exciting, it was fun,” senior offensive lineman Michael Hoag said. “You come into this game [thinking] are we ever going to get a win, and we finally did. Hopefully it’ll start a new streak of wins for us.”

Reveiz can take special pride within his own family. “My coach said I’ve got one up on my brother,” he said in reference to his brother Nick Reveiz, former All-state Admiral and UT football freshman walk-on. “I’m just so happy because this team ended our season last year, a big heartbreaker last year.”

About the weather, “It was pretty frustrating, we had troubles getting the snap down,” Hoag said in reference to Farragut’s pair of lost fumbles on center-quarterback exchanges on its first two series.”

To help solve the problem, “We had our center and quarterback change pants at halftime,” Hoag said.

Todd Ivey’s interception of a pass partially deflected at the line of scrimmage bailed out the FHS offense following one of those fumbles that left ORHS at the Farragut 23.

Defensive back Andrew Martland’s interception and 53-yard return killed another Oak Ridge scoring drive that had reached the FHS 29.

On its first series of the game, the Wildcats faked a punt from their own 20 on fourth-and-10 with an 11-yard pass for a first down.

But going to the well a second time failed midway into the third quarter, as a fake punt lateral on fourth-and-seven at the ORHS 33 was smothered by Jeff Jameson at the 23.

“We were leery a little bit about them faking a punt,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said.

Fisher converted a 37-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 2:26 left in the third quarter.

Another partially blocked punt by Reveiz gave FHS the ball at the Oak Ridge 20, where a 10-yard Sterling carry keyed a five-play scoring drive. Sterling’s two-yard TD run made it 17-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.

“I’m just proud of the way our kids played tonight in these weather conditions and showed a lot of character on their part,” Courtney said. “People forget that we lost fifteen starters off last year’s team, and nine of those have moved on playing college football. … I’m proud of their effort.”

The Wildcats avoided a shutout when Robert Singleton scampered 50 yards for a touchdown with 9.9 seconds to play in the game.

Linebacker Micah Devan ended with 11 tackles, nine solo, with a quarterback sack. Will Pearman had 11 total stops, three solo, while nose guard Adam Wigren recorded seven tackles, four solo, with two of those for minus yardage.

Oak Ridge came throwing early and often in the first quarter.

“We weren’t expecting as much passing as they did,” Reveiz said. “I think we did a good job with that. We had to focus up and adjust to a lot of their passing.

Courtney added, “I knew they could throw the ball, I just wasn’t sure how much in these weather conditions they’d throw. I’m just glad our defensive backs and linebackers played good coverage and we put pressure on from the guys up front.”

Because of the conditions, “It was going to be a field position game,” Courtney said. “That’s why we got more aggressive on our punt blocks because twenty or thirty yards was going to be big in this game.

“Between the thirties in the middle it was really muddy, you weren’t going to get much in that. Field position, I think that’s what were both into tonight.”


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