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No. 1 makes the plays
Admirals avenge playoff loss to BHS with huge plays in 48-10 thumping

Farragut team unity took the form of Mohawk haircuts. Farragut’s 48-10 blowout of rival Bearden Friday night took several big play forms.

The state’s top-ranked Class 5A Admirals, now 4-0 overall, entertained the home folks at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field/Farragut Stadium with four touchdown plays of 67 yards or more that featured a pass, a run, an interception return and a kick-off return.

“This is a complete moral booster for our team,” said Alex Encarnacion, FHS senior defensive back/receiver who caught a 37-yard TD pass. “Every time we play Bearden, win or lose, we come together stronger as a team. I love it. It’s a great atmosphere. All these fans, and everyone is just so excited.

“It’s just the best feeling in the world.”

(Story first reported in Farragut First Edition at

Following the Bulldogs’ 28-14 Class 5A state quarterfinal victory against the Ads last December, there was extra motivation for revenge.

“All season we’ve been looking forward to playing Bearden,” said Lee Van Dyne, standout junior receiver who caught a 73-yard touchdown pass.

About all of Farragut’s big plays, FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said, “We needed that. … I thought the secondary did a real good job tonight. We didn’t blitz a lot, we allowed our front guys to kinda just play good, sound defense. ...”

Van Dyne added the key to success “was our outstanding quarterback Reese [Browning] putting the ball anywhere he wanted.”

Browning connected for three touchdown passes in all, completing 13-of-18 passes for 300 yards. That also included a 27-yard touchdown strike to junior David Allen.

Meanwhile, senior defensive back/runningback Trevoris Bogan scored on a 74-yard run and a 95-yard kickoff return.

“I want to give thanks to the Lord upstairs, if it wasn’t for Him there wouldn’t be no me,” Bogan said. “My line, they did an incredible job. My coach, too [David Sweetland, offensive coordinator] did a good job on offense preparing us for this.”

“Montre [Hudson] being injured on the sidelines inspired me, I was running for him,” Bogan added about his junior runningback counterpart. “Who knows, I might go down after a snap, so I have to play my hardest.”

Also making things exciting with long touchdowns was senior linebacker Terry Wheatley, whose 67-yard interception return for a touchdown put FHS up 14-0 with 7:09 left in the first quarter. He also was second on team in tackles with 10, joining senior defensive back Jonathan Moskal.

Saying some of his defenders got him fired up, Wheatley added, “We got the whole defense fired up. We’ve just got a great defense that keeps it all together and we’ve got a great team that keeps it all together.

“I think team unity is what we lacked last season.”

Sophomore linebacker Brooks Harper led FHS in tackles with 11. Encarnacion added eight stops.

Bearden’s record drops to 2-2. (See related story from the BHS perspective starting on page 15).

Van Dyne’s 73-yard scoring reception deep down the left sideline came less than four minutes into the game. That score was set up by Bogan’s interception of a long pass at the FHS 23.

Bogan’s 74-yard touchdown run, popping outside and racing down the left sideline, made it 21-0 with 6:19 left in the first half.

After a BHS field goal late in the quarter, the Ads needed less than a minute to respond with a TD dagger.

Browning’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Allen featured a couple of broken tackles down the right sideline by the Admiral junior receiver before nudging just inside the pylon with 1:09 left in the half.

Other key plays in the drive included a pair of Brady Evans receptions for 27 and 21 yards, and Van Dyne’s 26-yard catch. It was 28-3 at halftime.

Bogan wasted no time electrifying the FHS student section and anyone else in Admiral Blue, beginning the second half with his 95-yard kickoff return for six. The speedy senior veered from midfield down the left sideline.

Browning’s final big play was the TD toss to Encarnacion with 1:06 left in the third quarter.

That drive, covering 90 yards, was set up by a Moskal interception. Other key play on the drive were Evans’ 21-yard catch and a 17-yard Chris Bass run.

After a Bearden touchdown pass midway into the fourth quarter, Farragut’s second-string capped the night’s scoring.

Sophomore quarterback Dylan Moore led a 11-play, 80-yard drive ending with his 12-yard TD run around the left side on fourth-and-five with 2:12 remaining.

Other big plays on the drive included a Bass run of 12 yards and a Moore scamper of 14.

Dane Winborne, FHS junior defensive back, also had an interception. Admiral placekicker Brad Galloway converted five of six extra points, while teammate Christian Ponce was one-of-one on conversions.

Though Van Dyne injured his right ankle in the first half, Courtney said his standout junior should be ready when McMinn County comes to FHS for a Region 2-5A game Friday, Sept. 19. Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.


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