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Dawgs stung by early Farragut momentum

In a rivalry game, the momentum can turn very quickly.

And, when it does, there needs to be an immediate response.

Farragut (6-1, 4-0) knocked off Bearden (4-3, 2-2) 31-14 at Bill Young Field Thursday, Oct. 6, by turning a fumble on the opening kickoff into seven points. It was a lightning-like start to the game and a key moment, even though it happened a mere 49 seconds into the game.

Bearden kept the ball for 7:27 after the ensuing kickoff, moved inside the 10, but couldn’t score. Farragut moved down the field to a field goal and seized control of the game.

The lead reached 17-0 before Josh Haney found the wide-open spaces for a 66-yard TD reception from Nicky Frizen that cut the margin to 17-7 and gave the Bulldogs momentary life.

Farragut, however, exploded out of the dressing room and took the opening drive of the second half in for a score in mere seconds. The Admirals scored 14 points at the start of each half on drives that lasted 49 and 46 seconds. Both drives were killers.

Bearden still had troubles in the kicking game, with the early fumble and a personal foul that each hurt field position. They also seemed to be a playmaker or two short of competing with the high-octane Admirals.

“We moved the football, but couldn’t stop them,” BHS head coach Brad Taylor said. “We couldn’t get of the field on third down.”

Taylor also cited the drive that came up empty after Farragut’s first score. “We would’ve been OK if we had stuck it in,” he said. “We needed that touchdown early. I didn’t think a field goal would do it. We needed a turnover and didn’t get it. We can’t give away the easy points.”

Haney and Ethan Pollack each labored mightily for the Bulldogs, Haney carrying 27 times for 106 yards and a TD rushing and receiving. He earned the Dawgs’ final TD on a 1-yard run with three minutes left in the game.

It was “tough,” Haney said. “We didn’t do our assignments and had too many mistakes.”

Pollack had 10 catches for 95 yards, a personal best on both counts, finding open spaces consistently in the Admirals’ defense.

 “It was a matter of looking the ball in and staying disciplined,” he said. “We had a bunch of momentum coming into the game. We have to respond to adversity, and it didn’t happen.”


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