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No. 6 Ads rout HHS; Bearden next

Farragut had 50 points before Heritage had one first down.

That says it all.

Rebounding from a tough 20-17 loss at perennial power Riverdale the week before and relinquishing its No. 1 Class 6A state ranking, the now No. 6-ranked Ads simply toyed with the Mountaineers.

Scoring on every possession — seven touchdowns, one field goal — Farragut destroyed District 4-AAA foe Heritage 50-7 during Homecoming 2009 at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Friday, Oct. 2.

The Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3) didn’t record a first down until, against Farragut back-ups, a 16-yard run with 4:40 left in the game. A one-yard TD run on the game’s final play prevented a shutout.

“I felt like pre-game we were really relaxed, and we knew what the goal was and we came out to show everybody what Farragut is,” said Lee Van Dyne, standout wide receiver and back-up quarterback.

Next up for the Admirals is the annual showdown with No. 2-state ranked Bearden. The Bulldogs (6-1, 2-1), coming off a 38-0 loss to District 4-AAA rival and perennial power No. 5 Maryville, will host the Admirals at Bill Young Field beginning with a 7:30 p.m. opening kickoff Friday, Oct. 9.

Against Heritage, Farragut (5-1. 3-0) marched 57 yards in just four plays on its first possession.

DeAndre Purty dashed 27 yards followed by a 16-yard Reese Browning to Van Dyne pass. Montre Hudson ran for eight before Browning, scooping up an errant snap out of the shotgun, rolled right and found Braden Urevick in the near corner of the end zone for six points.

The next TD drive went 49 yards, following another short HHS punt, and took just four plays. Purty ran for 17 before Hudson raced for 20 to the Heritage 3.

“I’m finally 100 percent I think; it’s going to be a fun rest of the year,” said Hudson, a running back beset by numerous injuries since early last season severely limiting the junior’s playing time. “It’s been tough and very stressful, one after another, ankle sprain, M-C-L tear, hamstring problems and a lot of other stuff.”

Purty scored from the 8. It was 13-0 with 4:42 left in the first.

About his fellow offensive linemen rebuilding as a unit in 2009, senior Jacob Gilliam said, “We started out the season with a freshman and a sophomore and a junior starting … We didn’t have very much leadership.

“But we’ve pulled it together and, now, we’re a very comprehensive unit and we’re definitely taking it to every team.”

A 3-yard punt left the Admirals just 26 yards to make it 20-0.

David Allen caught a 23-yard pass and Purty ended things with a 1-yard TD run. It was 21-0 with 1:54 still left in the first quarter.

The next FHS touchdown went 55 yards, starting with a 35-yard Van Dyne reception and ended with Van Dyne’s 20-yard scoring catch over the middle with 18.7 seconds left in the quarter.

Taino Perez got into the scoring act with a 57-yard punt return. The junior headed right down the sideline, then cut diagonally at the HHS 45 and scored with 10:50 left in the half.

Next was a 68-yard TD drive featuring a 15-yard Chris Bass run, Hudson racing for 12 and a 10-yard Van Dyne pass to Urevick.

“Chris Bass, he’s a senior running back that probably would start somewhere else,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “He gets out there and he gives it everything he’s got.”

Van Dyne ran the final three making it 41-0. Christian Ponce, who converted five extra points, tacked on a 45-yard field goal with 6:55 left in the third quarter.

Cody Rule, FHS third string quarterback, set up the field goal with a 33-yard run after nimbly avoiding a sack.

The final Ads scoring drive was 76 yards, highlighted by a 12-yard Ben Colwell run and Rule’s 10-yard pass to Garrett Bowdle. Zack Hannay 6-yard TD run came with 5:43 left in the game.

Urevick picked off an HHS pass. Minus-yardage stops included a 13-yard quarterback sack from Kevin Sellers and hits from Gabe White and Brooks Harper.
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