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Doom: LC’s 500-plus yards, Ads’ late offensive woes

LENOIR CITY — Lenoir City racked up 510 yards total offense — 449 passing — against Farragut Friday night, Oct. 21, at LCHS.

After losing the lead late in the third quarter, the Admirals’ offense picked up just 41 yards, threw two interceptions and had only one first down during its final three possessions.

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A 99-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Hall to Camion Patrick in the final seconds of the third quarter was the difference, as the Panthers shocked Farragut 26-21.

“We came out and we got hit in the mouth, and we didn’t respond in the right way,” said FHS senior defensive back/receiver Zach Thomas, who had an interception.

Lenoir City (5-4, 3-3) passed its way to a 13-0 first-quarter lead, marching 80 yards in eight plays, then following a recovered fumble went 51 yards in seven plays.

“We just got outplayed; you’ve got to give them credit,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “Our defense let them have two scores. We’re trying to play catch up. We put too much pressure on our offense.”

Ending with 395 total yards, 270 passing (14 of 26), Farragut (6-3, 4-2) responded with a 60-yard, eight-play drive ending in a 6-yard run from senior Jacob Johnson.

Accounting for all three Admirals touchdowns (also from 5 and 2 yards out), Johnson killed two Panthers scoring threats as a defensive back: an interception on first and goal at the FHS 10 early in the third quarter and blocking a 19-yard field goal try in the final seconds of the first half.

The senior, who finished with 16 rushes for 75 yards, also made a leaping catch over a Panthers defensive back on the last play of the first half, good for 35 yards, where Johnson stumbled after the catch or he likely would have broken away and scored.

The Admirals marched 95 yards in just six plays to take the lead early in the second quarter, highlighted by quarterback Cody Rule’s 69-yard slip screen pass to Johnson. Johnson’s 5-yard scoring run and Jonathan King extra point put Farragut up 14-13 at the eight-minute mark.

The Ads appeared ready to explode when defensive back Garrett Bowdle, who led FHS with 11 total tackles, intercepted Hall and returned 13 yards to the LCHS 24.

But Farragut lost the ball on downs after a fourth-and-4 incomplete pass at the LCHS 18.

The teams exchanged third quarter touchdowns, with Lenoir City using a 77-yard Hall to Lucas Hamilton pass setting up Hall’s 2-yard TD run making it 20-14 with 3:59 left in the third quarter.

“There was a lot of emotion in the game, I think that’s what got us unfocused,” said FHS junior linebacker Nick Henningsen, who had five tackles.

The Admirals needed only 1:38 to respond, with Jacob Johnson’s 2-yard TD run coming after Rule’s 53-yard post pattern pass to Braden Urevick.

A Thomas interception at midfield followed seconds later.

But Farragut made three critical mistakes on this drive: Urevick was overthrown while wide open for what would have been a TD; a personal foul penalty negated a first-down catch inside the LCHS 25, and a dropped first-down pass.

King’s 43-yard punt went out at the 1. But the Panthers hit paydirt immediately and held tough.

Linebacker Tyler Nugent added seven total tackles for FHS.


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