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Ads rally past West


Having his career ended due to a knee injury at McMinn County Sept. 9, Madison Brown looked to motivate his Farragut Admirals football team with a speech Thursday after practice.

To what degree the senior tight-end/linebacker's address proved inspirational is hard to measure, but Farragut showed guts bouncing back after giving away 14 points to begin the scoring at West Friday, Sept. 16.

“I just wanted to tell everyone, especially the seniors, just give hard every play because you don't know if it'll be your last,” said Brown, whose Ads rallied to win this District 4-AAA game 20-14 despite being down 14-0 thanks to an interception-turned-touchdown and fumbled shotgun snap ending in a 14-yard TD drive.

For Farragut (4-1, 2-0), its defense held the Rebs' highly touted offense to 230 total yards, 187 rushing, adding two critical fourth-quarter interceptions.

Offensively, Jacob Johnson was a workhorse, rushing 31 times for 154 yards and one 11-yard TD, while two Jonathan King field goals included yet another long one (50 yards).


Sophomore linebacker Chris Farner ended a West march to the FHS 11 with an interception at the 6:54 mark of the final quarter.

“All the film study we did during the week … we just read it and I made the play,” said Farner, second in total team tackles with six, one fewer than junior linebacker Jake Bruce’s seven.

After the 14-0 giveaway, “We didn't beat ourselves up, we were positive,” Farner said. “We came back and we smacked them in the mouth. … We just outplayed them in the second half.”

Junior center Patrick Doucette said his Ads “knew we had to play harder than we did in the first half. We just did our assignments and played better.”

Runner Robbie Flood led West (3-2, 0-2) with 87 yards on 14 carries. “To contain, or at least be in position to contain a veer offensive team that has four [options] off of every play, we had to play disciplined, strong football,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said.

Junior linebacker Jackson Fain essentially sealed victory with his interception at the West 35 with 1:25 to play. “All week we've been looking at that play action, him dropping back and throwing that slant. I just read it perfectly.”

Farragut took the lead for good midway into the third quarter with a seven-play, 63-yard drive ending with quarterback Cody Rule’s 2-yard TD run.

 

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