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The latest tune-up is over, so Farragut’s biggest challenge of the 2008 football season awaits next Friday at Ooltewah.

Though No. 9-ranked Ooltewah (5-1) will host the state’s No. 1-ranked Class AAA Admirals, Farragut didn’t looking too far ahead.

The Ads ripped Region 2-5A rival Bradley Central 44-13 Friday, Oct. 10, on Homecoming Night at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field. While Farragut stayed perfect at 7-0, 4-0 in region, Bradley dropped to 3-5, 0-4.

Ahead 14-7 late in the first quarter, Farragut essentially put the game away when Alex Encarnacion recovered a bad pitch fumble and rambled untouched 52 yards making it 21-7 with 1:17 left in the first.

It would end up 41-7 by halftime.

“I think our minds were in the right spots,” said Encarnacion, a senior linebacker/defensive back. “In the past we’ve had trouble getting ready in the first quarter, but obviously tonight we kinda took it to ’em early.”

As for the Owls next week, “They’re an aggressive team like we are, they like to hit, they’ve got great athletes,” Encarnacion said, adding that because Ooltewah knocked FHS out of the 2006 state tourney — quarterfinals — “I think we have some revenge for ’em over at their place.

“We’re going to try and take it like another regular season game,” Encarnacion added.

DeAndre Purty, Admiral junior running back, got things started off well. His 35-yard touchdown run opened the scoring at the 8:24 mark. On its next possession, FHS marched 62 yards in five plays capped by Purty’s 30-yard TD scamper with 5:19 left in the quarter, making it 14-0. Purty ended with 101 yards on nine carries.

Brady Evans’ 14-yard reception from quarterback Reese Browning also aided the drive.

Browning capped a 38-yard drive, set up by a short punt, with a 33-yard scoring strike to tight-end Derek Harper, who got loose over the middle with 11:16 left in the half. It was 28-7.

“We knew after we got down 13-0 last week [versus William Blount] that we didn’t want to come out and have to come back again,” Browning said about not overlooking the Bears. “We just wanted to lay it to ’em right from the get-go.”

Browning finished 8-of-11 passing for 123 yards, giving way in the second half to junior Dylan Moore, who ended 3-of-5 for 19 yards and one touchdown.

A 32-yard Evans catch and 16-yard reception by junior Lee Van Dyne set up Purty’s 1-yard touchdown run making it 34-7 at the 3:55 mark of the first half.

On the ensuing kickoff, a fumbled Bradley return was recovered by FHS senior linebacker/defensive back Jonathan Moskal, who ran nine-yards to the Bear 11.

Moore rolled right and found Nathan Gibson in the near corner of the end zone, as Gibson managed to keep his feet inside the pylon for a 9-yard TD with 2:37 left it the half. Gibson ended with three catches for 26 yards.

Chris Bass, junior running back, added 46 yards on nine carries.

FHS junior placekicker Christian Ponce, 6-of-7 on extra points, added a 32-yard field goal with 11:09 left in the game.

Farragut kickoff specialist Logan Whitman had one kickoff reach the end zone and several that were close.

Danny Vest, FHS senior defensive back, ended the game with an interception and 25-yard return.

Hitting the road No. 1-ranked against a high-caliber opponent, Browning said, “It’s a lot of pressure, but I know my teammates are going to back me up, and we’re all going to back each other up, so it’s not too bad.”

With lots of speed and six starters back on each side of the ball from its 2007 2-5A runner-up team, Ooltewah “is probably the most athletic team we’ve faced to this point,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “Very complete offensively and defensively.”

Offensively, “They have the speed to get outside,” Courtney said of the Owls. “And they’ll run some misdirection and they’ll run power stuff right at you. They have a balanced offense. ... Their quarterback’s back, and I think they have three offensive linemen back.”

Defensively out of its 43 alignment, the Owls are “very fast up front,” Courtney said.

Will Jackson, FHS senior All-state offensive guard and Georgia Tech commitment, also looked ahead to Ooltewah.

“Ever since I’ve been in high school they’ve been a great team, one of the top one or two teams in the region every year,” he said. “They’re full of athletes, real physical up front. When it’s Ooltewah Week you’ve got to come ready to practice and get prepared for it.

“They’ve always been fast … that’s one thing that I’ve always remembered playing ’em my sophomore year, starting down there,” Jackson added. “The playoffs, when we lost, they just run to the ball and they make things happen. They’re full of athletes.”

Opening kickoff at OHS is 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 17.


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