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Still a special year for FHS Freshman football despite loss
Ooltewah ends young Admirals’ attempt at perfect season, Region 2-5A title, with resounding 52-12 win

ATHENS — dominant regular season for the Farragut High School Freshmen football team, unbeaten at 8-0, hit a sour note Saturday against Ooltewah in the Region 2-5A championship game at McMinn County High School.

Despite a 52-12 loss, “We had a great year, we really didn’t play any close games,” FHS head coach Benny Lyle said of a season highlighted by beating Bearden 38-28 then blanking Oak Ridge 20-0. “This team’s not use to losing, so this hurts worse than normal.”

“Beating Bearden and Oak Ridge is always a highlight for us,” Lyle added.

The coach said “one highlight individually” this season came from tailback Lee Van Dyne against BHS. Van Dyne compiled 400 yards in rushing, pass receiving and kickoff returns, “which was unbelievable.”

Offensively as a team, “We had good balance all year, threw the ball a lot, ran the ball a lot,” Lyle added. “These kids made plays.”


Tyler Bradley’s five-yard TD run early in the second quarter cut the OHS lead to 8-6, taking advantage of a fumble recovery to go 32 yards in seven plays.

Trailing by only six, 14-8, at the half despite giving up a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the first quarter, Farragut’s back was broke by a 70–yard kickoff return to begin the second half.

“We just didn’t play very well, made a lot of mistakes,” Lyle said. “They’re a very good football team.”

Down 30-6 midway into the third period, the Admirals marched 80 yards in 19 plays ending with a 5-yard scoring pass from quarterback Reese Browning to Nathan Gibson. Key plays in the drive were runs of 13 and 10 yards from Bradley, a 10-yard Van Dyne run and three Browning passes to Chris Bass totaling 26 yards.

Defensive lineman Nick Williams recovered a fumble, while defensive back David Allen saved a touchdown on a long Owl run during a drive in which FHS linebacker Hunter Jent recovered a fumble at the FHS 3 with less than a minute to play in the first half.


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