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Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett was a bit more explosive, more powerful when needed — especially late in the game — while its two turnovers weren't nearly as costly as Farragut's three.

The result, following a two-hour lightning delay after 4:46 minutes were played, was a 14-7 Indians victory against the Admirals in both teams' season opener at FHS's Bill Clabo Field Friday, Aug. 19.

“It's third-and-long, and they convert, and it depletes your morale totally,” said FHS starting senior defensive end Robert Wrinkle, leading his team with 11 total tackles, as KD-B's double-wing/single back option offense converted 10-of-14 third-down attempts (236 yards rushing).

Dobyns-Bennett's power was evident in a critical defensive stand early in the fourth quarter, setting up a short winning touchdown using its offensive power.

Pushing the Ads offense back nine yards to its own 4, a hard Indians punt rush helped force a 17-yard punt giving KD-B possession at the FHS 22.

The tiebreaking 5-yard score came five plays from fullback Paul Slaughter, making it 14-7 with 7:40 remaining.

Consecutive Admirals turnovers followed, both backfield exchange fumbles, the latter negating Nick Henningen's recovery of an Indians fumble at the Farragut 18 denying KD-B a clinching score with 5:02 left.

At the end, Farragut was stuck at its own 3 with just 45.1 seconds to play, but thanks to three Cody Rule-to-Jacob Johnson passes covering 47 yards, FHS reached the Indians' 41 with 2.5 seconds left. A lob pass into the end zone was denied by one final show of KD-B power — a game-ending sack of Rule, who finished 8-of-17 passing for 120 yards and one TD.

The Admirals actually gained 182 yards rushing, but lost 50 (132 net) on 33 carries. Johnson rushed for 81 yards on 17 attempts for the game. Rule rushed 15 times for 68 net yards.

The teams exchanged long game-opening drives ending with Farragut's 40-yard field goal blocked and Dobyns-Bennett's 32-yard field goal sailing wide right.

A 73-yard Admirals drive then followed, featuring Johnson's 42-yard run, only to see a Dobyns-Bennett player steal the ball from an FHS runner at the Indians 7.

From there KD-B (267 total yards) went 93 yards in 17 plays, 16 on the ground featuring quarterback Chris Cook option runs (11 rushes, 65 yards) and Devaun Swafford's outside speed (17-107), ending with a short TD run with 7:18 left in the first half.

Farragut answered immediately. Rule's near perfectly lobbed 34-yard play-action pass to Braden Urevick deep down the middle, a patented Ads play in preseason and jamboree, tied it.

A key play in the drive was a pancake block from sophomore Billy Williams, helping Rule get free on a 13-yard third-down run.

Jonathan King, with a 44-yard punt on the night, converted the extra point at the 2:47 mark.

Defensive end Madison Brown had eight tackles and nose tackle (nitro) C.T. Leavell seven for FHS.

“I think we came well together as a defense,” Leavell said. “But like coach said, they just made a couple more plays than we did.”

Linebacker Jackson Fain followed with six and fellow LB Matt Lee five. Johnson, also a defensive back, added an interception.

“I think our defensive front played pretty well,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said, also including senior Caleb Whitney.


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