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Five straight against OR
Ads rally for dramatic OT win versus Oak Ridge


Just when it seemed “Anchors Away” needed to be replaced by “Leg Cramps Please Go Away,” the Farragut Admirals found a magical cure to put Oak Ridge away last Friday.

Junior safety Jacob Johnson drifted to his right in overtime to make a leaping, one-handed interception in the end zone as the final play of a thrilling 24-21 comeback victory at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field — Farragut’s fifth straight against ORHS.

“I looked down and knew I got one foot in,” said Johnson, who made the dazzling interception despite a bulky cast to protect a broken left thumb. “I am not trying to downsize my best friend [Braden Urevick], but I knew they were going to try and throw over him just because of how short he is [5-foot-6].”

The pass had been lobbed towards the back pylon and Johnson’s right foot barely landed in bounds. After tumbling out-of-bounds while cradling the ball with his right hand, he bounced up and sprinted past midfield with the cast raised in the air like an Olympic runner with a torch.


He snuffed out a second-and-goal from the 15 after OR had just lost five yards on a fumbled pitch.

Backup defensive back Andrew Tindal had solid coverage against a taller receiver. Tindal had just replaced Bao Nguyen, who hobbled to the sidelines with cramps. Nguyen was receiving treatment when the game ended.

“It was the biggest catch I have ever made,” said Johnson, who also rushed for 31 yards on six carries. “I was just happy to get a win and we are getting ready for Catholic now.”

The Fighting Irish (1-0) will host the Ads (1-1) Friday night, Sept. 3. Opening kickoff is 7:30.

Urevick played wide receiver like he was 10-feet tall and had a school-record 12 receptions for 170 yards, including a 75-yard dash after a short slant pattern.

The 150-pound Urevick torched a blitz on the first play from scrimmage after OR pulled ahead 14-7 midway through the fourth quarter. He caught a perfect pass from junior Cody Rule, raced down the sideline and eluded a defender at the 10.

“The play actually is designed to go to the other side,” Urevick said. “I have a backslide slant and the corner was playing six to eight yards off.

“So, Cody found me and threw a perfect pass — right in the chest. I just made a play.”

Rule said, “He just turned on the jets and scored. It was a big play for us.”

On the Ads’ final drive in regulation, Urevick also had a diving 9-yard reception on fourth-and-7.

On the next play, Rule raced around left end for a 12-yard score with just 38 seconds left.

King’s pressure-packed conversion made it 21-21 after a good snap from Josh Hensley and hold by Nguyen.

Urevick started the drive with a 30-yard catch over the middle, but left the game briefly with cramps.

On the next play, Ben Colwell caught one for 15 yards.

“We say we are the hardest working team in the state and we had a great week of practice,” Urevick said. “The seniors put everything they had in it. Cody Rule put everything he had in it.”

Farragut went first in overtime and King calmly supplied the winning points with a 23-yard field.

Sending all four kickoffs into the end zone, King also had a 56-yard punt.

Farragut, outgaining the Wildcats in total yards 407 to 266, still had to regroup after trailing 7-0 at halftime while missing three field goals.

It remained that way going into the fourth quarter.

Perez took a snap from shotgun formation and used a nifty fake to score on a 20-yard keeper. Miguel Aranda and Colwell had excellent downfield blocks.

“Every time we play Oak Ridge it’s a great game, “ said Perez, who had a team-high 74 yards rushing on nine carries plus a 21-yard punt return. “We had big players step up at big times. ... Everybody — especially the offensive line — did it when we needed and that is going to carry us this year.”

The offensive line also features Bobby Fricks, Daniel Knipp, Brett Dockery, Paddy Doucette and Jimbo Boyd. Aranda also recovered a fumble.

The Ads defense was led by Brooks Harper, Robbie Leonard and Kevin Joyce.

Eddie Courtney, FHS head coach, said, “We are very thankful and very grateful for this win — I promise you.”

 

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