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Line, QB play better as Blue-Gray caps spring

Improvement in the offensive line and at quarterback was noted as Farragut spring practice concluded with the annual Blue and Gray Wednesday, May 16.

“I felt like we made a lot of progress this spring as a football team,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “We’re certainly a much better football team. I think our team’s coming together.”

Offensively, Farragut’s attack will begin and end with the play of rising senior standout tailback Andre´ Sterling, who scored on runs of 55 and 70 yards for the Gray (first team offense) in a 24-18 Gray victory.

Though concerned early-on in spring drills about his “young” offensive line, Courtney said his starting O-line is “much improved. ... Hopefully by the time we report back in August we’ll have a little depth in the offensive line.”

Rising senior center Dylan Young, perhaps the hub of 2007’s O-line, missed spring drills “cleaning up an old knee injury. There was no damage done,” Courtney said. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Young is expected to be 100 percent by August.

Rising junior guard Will Jackson “had a good spring,” Courtney said.

Elsewhere, “I think Andrew Martland [senior] and Reese Browning [sophomore] both had a good spring,” Courtney said about his top quarterbacks.

Scrambling frequently, Martland had runs of 32 and 30 yards plus a seven-yard option TD keeper for the Gray.

As for his passing, “I’ve been throwing during the school year in the mornings,” Martland said. “And I’ve been doing some meetings, so my knowledge of the game has gotten a lot better.”

As for strategy, “we’ve put more of a spread offense in and it could be really dangerous because we have so many weapons at wide receiver,” Martland added.

Lee Van Dyne recovered a Martland fumble in the end zone for the other Gray score.

The coach also praised senior cornerback/wide receiver Bran-don Hylton, who finished off the Blue-Gray game with a pair of TD catches from Browning of 35 and 20 yards for the Blue.

Wideout Trevoris Bogan also caught a short Blue team TD pass from Browning.

Other Browning passes went to Ben Danchak (30 yards), Sam Mowery (40), Bogan (35) and Nathan Gibson (20 and 27 yards).

Defensively for the Blue (first team), rising senior linebacker Micah Devan said the 2007 FHS defense, although smaller than last season, has “become a lot faster this year. We don't’ have a lot of size up front.”

Elsewhere, “our corners are definitely doing well,” he added. “All around we’re a lot better.”


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