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It’s over for Ads; OT win for Dawgs
Maryville sends FHS packing as mistakes costly

MARYVILLE — On a perfect night for football in Maryville, the Farragut Admirals ran into a Rebel offense that executed to perfection and capitalized on several FHS mistakes.

On Friday night, Nov. 12, at Jim Renfro Field, a season of turmoil ended for the Admirals (7-5), losing 41-10 in round two of the TSSAA Class 6A playoffs.

“Game after game, we had people in casts, lost some starters, won some games, lost more starters and then went up to Sevier County and came together as a team to pull out that win,” senior linebacker Brooks Harper said. “This team surprised the heck out of me every week.”

The Rebels (11-1) immediately marched 80-yards down the field in six plays for an opening-drive score and a lead they would not relinquish.

The Admirals responded on its first possession, moving the ball 60 yards before settling for a 37-yard field goal by sophomore Jonathan King.

The Rebels’ next drive was stalled when Caleb Whitney sacked Maryville quarterback Patton Robinette for a 4-yard loss on third-and-10, but a 45-yard field goal made it 10-3.

A Farragut fumble resulted in a first-and-goal for Maryville at the FHS 8. MHS made it 17-3.

“The [turnovers] are big. You can’t let a good, confident team like Maryville have those opportunities,” Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney said. “They make you pay when you do.”

Robby Pederson took a delayed draw and ran untouched for 53 yards and a 24-3 Maryville lead.

The game was slipping out of control and Farragut needed something big.

On third-and-nine from its own 39, the Ads got what they needed. Quarterback King hit senior Ty Perez over the middle for a sure first down. Perez made a spectacular move and was off to the races for a 61-yard touchdown, stopping the bleeding and giving new life to a desperate Admirals team.

A dropped touchdown pass by the home team kept the score 24-10 at the half.

“We were only 14-points down at halftime,” Courtney said. “I told them that we get the ball back and we just have to move the ball down the field and it’s a 7-point game. We couldn’t get that done.”

The Rebels started the second half executing a 16-play drive that ended with a 22-yard field goal, making it 27-10.

Maryville’s defense capitalized on another turnover four plays later when junior Brandon Johns returned an interception for a touchdown making the score 34-10.

Yet another turnover three plays later set the Rebels up with a first down at the Admirals 34 and an eventual Shawn Prevo seven-yard scoring run.

“Throughout this season we seem to have had all the adversity a team could go through,” junior wide receiver/defensive back Braden Urevick said. “We’ve had the death of a coach, hurt players, but we stuck together as a team.”


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