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Ads look for new life after big loss to No. 1 MHS

Maryville defender Jay Yoakum (20) is looking to block a 46-yard field goal attempt by Farragut placekicker Jonathan King (blue). King, a junior, converted this kick and later added a 48-yarder.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Maryville was Maryville, and then some, while Farragut performed way below its normal level of proficiency.

“You've got to give credit to Maryville, it’s one of the best Maryville teams I’ve seen,” said FHS head coach Eddie Courtney after a 35-6 Rebels win at Farragut's Bill Clabo Field Friday night, Oct. 14.

“We all knew that's a good football team, but our players and our staff expected to play better than we did tonight.”

The state’s top-ranked Class 6A Rebels (8-0 overall, 5-0 in District 4-AAA) dominated the Admirals in total yards (374 versus 170), using a mix of Patton Robinette passing and Shawn Prevo running for 21 points on its first three possessions of the game.

Prevo ended with four rushing touchdowns (120 yards on 20 attempts) while Robinette, a University of North Carolina commitment, threw for 118 yards (8 of 12) and one TD while rushing for 76 yards on 11 carries.

Maryville began playing reserves late in the third quarter.

“Defensively, we just couldn’t get off blocks; they did a good job blocking us up front,” Courtney said.. “We missed some tackles early.”

Robert Wrinkle, FHS senior defensive end who led the Ads in total tackles with nine, said the Rebels “are a disciplined football team, that's what it comes down to. They know what they’re going to do, and they're going to run it at us and we’ve got to defend it. And we made the most mistakes in this game.

“It’s the little things that keep that team going,” he added. “We should use that as an example to step our own game up.”

The Admirals (6-2, 4-1) drove 52 yards on its first possession, highlighted by a 18-yard Jacob Johnson run, ending with Jonathan King's 46-yard field goal cutting the MHS lead to 7-3.

But Farragut (111 yards rushing, 59 passing) would not threaten to score again until the Rebels (8-0, 5-0) had marched 57 and 61 yards respectively for 14 points on its first two possessions of the second half.

Johnson ended with 54 net yards on 13 attempts.

“On the offensive side, we just couldn't convert some third downs [1 of 11 conversions] and move the ball," Courtney said.

Cody Rule, Ads’ senior quarterback (9 of 15 passing, 59 yards; 12 carries, 27 yards) said Maryville “wanted it more than we did. We just didn’t play our positions. We didn’t do our certain assignments as a unit, and it showed.”

King would add a 48-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.

“It’s been a pretty good year; the crew we have in there for field goals, Patrick Doucette is snapping for us and Franklin Stooksbury is holding, and they’ve done a phenomenal job for me,” King said of a season filled with successful field goals of 48 yards or longer.

“Probably the brightest thing was Jonathan tonight, his kicking,” Courtney said.

Three Prevo runs totally 37 yards came before a 21-yard TD pass to Jay Yoakum making it 28-3 early in the third quarter.

Maryville's final points were set up by Prevo's 36-yard run, preceding his 5-yard scoring jaunt at the 3:15 mark of the third quarter.

Defensive end Caleb Whitney and safety Jackson Fain each added eight total tackles for Farragut, followed by linebackers Chris Farner (seven) and Tyler Nugent (six). Garrett Bowdle, outside linebacker, had five stops. Nose tackle Chris Beason recovered an MHS fumble.

Fain, also a running back, and Ads receiver Braden Urevick led their team in receptions with two each (29 total yards).


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