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Sterling’s ‘306’ adds up to 36-35 at No. 4 WBHS


This time all the thrills happened within the 48 minutes of regulation time.

Farragut’s third dramatic finish in as many games — the first without double overtime — came down to an inexperience sophomore quarterback making just enough plays to win and two clutch defenders stopping a two-point conversion try three feet from a William Blount victory.


And Andre Sterling just being himself in what turned out to be a fourth-quarter track meet producing six touchdowns.

Sterling’s 73-yard touchdown run with 42.1 second to play broke a 29-29 tie, and gave the standout senior 306 yards on 35 carriers.

“It was amazing, that’s all I’ve got to say,” FHS offensive lineman Dominique Billingsley said of Sterling’s run following a 36-35 victory by the state’s No. 9-ranked Admirals at No. 4-ranked WBHS Friday, Oct. 5.

However, the suddenly mighty Governors responded with a 27-yard TD pass with only 10.6 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 36-35.

But then it was Jonathan Moskal and Micah Devan reaching WBHS’s lightning quick Darren Garner on a sweep right to stop the Gov junior at the 1 to insure a dramatic Ad victory.

Despite playing with “stingers” resulting in numb fingers and other aches, Moskal added about the two-point try, “I read run, read my key, saw ’em all coming at me, fought off a few blocks and kinda ran the guy towards the sidelines and eventually tackled him.

“I had a lot of help from behind.”

FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said, “It’s a great team win, it really is, because it’s a great football team we played.

“Andre had a great night,” the coach added about Sterling and his three TD runs, all in the second half, which started with a seven-yard scoring run.

Farragut (5-1 overall, 2-1 in Region 2-5A) grabbed its first lead, 21-15, on Sterling’s three-yard TD run with 11:17 to play.

Ironically, this began the Admirals’ three touchdown run the final frame with inexperience sophomore quarterback Reese Browning after starting quarterback Andrew Martland injured his right shoulder late in the third quarter.

Despite throwing what seemed to be a devastating interception in a 29-29 tie with 1:24 to play, Browning completed three key passes in a 71-yard, nine play scoring drive that put FHS up 29-22 with 6:20 showing. Key passes were 33 yards deep to Cody Harvey and a two-point conversion play action pass to Ty Canan.

“First of all, coach David Sweetland [offensive coordinator] does such a great job with the offense,” Courtney said about the smooth transition. “David has taught our quarterbacks what our offense is about, so when Reese got in there he was comfortable. There were only a couple of things we adjusted to.

“For him to step in there, we were proud of him for doing that,” Courtney added.

Browning said, “I was nervous, but my [offensive] line said I got nothing to worry about, just go out and do what I can.”

Farragut senior defensive end Jeff Jamison ended with eight tackles, seven of those solo that included four for minus yardage. “He had a heck of a game for us, he did a great job on defense,” Courtney said. “He was putting pressure on ’em all night.”

Defensive back Zach Allen led FHS with 12 total stops, nine solo. Will Pearman was next with 10, seven solo; Taylor Fry with nine total; Devan eight, seven solo, and Alex Encarnacion with six total.

“Taylor had a good game, and Zach Allen,” Courtney said. “Kent Reinhart, our nitro [nose guard], he’s done a great job. They’ve had to double-team him.” Reinhart had four total stops.

Cody Harvey recovered a WBHS fumbled punt.

Lee Van Dyne scored Farragut’s first touchdown from seven yards out in the second quarter, and ended with three carries for 24 yards.

Allen led Admiral receivers with five catches for 65 yards, followed by Harvey’s two for 44, Brady Evans’ two for 17 and David Allen’s one for six.

Martland finished 10 of 13 passing for 92 yards, winning the praise of Courtney. His quarterback sneak TD with 35.4 seconds left in the first half brought FHS to within 15-14 at the break. Browning was 2 of 7 for 49 yards.

“I’d say the best guess with a bruised shoulder like that, probably [out] one week,” Courtney said of Martland’s condition Sunday night, emphasizing a complete examination was due early this week (after press deadline).

William Blount’s record fell to 4-2 overall, 2-1 in 2-5A.

Farragut players celebrated the win by singing “Happy Birthday” to coach Courtney, who turned 54 last Friday.

“Thanks for the best birthday present I could have,” he said.

 

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