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Regular season kickoff has ‘KOC’ warm-up
Farragut, CAK, Irish all excel in jamboree; Webb defense stout, Bearden has top efforts

Farragut romped and stomped, Christian Academy of Knoxville dominated, Knoxville Catholic edged Bearden with a couple of big plays and Webb School won everything but the scoreboard.

Such is the thumbnail summary of Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic 2008 Kick-Off Classic Friday, Aug. 15, at Bearden High School.

See farragutpress’ 2008 Football Preview section in this week’s issue for complete schedule of Week O games for all westside teams Friday, Aug. 22.


It was total Admiral dominance in the fourth period. Defensive back Dane Winborne recovered a fumble and the Admirals went 26 yards to make it 7-0. Montre Hudson’s 18-yard run set up an eight-yard TD pass from quarterback Reese Browning to tight-end Derek Harper at the 11:23 mark.

Among head coach Eddie Courtney’s four-back rotation, “Modre’s ahead right now,” Courtney said.

Hudson’s 30-yard run and Harper’s 17-yard catch highlighted the next FHS scoring drive, 61 yards, ended by Hudson’s 14-yard TD run with nine minutes left.

Though a Winborne interception and 21-yard return didn’t net points immediately, the Admirals scored for the third time as sophomore back-up quarterback Dylan Moore hit paydirt with an option keeper from 31 yards out at the 3:26 mark.

Ben Colwell’s 68-yard run with 1:16 remaining capped the scoring. Admiral placekickers Brad Galloway and Christian Ponce combined to go 4-of-4 on extra points.

Meanwhile, the Cherokees had 12 offensive plays where it either lost yards, gained no yards or committed a turnover. “I was proud of the effort we had tonight,” Courtney said. “This team has bought into being a team, we don’t have, like, stars. This group right here wants to really do it as a team. I think they’ve learned that the last two years.”

A new Admiral looking to become eligible is junior Deandre Purty, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound recent enrollee. “He’s a pretty good athlete, he’ll be another guy in the mix in the backfield, may play some linebacker for us,” Courtney said.


Turning back a BHS scoring threat early in the fifth and final period, Catholic marched 97 yards in nine plays on its second possession for the game’s only points. (See related picture/rendering, page 18).

Highlights were two Dorian Cozart runs totaling 31 yards and a 24-yard completion on fourth-and-14 from quarterback Tyler Williamson to Spencer Mackle, landing KCHS at the Bulldog 5.

Jordan Howanitz scored on the next play with 4:39 remaining, and Jarrod Julies added the extra point.

“I’m really happy with our progress, we’ve come a long way,” KCHS head coach Mark Pemberton said.

Jake Faris, Irish wide receiver, has been lost for the season with an ACL tear. “He was a big part of our offense,” Pemberton said.

Bearden’s offense highlights came mainly on its first possession: a 23-yard run from sophomore Devrin Young and a 16-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Potter to Aaron Archer.

The Bulldogs reached the KCHS 30 but were stopped after a deep pass on third-and-16 was not ruled defensive pass interference as BHS coaches pleaded.

”Ryan Potter’s been doing well just handling the offense and being a good leader for us,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said about his starting quarterback.

The BHS skipper added he was especially pleased with his linebacker play without naming individuals.

As for his offensive line, “That’s one area that I’d like to see ’em step up,” Taylor said. “The receivers are doing well for the most part.”


Scoring on its first two possessions, the Warriors marched 70 yards to open the first period highlighted by quarterback Michael Fromke’s 42-yard pass to Ryan Brooksbank, who made an over-the-shoulder grab.

After Keenan Kolinski’s 12-yard run, Fromke scored from one yard out at the 10:24 mark.

Fromke’s 36-yard screen pass to Kolinsky highlighted an 87-yard march that set up Matthew Warren’s 22-yard field goal with 2:12 to play.

Meanwhile, CAK’s defense stopped a Panther drive that reached the Warrior 8, losing the ball on downs. Warrior linebacker Jacob Duncan had a big minus-yardage stop late in that drive.

Another PHS drive was stalled by a Marcus Walker interception at the CAK 15 with 1:45 remaining.

Though graduation hit the Warriors hard entering 2008, head coach Rusty Bradley said, “We seem like we’re faster and stronger and a lot more physical than what we were last year.”

Individually, “Michael Fromke has just taken it to a whole other level,” Bradley said about his quarterback. “As a quarterback, he could end up being the best we’ve had.

“Kennan’s running really physical, and I’ve got six receivers that have just stepped up out of nowhere,” he added. “Defensively we’ve got two sophomore linebackers that are getting better every day. Young defensive linemen that are getting better.”


It appeared the Spartans might be bailed out of its scoreless third period tie late thanks to a Beaver roughing-the-passer penalty that kept a Webb drive alive and moved the ball to the KHS 33.

A Taino Perez 15-yard run that helped offset a five-yard penalty landed Webb at the Karns 23 in the closing seconds, but a 40-yard field goal as time expired was wide left.

Perez, a sophomore, also had a 13-yard run on the Spartans’ first possession.

Meanwhile, Webb’s defense allowed just one first down.

“We’ve looked good in scrimmages ... however, we didn’t get it done offensively,” said senior Josh Holdenried, defensive end/offensive lineman who had a handful of key tackles including one sack for minus-five yards. “Defensively, I think we’re doing good, you’ve got eight returning starters. We’re making plays defensively.

“We’re just going to forget about this,” he added. “We don’t see this as a tie. We should have won this game, and we plan on winning every game we play.”

Webb head coach Dave Meske said about his defense, “We’re where we thought we’d be. ... We thought we’d be stronger defensively than offensively starting off.”

But the Spartan passing game sputtered Friday. “We controlled the whole scrimmage, but we didn’t make plays on offense,” Meske said. “We haven’t done a good job at pass blocking.”


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