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Pass-perfect Ad rout
Browning praises line, receivers for 14-of-14 night; FHS rips Central


Reese Browning and his receivers couldn’t miss Friday night.

Browning, Farragut junior quarterback, was a perfect 14-of-14 passing for 271 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Admirals to a 45-21 rout of Central Friday, Aug. 29, at CHS’s Dan Y. Boring Stadium/Joel Helton Field.

But when it came to dishing out credit, Browning shouted out, “O-line, great game” during the team’s post-game huddle to honor his offensive line’s pass protection.

“They came out and they played great, knocked ’em off the ball right from the start, gave me all day to throw,” Browning said moments later to reporters. “The receivers were making great catches.”


With six of those completions covering 20 yards or more, Browning found receiver David Allen on TD catches of 30 and seven yards, as Allen ended with six catches for 106 yards. Lee Van Dyne caught a 51-yard scoring pass and ended with four receptions for 103 yards. Tight-end Derek Harper hauled in a 25-yard TD toss.

Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney labeled Browning “a great leader out there for us … everybody wants to rally around him,” while praising his receivers’ “timing, and catching the ball with their hands” and offensive line coach Rusty Partin for “doing a good job.

“Those seven or eight guys are working real well as a unit,” Courtney added about offensive linemen Andy Koonce, Matt Oglesby, Marcus Jeter, Jacob Gilliam, Kevin Sellers, J.T. Doucette and Bobby Fricks.

Ironically missing Friday was All-state senior Will Jackson, who was held out for “precautionary” reasons due to a “nick on his knee,” said Courtney, who assured that Jackson “definitely” would be back next week at Heritage.

The Ads’ explosive passing attack — along with timely runs from junior D’Andre Purty and an opportune defense — allowed FHS to build a 32-7 halftime advantage. Browning and most FHS starters were out of the game midway into the third quarter.

Purty, meanwhile, rushed for 108 yards on 11 carries.

Allen praised offensive coordinator David Sweetland for “a good scheme set up for us this week. Our offense clicked, our O-line blocked well, runningbacks did well, quarterbacks.”

But defense got the scoring started, courtesy FHS linebacker Alex Encarnacion and his blocked punt. The senior almost simultaneously blocked and scooped the ball near the goal line for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead at the 9:48 mark of the opening quarter.

Browning’s 29-yard pass to Allen keyed a 57-yard, six-play drive on Farragut’s first offensive possession, set up by an interception from senior safety Jonathan Moskal. Browning scored on a six-yard bootleg run to make it 12-0 with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter.

Defensively, senior linebacker Taylor Fry led in tackles with 10, followed by Brooks Harper with nine, including two for minus yardage and one sack, Terry Wheatley seven and Moskal six.

Central (0-2 record) did answer thanks largely to the running of senior tailback Jamie Wilson, which included runs of 25 and 18 yards keying an 80-yard, 11-play drive. Wilson scored on a fourth-and-one run off-tackle from four yards out, cutting the lead to 12-7 at the 11:55 mark of the half.

“I would say we came off kinda slow at the start, the line wasn’t getting the push that we needed,” Moskal said. “Everybody seemed kinda sluggish. But toward the end of the first quarter we got that ‘ump’ and we started stopping the ball, our speed starting kicking in like the last game [38-7 win versus West].”

The Ads wasted no time answering back.

A 77-yard, four-play drive was highlighted by Browning’s 20-yard strike to Van Dyne and capped with the 25-yard TD toss to a wide-open Harper over the middle. Brad Galloway’s extra-point made it 19-7 with 8:30 left in the half.

Thanks largely to a 41-yard Wilson run, Central drove to the FHS 21 before stalling. A 43-yard field-goal attempt was faked, with Wilson’s end-around option pass incomplete at the 4:16 mark.

Farragut again rolled to paydirt, as its 72-yard, seven-play drive was highlighted by a 29-yard Browning to Allen connection, an 11-yard Purty run and ending with a seven-yard TD toss to Allen with 1:27 showing in the half.

Trevoris Bogan’s interception at the FHS 35 with 38.7 seconds left preceded a 20-yard Browning-to-Van Dyne strike setting up a 30-yard Browning-to-Allen TD hook-up with only 16 ticks showing.

The Ads kept pouring it on to begin the third quarter, needing only three plays. Marching 71 yards, Browning found Van Dyne wide open over the middle deep for a 51-yard TD strike at the 10:47 mark, making it 38-7.

Still more FHS offense saw Purty reel off a 28-yard run, a Winborne 21-yard catch and Purty capping things off with a score from six yards out. Galloway made it 45-7 with 6:39 left in the third.

Dane Winborne added two catches for 30 yards while Encarnacion had one for seven.

Danny Vest, FHS senior defensive end, recovered a fumble.

Farragut kicker Christian Ponce had three kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

 

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