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The Catch, then domination
No. 5 Ads use freak TD pass as fuel to rip BHS; Rebs next

Farragut’s “Hail Mary” prayer was answered on the last play of the first half — and from there domination was all navy blue and gray.

Braden Urevick caught a 43-yard touchdown pass off a deflection in the end zone, thrown up for grabs as time ran out in the first half, for a 21-17 FHS lead at the break versus rival Bearden.

The state’s No. 5-ranked Admirals totally dominated the second half, moving the ball in big chunks while holding BHS scoreless, for a resounding 42-17 victory at BHS’s Bill Young Field. The game resumed Saturday evening, Oct. 10, after weather postponement Friday.

The FHS win was the program’s 10th versus Bearden in the last 11 games beginning in 2002. The Admirals’ regular season win streak versus BHS improves to eight straight.

About his momentum-changing deflection catch for six points, Urevick said he scored on the “Iron Man” play, which sends three receivers to the left side of the end zone. “My job is to stay back and catch the tip from Lee Van Dyne, ’cause he’s obviously taller,” he said. “I was just fortunate.”

Hurling that final first half pass, FHS senior quarterback Reese Browning ended up passing for 363 yards, as Farragut’s record improves to 6-1 overall, 4-0 in District 4-AAA. Bearden loses its second straight and falls to 5-2, 2-2.

“I saw Lee breaking open and I just tried to hit him with it,” Browning said. “It tipped up and Braden made a great play.”

Brooks Harper, Farragut junior middle linebacker, said the momentum from the Hail Mary TD “helped us greatly.”

A wild back-and-forth offensive slugfest in the remaining 19-plus minutes of the first half, which began at the 5:28 mark of the first quarter with No. 9 Bearden first-and-10 at the FHS 18, saw scoring on every possession.

While never punting in the resumed portion of the first half, the Admirals owned the final 24 minutes on both sides of the ball.

“The no-huddle offense really worked,” Urevick said. “They couldn’t figure it out.”

FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said the team’s offense success “started with our receivers,” also including David Allen and Brad Galloway. “... And our offensive line had great protection.”

Van Dyne’s 38-yard kickoff return began the third quarter and ignited a 58-yard TD drive.

DeAndre Purty’s 20-yard run, breaking tackles up the gut before cutting outside to the right, and Montre Hudson’s 16-yard run preceded Browning hitting Urevick for an 11-yard TD pass with 9:51 left in the third quarter. It was 28-17.

Forcing Bearden’s offense into a three-and-out and taking advantage of a short punt, Farragut’s offense took over at midfield.

Courtney said his defense got away from “stunting” defensive linemen in the second half and “went back to basic football ... we were trying to press too much on some things and giving up some plays by doing that.”

Zach Simmons, FHS senior nose guard, said his defense “finally started playing as a unit. We were just trying to do our own thing in the first half.”

An apparent 31-yard Browning to Van Dyne touchdown pass wasn’t to be, as Van Dyne made the catch but was stripped of the ball just before crossing the goal-line.

Bearden recovered, but the choice to run the fumble out of the end zone left BHS at its own 1.

Farragut’s defense stiffened, and the Admirals took over at Bearden’s 43. Purty’s 5-yard TD run at the 3:05 mark of the third quarter made it 35-17.

The Admirals then went 79 yards to salt away victory.

Two Browning-to-Van Dyne passes, 14 and 19 yards, preceded Van Dyne 34-yard sliding catch deep. Chris Bass scored from five yards out with 9:08 left in the game.

Bearden QB Kyle Riemer’s 2-yard TD run on third-and-goal provided the game’s first points with 3:08 left in the first quarter.

The Ads responded quickly. Allen’s 20-yard catch over the middle landed FHS at the Bearden 19.

Farragut tied the game on Browning’s 7-yard roll out TD pass to Allen on third and goal with 10:22 left in the first half.

Down 10-7, Farragut counterpunched with an 80-yard scoring drive. Van Dyne’s 32-yard diving catch landed FHS at the Bulldogs’ 18. A 16-yard Urevick catch set up Purty’s 2-yard scoring run, giving Farragut its first lead, 14-10, with 2:55 left in the half.

Senior kicker Christian Ponce converted six extra points and put six kickoffs into the end zone.

Next up is mighty Maryville, No. 3 state-ranked in Class 6A, in a showdown of District 4-AAA leaders at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16.
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