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Opening ‘W’
Several Ads step up, KD-B Indians go down


Senior quarterback Reese Browning, recovering from a broken leg, not only played but seemed to light a spark when entering in the third series for Farragut against Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Friday night.

But as first reported Aug. 21 in Farragut First Edition (www.farragutpress.com), the Ads had several sparks in a 26-8 season-opening win at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field — out-gaining the Indians in total yards 464 to 149.

Factor in DeAndre Purty’s 126 yards rushing (17 attempts) and one touchdown, an offensive line that “grew up,” starting quarterback Lee Van Dyne’s “unselfishness” and a Farragut defensive line leading the way in holding the Indians to just one touchdown.

Purty said, “I was glad to have Reese back, and then Montre [Hudson, running back], too. When Reese came back out in the second half throwing the ball, that kinda opened it up for us to run the ball.”


FHS head coach Eddie Courtney complemented center Bobby Fricks, tackles Jacob Gilliam and Brett Dockery (freshman) and guards Kevin Sellers and Miguel Aranda (plus Daniel Knipp, Tommy Mann and Scott Vance off the bench).

“Offensively, our offensive line grew up tonight ... that’s the biggest concern that we had,” Courtney said.

“And I can’t say enough about our running backs and the unselfish play of Lee Van Dyne playing quarterback (1-of-1 passing, 19-yard touchdown run). And we got Reese in there for three series.”

About playing Browning — which Courtney said he doubted would happen one week earlier — “He’s worked real hard to get back to this point. I think it inspired our team.

“When we came down the hill before the game he was really inspiring everybody. I could see it in his eyes, if we could get him in there a couple of series, it would be good for him and the team.”

Browning finished 4-of-7 for 92 yards, but his first pass — a sideline catch by Van Dyne — turned into a 55-yard play to set up FHS’s first touchdown.

About playing, Browning said, “It feels awesome … a little nerve-wracking. I feel I’m kinda protecting [injured leg], but that’ll probably go away in a couple of weeks.”

Hudson (37 yards including a 9-yard touchdown run) and Taino Perez (18 yards) also contributed out of the backfield in crunch time.

The Admirals defense “was very aggressive tonight,” Courtney said. “We had to make sure we tackled and contained [Charles] Sensabaugh because he’s a very good running back.”

Farragut held Sensabaugh and the KDB running game to 83 yards on 32 carries.

As he’s done throughout fall practice, Courtney again praised his defensive line. “Those four guys playing our three down people [nose guard, defensive ends], Greg Grieco, Gabe White, Tyler Bradley and Zach Simmons, those four guys really kept pressure on Kingsport.”

Linebacker Ryan Walker led Farragut in total tackles with eight, White and linebacker Thomas Jackson adding seven each and Grieco six.

Jackson said, “Their quarterback [David Roup] was good, but we were really keying on their running back [Sensabaugh] the whole week, just focusing in on really just shutting him down because he’s the majority of their offense.”

Grieco said about his team, “The fire was great coming out of the locker room, we were just so pumped up and ready to play.”

Farragut built a 9-0 halftime lead then pulled away in the third quarter, as Dobyns-Bennett failed to capitalize on two critical FHS mistakes in the first half.

Purty also had a 41-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.

Braden Urevich led the Admirals in receptions with three (25 yards).

Senior kicker Christian Ponce blasted five kickoffs into the end zone, a 22-yard field goal and three extra points.

Ads back-up quarterback Cody Rule and reserve running back Zack Hannay did most of the damage on a 73-yard drive that reached the KDB 2 before time ran out.

“I feel like we made some big steps tonight,” Courtney said. “And we got out of it healthy.”

 

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