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Big challenge ahead versus 12-0 Ooltewah in TSSAA quarterfinals

Minus its senior quarterback and offensive leader, Farragut faces a tall order Friday against what many think is Tennessee’s top team in Class 5A.

With quarterback Michael Lawrence’s career over after breaking his collarbone against William Blount, the Admirals (9-3) once again head to Ooltewah to face the unbeaten Owls (12-0) in the TSSAA state quarterfinals.

Opening kickoff is 7 p.m.

Losing at OHS 30-28 Oct. 13, “It doesn’t look any different than when we first played ’em, the most balanced team we’ve played as far as running and throwing,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “The tailback [Brian Marshall, 183 yards versus FHS in game one] and fullback [Sean Sanders] are both involved in the running game.”

In addition to experienced quarterback Jeremy Woods, “They have three really good receivers,” Courtney said.

As for attacking the OHS defense, “We’ve got to find a way to keep them from penetrating and getting into our backfield like they did in the first game,” Courtney said. “They stunted quite a bit against us in the first game.”

Missing Lawrence, who passed for 281 yards and two TDs against Ooltewah, may be especially critical because the Owl defense limited standout junior tailback André Sterling to 98 yards on 28 carries.

Junior Andrew Martland, formerly a starting wide receiver and safety, will get the call at quarterback. Relieving Lawrence in the first quarter last Friday, Martland was 2-of-6 passing for 29 yards in FHS’s 21-7 win versus William Blount. It was his first vital playing time ever as a varsity quarterback.

“Our passing’s not as good as it could be because we don’t really have an experienced quarterback, but Andrew’s going to get the job done,” Sterling said. “We’ve just got to keep motivating each other.”

Courtney added, “We’ve just got to get the ball to André and the fullback [Devan], and Andrew can certainly run and can do some play-action stuff and sprint-out stuff. I think we’ll be O-K. He’s a good athlete and he’s confident.”


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