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FHS must learn to ‘finish’ the job: Rule

With a perfectly timed bye week to reflect and regroup, Farragut High School might want to adopt a golden rule in football.

Finish it.

Come to think of it, junior quarterback Cody Rule has some very sound advice: “we can play great at times — we just need to finish it.”

Amid more problems in the kicking game, the Admirals let a two-touchdown lead slip away in a hard-fought 21-18 loss at Knoxville Catholic Friday, Sept. 3.

The fact both teams finished tied in touchdowns — with three apiece — wasn't much consolation.

Or was it?

“To be honest, I wouldn't change a thing for the world,” said Rule, whose running carried Farragut to a 12-0 halftime lead. “Even though we lost, we were still giving out 110 percent.

“When I looked into everyone's eyes in the huddle, I knew they wanted to get it just as bad as I did,” he added. “We just couldn't get it done this time. We've got a whole two weeks to prepare for our next game (at home against West Thursday, Sept. 16).

As often seems to be the case, the scoreboard told the whole story. It reflected upon a failed PAT and a blocked PAT. Farragut also fumbled twice on pooch kickoffs, but recovered both.

All in all ... “It's very disappointing because we spend a lot of time on the kicking game,” said FHS head coach Eddie Courtney, who has tried three different holders in as many games. “The snaps most of the times have been pretty good. We thought going into the season that part would be very solid for us. We just have to keep working at it and get better.”

After a slow start, Farragut had the upper hand after Rule's touchdown runs of 27 yards and 1 yard. He rushed for a game-high 170 yards on 15 attempts, mostly on misdirection plays from the shotgun formation in the first half.

He also had gains of 54 and 20 yards and accounted for 229 of the team's 348 total yards.

The Irish rallied for a 14-12 lead before Jacob Johnson almost duplicated his game-winning feat against Oak Ridge.

Only this time it wasn't an end-zone interception to end the game. Johnson gained the bulk of his 71 yards in the second half and his 2-yard carry gave the Ads an 18-14 lead with just under six minutes to play.

The conversion woes continued when a 2-point running play was stopped.

“All of our guys play their heart out and we had a bunch of people tired,” said Madison Brown, whose 31-yard reception set up the second TD. “There's no question in my mind that everyone gave 100 percent out there. ... [Catholic] just got back in the game and all the credit goes to them.”

Brown also broke up two passes, as did Garrett Bowdle. Zach Hannay had a couple of big hits.

Farragut received a boost from the determined running of Montre Hudson, who had 35 yards on 10 carries.

Taino Perez rushed for 20 yards on just two carries and was flipped upside down by one tackler. Perez also had an interception and recovered two fumbles.

Offensive lineman Miguel Aranda hustled downfield to recover a fumble and keep a scoring drive alive.

Catholic’s highly regarded offensive line did not allow a sack and the passing game suddenly began to click.

“I think this is going to turn into a great rivalry,” Ads linebacker Brooks Harper said. “The second half we just didn't get it done defensively.

“I am sure practice is going to be pretty tough during this open week, but we're always striving to get better,” he added. “We're never satisfied.”

It was the first game since Farragut overcame miscues on three field goal attempts in a 24-21 overtime victory against Oak Ridge.

Record-wise, the Ads (1-2) seem to be living on a razor's edge. It could just as easily be 0-3 or 2-1.

Even the 28-7 loss at Dobyns-Bennett in Week Zero was closer than the score indicates.


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