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Prelims to showdown
FHS prepares for trip to rival Bearden by crushing Heritage


With one eye on next week’s Sixth Annual U.S. Cellular How the West Was Won showdown at Bearden, Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney rested his standout tailback for the remaining 24 minutes of an eventual 38-6 blowout win against Heritage.

Yet Andre Sterling still managed 165 yards rushing and three touchdowns on only 10 carries — while having a 77-yard touchdown run nullified by a penalty — as the Admirals rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead on FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Friday, Sept 7.

The senior’s scoring runs were 66, 23 and nine yards.

It mattered little that Heritage (0-2 record) “showed us a bunch of different fronts than we were planning for in practice,” said FHS senior offensive lineman Evan Pittman, as the Ads’ improve to 3-0 (1-0 in Region 2-5A).

Meanwhile, Micah Devan was everywhere.

A senior linebacker, Devan once again led the Admiral defense, this time with 22 total tackles including two for minus yardage plus one interception.

As a kicker and punter, Devan nailed a 33-yard field goal, punted four times for a 41.5-yard average, was five-of-five on extra points and booted three kick-offs into the end zone for touchbacks.

Fellow FHS linebacker Will Pearman had 12 total stops, with teammate J.T. Doucette, also a linebacker, next with 11 tackles.

In addition to Zach Allen’s wide receiver duties, which included a 17-yard over-the-shoulder touchdown reception, the senior had eight tackles and two interceptions at defensive back. Alex Encarnacion recorded seven tackles and recovered a fumble.

“Our defense, I think, is doing the best it’s done in a while,” senior defensive end Josh Morrison said.

Admiral senior quarterback Andrew Martland completed 10-of-19 passes for 134 yards and the TD toss to Allen, and scored on a 33-yard option keep run. “Andrew Martland had another good night running our offense,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said.

Allen had three catches for 46 yards. Other targets were Lee Van Dyne (four catches for 60 yards), David Allen (two for 20), Cody Harvey (two for 20) and Brady Evans (one for nine).

“I’ve got to give that receiving corps credit, we were spreading it around,” Courtney said.

Other rushing efforts included Chris Bass (nine for 37 yards), Encarnacion (two for 25) and Allen (two for nine).

LOOKING TO BEARDEN

As for unbeaten Bearden (3-0), who’ll be awaiting the Admirals at Bearden Stadium Friday night, “They’re a senior team, most of them have started for two years, some of them three years now — they’re a good football team,” Courtney said. “Defensively they’re very sound, and their kids run to the football real well.

“Offensively, they’re balanced run and throw. I think it’s a match-up of two good football teams.”

 

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