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Admirals survive
Dawgs fall six yards short in a 32-26 FHS win

Even in a storied rivalry, this game might have been a perfect 10.

When the clock finally clicked to all zeros, the outcome remained up in the air.


Farragut defensive back Braden Urevick rose to the occasion on a pass play just shy of the end zone after time had expired to preserve a hard-fought 32-26 victory versus archrival Bearden. It was typical of a game in which the 5-foot-6, 160-pound junior made at least four touchdown-saving plays.

The snap on Kyle Riemer's final pass, to his left, happened with just eight-tenths of a second remaining. He nearly connected with a sliding Tyler Callaway in the front of the end zone on the previous play.

As the ensuing celebration spilled onto Bill Clabo Field, hardly anything could console the Bulldogs.

“Farragut has a lot of heart — that's all I know,” said Bearden running back and Tennessee Vols commitment Devrin Young, who rushed for 245 yards on 29 carries and scored twice. “We've got a lot of heart as well. We just made too many mistakes.”

Young, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior with dazzling speed, wore a power T insignia as eye black and had tears in his eyes.

“We know Devrin can make plays and we know he can break long ones,” Ads head coach Eddie Courtney said. “If that happens, you can't get down. That's just one play. You can't fold up. You have to be ready to play hard for four quarters.

“They made some great plays and we just had to make one more than they did.”

There have been puzzling life lessons along the way. Farragut special teams coach Ryan Shoup has been hospitalized at Mercy West for more than a month with pancreatitis and scribbled “Tackle 33” on a note pad earlier in the week.

Young's number can be a blur. He had a 20-yard scoring run to go with rushes of 39, 33, 22 and 19 yards — and caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.

The Admirals (4-3, 3-1 District 4-AAA) kept their playoff hopes alive on a night when senior linebacker Robbie Leonard was lost to a fractured leg.

“That was the turning point to our season,” said Ty Perez, who had a TD run, interception, 21-yard reception and also made a big hit. “This team believes and we believe we can do anything. It was a great win for us. ... It’s awesome, it’s amazing.”

Leonard's agonizing injury — he lay on the field for nearly 20 minutes while receiving treatment that included an air cast and IV — inspired the Ads.

Leonard left the field on a cart and was replaced by Conner Taylor, whose sack forced BHS (5-2, 2-2) to settle for a field goal.

“That is what high school sports are all about,” Courtney said. “A kid that has worked hard is next in line and gets the chance to step up.”

Junior quarterback Cody Rule continued his golden play, rushing for 184 yards, including a 64-yarder, and two scores.

Rule connected with tight end Madison Brown on a 34-yard TD pass over the middle with 1:47 remaining that erased Bearden's 26-24 lead. Brown eluded a tackler just inside the 10.

“It's always nice to score a touchdown, but it's even better to do something that helps your team win the game,” Brown said. “When I saw Robbie was hurt, and it was bad, I told everyone, 'Robbie works harder than anyone on the team … we need to win this for him.’

“He's probably not going to get to play for Farragut ever again. We needed to win this ballgame for him. It is the greatest win I have ever been a part of.”

On the winning play, Brown acted as if he were going to block and burned a blitz. It was Farragut's only completion of the second half.

“They played without a safety the whole game,” he said. “And we just pounded it on them.”

Rule added a two-point conversion run.

Ben Sisco provided the 26-24 lead with 6:34 remaining on a 30-yard field goal that would have been good from 50.

Riemer made some remarkable plays. He completed 22-of-37 passes for 276 yards, including a 46-yarder to Stefon Stephens after scrambling across the field. Riemer hit nine consecutive passes and also ran for a score.

Stephens also had an interception and Cory Crabtree had a key fumble recovery.

For FHS, it also was a good night for kicker Jonathan King, who scored the game's first points on a season-high 43-yard field goal. King also sent four kickoffs into the end zone — nullifying Young's return skills.

Zach Hannay blocked the PAT that would have enabled Bearden to tie it 24-24. Bao Nguyen had a huge hit that sent a helmet flying.

It was Farragut's fourth consecutive win in the series — nine straight in the regular season — 12 of 13 including playoffs.

The injury report was not kind to FHS, losing two-way starter Jacob Johnson and running back Montre Hudson to knee injuries.

Johnson, who said he might have been playing with a torn meniscus since the Riverdale game Sept. 24, was hurt on the third offensive play. He has provided a spark at running back and had two interceptions.

“When I stood up [after trying to tackle Young], the knee just gave out,” Johnson said. “I knew I was done.”

Hudson rushed for 79 yards before getting hurt in the second half.

Bearden played without two of its top defenders: senior linebackers Drew Williamson (hand injury) and Peyton Landers (out for the season with a torn ACL).

While Landers doubled as a bruising fullback, Williamson also serves as one of Riemer’s top receiving targets.

So, can the Ads return to earth in time for a Friday, Oct. 16, trip to state power Maryville? “It will be easier to get ready than if we had lost to Bearden — I know that for sure,” Courtney said.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, look to bounce back with a trip to Heritage Friday. Both games’ opening kickoffs are 7:30 p.m.

(See related pictures, page 5C)


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