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Rush trio, ‘D’ rule
Hudson, Bogan, Purty, defense lead FHS to rout of West, 38-7

Andre Sterling who?

Farragut’s dynamic running trio of Motre Hudson, Trevoris Bogan and Deandre Purty may not literally make Admirals fans forget about Sterling’s four special years of huge yardage on the ground and dozens of touchdowns.

But it was one heck of an opening act, coming in the Admirals’ season-opening 38-7 romp of West in newly constructed Farragut Stadium at Bill Clabo Field, Friday, Aug. 22.

With 189 yards rushing in the first half alone, FHS was led by Hudson’s 113 before going out with a hamstring injury late in the second quarter.

Hudson could miss the next two games, though Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney expects him back no later than the Sept. 5 game at Heritage.

Purty, a junior transfer, added 94 total yards rushing, while Bogan, a two-way man also starting at cornerback, had 49 yards.

“We got our heads right, we got in the weight room, and thanks to our coaches we got out there and we just did what we had to do,” said Bogan, who also did yeoman work on punt returns: 16, 13 and 14 and 15 yards. An illegal block nullified his 29-yard return late in the second quarter.

About sharing time at runningback, “We’re all like brothers out here,” Bogan said. “We work together. We’ve got a new dude, Deandre, he’ll be good, Motre will be good. We have no problem sharing the ball.”

Courtney did not forget about his offensive line’s role in the ground game success. “I think it says what the offensive line did to open holes,” he said of center J.T. Doucette, guards Will Jackson and Marcus Jeter and tackles Andy Koonce and Matt Oglesby. “The offensive line is getting better, as a group I thought they played real well.”

Meanwhile, in building a 31-0 halftime lead, the Admirals’ defense did not allow a West first down. Defensive linemen Austin Bolen and Derek Harper joined linebacker Taylor Fry with first-half minus yardage stops.

“We’ve come out here and practiced hard, got in the weight room … after losing all those people [from 2007],” Bolen said. “We didn’t have a lot of people playing Friday nights last year, but we feel as a group we’re a lot closer and we communicate well.”

The Admirals’ first touchdown drive, 10-plays, 79-yards, was highlighted by a 20-yard pass from quarterback Reese Browning to Justin Schoonmaker, a 16-yard pass to Lee Van Dyne and Hudson capping things with an 11-yard TD run with 53.8 seconds left in the first quarter.

Farragut’s second touchdown added dramatic and acrobatic flair.

After a Hudson 15-yard run, FHS converted on 4th-and-14 when Van Dyne went over a defender and snagged Browning’s 27-yard deep end zone pass along the sideline for six points, making it 14-0 at the 9:56 mark of the second quarter.

Alex Encarnacion’s interception at the WHS 26 was quickly converted, as Purdy went up the middle almost untouched for a 26-yard TD and a 21-0 lead.

Farragut’s offense poured it on. On the next FHS possession, Hudson turned third-and-long into an 18-yard first down run. A 13-yard pass to tight-end Derek Harper and a 22-yard Bogan run set up Browning’s one-yard QB sneak to make it 28-0 with 3:23 left in the first half.

Farragut final touchdown, culminating a 54-yard, nine-play TD drive in the third quarter, was highlighted by Purdy’s 37-yard run and ended with another Browning one-yard QB sneak for six.

Brad Galloway added all five FHS extra points, while junior placekicker Christian Ponce nailed a 33-yard field goal with 3.8 seconds left in the first half for a 31-0 edge.

Jonathan Moskal, FHS senior safety, recovered a fumble, as did sophomore linebacker Brooks Harper.

Courtney also praised the running of junior Tyler Bradley, who gained all of his yards in the third and fourth quarters.

FHS travels to Central to face the Bobcats (0-1) Friday, Aug. 29. Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.


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