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Admirals topple West 31-7
FHS cashes in on Rebels mistakes

Andrew Tindal’s eyes were almost as big as the hole the Farragut High School football team was determined to avoid.

Tindal pounced on a muffed punt at the West 23-yard-line and the Admirals needed just five plays before junior quarterback Cody Rule scored the decisive touchdown in a 31-7 victory. The District 4-AAA win enabled Farragut to even its record at 2-2, including 1-1 in league play.

Sophomore punter Jonathan King’s 48-yard punt sailed over the return man’s head.

The turnover surely made it easier for special teams coordinator Ryan Shoup to smile. The Ads assistant was hospitalized at Mercy West, where he was rushed just two days before the game. Instead of being in cardiac arrest, as initially feared, Shoup needed surgery to remove his gall bladder Sept. 17.

“I guess you know where the game ball is going,” heaed coach Eddie Courtney told his elated team afterwards.

A get well card might be in order for the Rebels kicking teams that muffed a punt and inexplicably mishandled kickoffs that were ruled down at the 5 and 6 yard lines. Farragut scored touchdowns after all three misplays.

“If we wanted to have any chance at the playoffs, this was the key game,” said senior linebacker Brooks Harper, who had 10 tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble and had a sack on a perfectly timed blitz.

West was limited to just two first downs after intermission and seven total.

“Brooks played like someone that has been a three-year starter, which he is,” Courtney said. “He is the leader of our defense.”

Rule, despite playing with extra padding due to a hairline fracture on his right leg, was virtually unstoppable near the goal-line.

He scored on runs of 4, 1 and 6 yards and also lobbed a 34-yard scoring strike to Braden Urevick on the Ads’ second offensive play.

It was 10-0 by intermission with King’s 21-yard field goal.

The Ads had plenty to smile about after forcing five turnovers. Also recovering fumbles were C.T. Leavell, Madison Brown, Robert Wrinkle and Clint Callahan.

Garrett Bowdle had an interception. Urevick had a team-high three catches for 61 yards, including two third-down conversions.

Montre Hudson led the team in rushing with 68 yards on 14 carries, including his season-high of 25 yards after breaking two tackles. Sophomore guard Brett Dockery had a nice block that occupied three defenders.

Senior lineman Bobby Fricks helped clear the way for running backs Taino Perez (50 yards), Jacob Johnson (31 yards) and Jordan Freeman (33 yards).

Madison Brown and Perez also had a reception, as did Jake Rees late in the game from King for a 15-yard gain.

The kicking game was nearly flawless thanks to long snapper Josh Hensley and holder Thomas Patton.

Although the Ads have won 34 of the past 35 home games, they will play host to perennial state power Riverdale, which has four state titles since 1994 while the Murfreesboro school finished runner-up five times. Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24.


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