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Just who’s taking whom to dinner?

While Farragut senior standout runningback Andre Sterling has offered to treat his top six offensive linemen to dinner for helping him compile more than 1,600 yards in eight games, at least one Ad blocker tips his hat to Sterling.

Meanwhile, every bit of Sterling’s 203 yards rushing and one touchdown was needed as Region 2-5A rival Ooltewah almost rallied from an 18-point deficit midway into the fourth quarter before falling 44-41 Friday, Oct. 19, at Bill Clabo Field.

The state’s No. 4-ranked Admirals stay in a three-way tie with Oak Ridge and William Blount atop the region, each at 4-1, as Farragut improves to 7-1 overall. The Owls fall to 6-2, 3-2.

“It makes our job easier knowing that if we give him a little bit of a seam, he’s going to bust it,” FHS center Dylan Young said. “The relationship between the O-line and him is great. He compliments us all the time, telling us we’re doing a great job. He took us out to dinner last year.”

This year? “We’re working on it,” Young added. “Maybe if we got the region championship, he’ll take us out.”

Sterling returned the compliment, praising the lane-clearing efforts of Young, guards Dominique Billingsley and James Harrill, and tackles Will Jackson, Brett Courtney and Evan Pittman.

“They’re playing their hearts out, I’m so proud of ’em,” Sterling said.

As for dinner, “I’ve been telling them every week, ‘I’ll treat you,’ they’ve got to decide when to go.”

Farragut quarterback Andrew Martland, back after missing the Bradley Central game with a separated A-C joint in his right shoulder, was 7-of-13 passing for 89 yards and three touchdowns.

Admiral head coach Eddie Courtney praised Martland “for the way he ran the offense.” Martland also rushed nine times for 70 yards and one TD.

Zach Allen, praised by coach Courtney for “another good game” at receiver and safety, hauled in a 24-yard TD pass.

Lee Van Dyne erased Owl momentum with a 96-yard kickoff return, while also grabbing a 15-yard TD pass.

Austin Bolen recorded his first-ever varsity touchdown, a three-yard pass from Martland on fourth down midway into the fourth quarter. Cody Harvey and Brady Evans each had one catch.

Coach Courtney said he was impressed with the lightning quickness and speed of OHS senior runningback Brian Marshall, who had scoring runs of 64 and 58 yards — five TDs in all.

Allen led the Ad defense with nine stops, while Micah Devan, J.T. Doucette and Harvey each had five. Doucette’s interception and 18-yard return set up a TD.

Brandon Hylton, Taylor Fry and Jeff Jameson each had four stops. Coach Courtney said Jameson “made big plays when we needed to have them.”

Encarnacion, Ty Canan and Josh Morrison had three each, Will Pearman, Jonathan Moskal and Trevoris Bogan two apiece and Dane Lovell one tackle.

Bogan also had 24-yard kickoff return. Devan nailed a 38-yard field goal and five extra-points.


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