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Westside Class 6A playoff teams out
Mathers’ 342 ends Ads’ season

MURFREESBORO — Blackman's superstar came away with a career record and a playoff victory, but Farragut's season ended with a sophomore quarterback giving hope for the future.

Sophomore Bryan Phillips came off the bench to complete 21-of-32 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns, though the No. 5 quadrant seed Admirals lost a 41-38 Class 6A playoff shootout at No. 4 Blackman (8-3) Friday, Nov. 4.

Senior I’Tavius Mathers, touted as one of the South’s top running backs, rushed for a career-high 342 yards.

“We mixed up some coverages and some stunts, and tried to keep him contained,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “He came back strong. I know he's playing hurt right now, to his credit. Our offense kept answering. We couldn't contain him in the fourth quarter.”

Rating Mathers among the best running backs he’s faced at Farragut, senior defensive end Caleb Whitney said “it’s one of the two” in comparison with former Bearden star Devrin Young.

Mathers is “obviously a fantastic running back, more of a college-style back,” Whitney added.

About Phillips and the passing attack, Courtney said, “He did a great job; he came in and got his opportunity tonight. Braden [Urevick] made some catches tonight. ... And the offensive line gave us good protection.”

Urevick, senior receiver, moved up to fourth all time in FHS career receptions (80), catching nine for 96 yards and two touchdowns. “Growing up, it's always been my dream to be a Farragut Admiral,” Urevick said. “Great bunch of guys, great coaches.”

Three lost Ads fumbles — two setting up 14 easy Blaze points in the third quarter, the other killing Farragut's first drive at the BHS 35 — were huge. Blackman played turnover-free.

Farragut (7-4) overcame Mathers' 80-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage to take a 17-7 halftime lead. The other FHS weapon, senior running back Jacob Johnson, finished with 27 rushes for 177 yards and one TD, plus a 24-yard scoring catch.

Zach Thomas had a 7-yard TD catch. Jonathan King nailed a 58-yard punt and 33-yard field goal.

Daniel Knipp, senior offensive tackle, said, “It's been a long trip, four years. The fun, had some ups and downs. But I wouldn't trade any of it for anything. I've played with a great bunch of guys. I love them all, every last one of them.”


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