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Region 2-5A top is tight as No. 4 FHS routs Bears

On paper, Bradley Central figured to be a light gridiron appetizer for Farragut sandwiched between a tough four-game stretch from mid-September to late October.

Light enough, in reality, for standout runningback Andre Sterling to take a half-night off, rushing for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the state’s No. 4-ranked Admirals built a 35-0 lead at the break.

Lots of youngsters on the FHS depth chart saw extended varsity action under the Friday night lights, highlighted by sophomore starting quarterback Reese Browning, as Farragut (6-1) breezed past the lowly Bears 49-7 Friday, Oct. 12, at BCHS.

“Reese Browning, you have to give him credit, he came in and threw four touchdown passes and ran the offense well,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said of Browning, who in his first career varsity start completed 12 of 15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns.

“Zach Allen had another big night for us, both ways [receiver and safety].”

Farragut is now 3-1 in Region 2-5A, good enough for a four-way tie with No. 5 state-ranked William Blount, No. 7 Oak Ridge and Ooltewah. Farragut will host the Ooltewah Owls (6-1 overall) Friday, Oct. 19, at Bill Clabo Field. Opening kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

After a 21-yard Sterling TD run made it 7-0 after one frame, the Admirals hit paydirt four times in 12 minutes: Zach Allen’s 38-yard scoring reception, Sterling’s 15-yard TD run, Zach Allen’s 20-yard touchdown catch and Brady Evans’ 33-yard TD grab.

Micah Devan converted all five extra points.

Lee Van Dyne’s 19-yard scoring run made it 41-0, then sophomore Brad Galloway converted what Courtney “thought” was his first varsity placekicking conversion.

David Allen’s 25-yard touchdown reception came in the final quarter, with Galloway again converting the point.

Van Dyne ended with 89 yards on seven carries, while Chris Bass rushed 13 times for 52 yards.

Zach Allen led in receptions with four covering 79 yards, followed by Van Dyne’s two for 38. David Allen had two for 30, Cody Harvey two for 17, Alex Encarnacion one for five and Evans’ 33-yard TD reception.

Defensively, Zach Allen, a safety, led with nine total tackles plus an interception and 66-yard return. Jeff Jameson added eight, including one sack and two others for minus yardage. Devan recorded seven, including an interception. Ty Canan had six, including a sack and one other minus yardage hit. Canan also recovered a fumble.

Other tacklers: Danny Vest, six; Dan Lovell five; Will Pearman and Taylor Fry four each; Josh Morrison three, plus a fumble recovery; J.T. Doucette and Cody Harvey three each.

Kent Rinehart had two, plus a blocked field goal attempt. Alex Johnson, Encarnacion and Brandon Hylton had two each.

Bradley falls to 0-4, 2-5.


Looking ahead to Ooltewah, “It all starts with their tailback,” Courtney said of the elusive Brian Marshall, who gave FHS fits twice last season as the Owls beat Farragut twice, knocking them out of the Class 5A playoffs in the quarterfinal round. “He’s a really good football player.”

Offensively, “They’re an I formation and spread-gun team,” Courtney said, adding, “I’ll tell you what, they’re impressive up front on the offensive and defensive lines. Very big and physical.”

As for the tight region race, “These final three weeks are going to be exciting,” Courtney said, adding “there cannot be” a stronger Class 5A region in the state


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