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Ads hand Catholic its first loss, 31-10

Thanks to quick defensive adjustments that helped contain Knoxville's Catholic's misdirection wing-T offense, Farragut limited the Irish to one first down over a three-quarter span.

Despite seven holding penalties, the Ads’ ground game was so dominant (39-300 yards) that it threw just one pass (three yards).

Throwing in Jacob Johnson's back-breaking 99-yard kickoff return for six points to begin the second half, Farragut later built a 28-point lead and handed KCHS its first loss, 31-10, in a District 4-AAA game Friday, Sept. 2, at FHS's Bill Clabo Field.

“They were demolishing up front,” FHS quarterback Cody Rule said about his offensive line.

Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney said his OL is “the strength of our football team right now ... leading everything that's happening for us.”

Senior guard Miguel Aranda said, “I've got to give it up to coach [Dustin] Lyles … teaching us how to down-block. To perfect [technique], to be able to do what we do out here.”

Eighty-eight of Catholic's 189 yards of total offense came in the final minutes against Admirals back-up defenders.

Courtney praised the efforts of Ads linebackers Matt Lee, Chris Farner, Tyler Nugent and Nick Henningsen. “Those four guys worked hard this week because they knew there was going to be a lot of pressure on them,” he said.

Henningsen and Nugent led FHS (2-1, 1-0) in total tackles with seven each. Lee added six.

The Irish (2-1, 0-1) opened the game marching 58 yards in 11 plays, taking a 3-0 lead on Gabe Saavedra's 35-yard field goal. After that, “We had to take some chances on a few blitzes … mess the timing up,” Courtney said.

Lee, who also recovered a fumble, said his defense “had to make better reads, like we were getting confused a little bit on their misdirections.”

Johnson (12 carries, 105 yards) ran once for 45 while scoring from nine yards out. Courtney said Johnson’s knee injury last season “made him a more mature and smarter player because he had to come back and rehab it.”

Rule rushed 10 times for 65 yards, including a pair of 6-yard TD runs. Jackson Fain had eight carries for 52 yards. Christian Jetton added a 44-yard jaunt.

Jonathan King nailed a 40-yard field goal while averaging 44 yards on two punts.


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