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Ads blow huge lead, fall to No. 2 Rebels

For the second time this season, Farragut lost a football game when its defense couldn’t force the opponent to punt in the second half.

But this particular opponent, perennial power and No. 2 state-ranked Class 6A Maryville, had to rally from a 24-7 deficit late in the first half in this District 4-AAA showdown.

Two Ads fourth quarter interceptions made it all the easier for MHS, setting up 14 points in a 35-32 Maryville win on FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Friday, Oct. 16.

The loss also snapped the Farragut program’s 30-game home winning streak.

“We played pretty good the first half, and we made plays in the third quarter, but I commend them in the fourth quarter, because they made plays,” said FHS head coach Eddie Courtney, whose No. 9–state-ranked Ads fall to 6-2 overall, 4-1 in district. “We just didn’t make enough plays in the fourth quarter.”

Maryville, with seven state championships in the former Class 4A division since 2000, improves to 7-1 overall while taking control of 4-AAA at 5-0.

With MHS quarterback Philip Juhlin and various skill position teammates coming up big with crisp second-half execution, Farragut scored on a fourth-and-three 15-yard TD pass from Reese Browning to David Allen, tying it 7-7 with 5:50 left in the first quarter.

“Lee [Van Dyne], David Allen and Braden Urevick, all those guys made catches when we had to have them,” Courtney said.

After a Christian Ponce 32-yard field goal, DeAndre Purty’s 57-yard scoring run put Farragut up 17-7 with 7:57 left in the first half. “Oh gosh, DeAndre ran so hard tonight,” Courtney said.

FHS senior defensive end Gabe White recovered a Rebels fumble at the FHS 35. Van Dyne caught a 22-yard pass to the MHS 5, and Purty scored from the 2, upping the FHS lead to 24-7 with 1:29 left in the half.
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