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FHS boys in region
Boys end regular season beating Sevier Co., West

Another case of wearing ’em down.

As first reported in Farragut First Edition, Feb. 11, Farragut’s boys earned the No. 2 seed for the District 4-AAA Tournament, and a region berth, by pulling away in the fourth quarter to whip Sevier County 49-35 in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

The Admirals, 23-5 overall while finishing 10-4 in district, automatically earn a Region 2-AAA berth and play the survivor between the No. 3, 6 and 7 seeds beginning at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in the District 4-AAA Tournament semi-finals at Sevier County High School in Sevierville. The championship game tips-off around 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25.

On FHS Senior Night, the Admirals capped off its regular season at home with a 69-55 win against West Thursday, Feb. 12, led by 6-foot-9 senior post Sam Watson’s 28 points. More on this game later in this story.


“We kinda wore ’em down, we’re just a little bit deeper than they were,” said FHS head coach Donald Dodgen, whose team led only 32-29 after three quarters. “It was a sloppy game, but a good defensive game. … I don’t think we [played] offense real well tonight. We made some shots there at the end.”

Senior forward Nate Clark led the Admirals with 11 points followed by Watson’s nine. Jonathan Moore added eight, Ben Mixer seven, Wayman McLaughlin and Reese Browning six apiece and Austin Bolen two.

Kent Benjamin’s 13 points led Sevier County (12-13).

Three-point baskets by McLaughlin and Clark, two rebound baskets by Clark and two baskets by Mixer added up to a 15-2 run and a 47-31 lead with 3:12 to play.

Dodgen said McLaughlin’s basket “was big,” adding Bolen “gives you a steady game.”

Mixer, a 6-foot-10 senior post, said in the fourth quarter his team “just decided to play, and showed up, and everybody did a great job of rotating the ball. We started getting shots that we wanted and got the ball inside.”

Moore, a senior point guard, said about the game, “The only factor we had was defense, we decided to play hard on defense because our offense wasn’t really doing it for us in the first half.”

Reflecting on the district regular season, Moore said, “A lot of people came into the season seeing us as an underdog, and then we just showed ’em we came together as a team. We played well in the end.”

FHS 69 WEST 55

Clark scored 10 against the Rebels, with Moore and Browning each adding seven and Landon Hunley tossing in five.


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