No. 2 Irish end 5-year skid against rival Webb

Webb senior quarterback Brock Beeler, 1, hands off to a Spartan running back. A long drought is over for the Knoxville Catholic High School football team. The Irish ended a long losing streak to longtime rival Webb School of Knoxville Thursday, Oct. 23.

“This feels great,” KCHS senior running back and linebacker Logan Lacey said after the Irish ended a five-year losing streak against the Spartans with a 24-6 victory before a packed house at Blaine Stadium. “We’ve worked too hard not to finally be able to take them down.

“You have to give props to our linemen. They blocked their butts off.”

It was Catholic’s first win over the Spartans since 2008. That year, the Irish won the Class 3A state championship and went undefeated.

Last year’s game was a nightmare for Catholic, which limped into the contest without several starters, including tailback Amari Rodgers. Rodgers missed the 2013 showdown with a broken collarbone.

Rodgers made life miserable for Webb this year as he rushed for a career-high 260 yards on 18 carries and had long touchdown scampers of 68 and 87 yards respectively.
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HVA dumps LC 56-0

Hawks running back Ryan Ferguson, 25, gets loose and scampers downfield during play against Lenoir City Friday, Oct. 24, at HVA. Hardin Valley Academy junior football player Isaiah Aguero made it no secret that he and the rest of the Hawks had plenty to prove Friday night, Oct. 24, against Lenoir City.

“We came in here with a chip on our shoulder after [a loss to] West [Oct. 17],” Aguero said after Hardin Valley notched a 56-0 homecoming victory over the Panthers in a District 4-AAA tilt.

The Hawks (5-4 overall, 4-2 in the district) kept their postseason hopes alive by making quick work of the Panthers (3-6, 1-5).

HVA came out firing and scored 28 first-quarter points. Senior running back Ryan Ferguson started the scoring parade with a 33-yard touchdown run that culminated the Hawks’ first possession and gave the home team a 7-0 lead with 6 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Logan Kington successfully executed an onsides kick. The kickoff specialist recovered the ball near midfield. The Hawks took a 14-0 lead a short time later when Aguero scampered 49 yards for a score to make it 14-0 midway through the stanza.
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Ads rip Govs, Thomas 222

Justin Kirkendall, Farragut junior receiver, tries to get away from a William Blount defensive back’s grasp after a reception. MARYVILLE — Jacob Naumoff’s mad scrambling 18-yard touchdown pass in the final five seconds of the first half, and Davis Simmons’ 5-yard interception return for a touchdown quickly turned a close Farragut football game into a blowout.

Eager to give his offensive linemen credit for “making holes you could drive a car through,” junior running back Tanner Thomas rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns (scores of 6, 3, 1 and 7 yards) in the Admirals’ 63-31 victory at William Blount Friday evening, Oct. 24.

While the Admirals improved to 4-5 overall, 3-2 in District 4-AAA, the Govs fell to 3-6, 2-4.

“Offensively, I think it was our best game of the year, in my opinion,” Thomas said. “Our line was incredible. … And our quarterback, he had a great game. And our wide receivers did an awesome job catching the ball and executing up the field.”

Eddie Courtney, FHS head coach, praised his top seven along the offensive line: center Chance Bolen, Nate Gilliam and Ambrose Bechtel at tackles, Drew Arnett and Clay Jolley at guards plus key reserves Ben Hoffman (also long-snapper) and Ian Forton.
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No. 2 Lady Ads volleyball ‘4 points away’

Just four points from a TSSAA Class AAA volleyball state title against a powerhouse program, Farragut High School head coach Susan Davidson said about her team’s thrilling match against Brentwood, “I was playing it in my head all night” after losing.

Tied 11-11 in the fifth and deciding set against the mighty Lady Bruins Friday evening, Oct. 24, in Murfreesboro, two Brentwood blocks and two FHS errors resulted in heartbreak.

“We just made two little but critical errors right there,” Davidson said, losing 15-11.
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Haunted by KDB loss, HVA finally to state

Reagan Williams, HVA senior forward (6), walls off a Jefferson County defender as a pass comes her way. Saying various parents had been inquiring about Hardin Valley Academy’s chances of finally reaching the TSSAA Class AAA Girls Soccer State Tournament, “I told them, ‘If we can get to the Saturday game, I don’t even have to worry about motivating them,’” HVA head coach Mike McLean said. “They were motivated off last year [overtime substate loss at Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett]. That’s all we talked about was just getting back to this day.”

A 2-0 Region 2-AAA semifinal win against Powell Tuesday, Oct. 21, assured the Lady Hawks (18-1-2) would reach Saturday’s substate game. Hardin Valley’s 2-0 region title win against Bearden at HVA Thursday, Oct. 23, meant hosting Jefferson County Saturday evening, Oct. 25.

Breaking down that state tourney barrier almost was too easy, winning 6-1 against the Region 1-AAA runner-up Lady Patriots (13-8-2), which played in that program’s first-ever substate game.

“It was probably one of the worst days of my life,” junior defender Kelsey Klett, who scored one goal Saturday, said about last year’s OT loss at KD-B. “We were just all so frustrated and none of us forget about it. We didn’t want to feel that again, so we wanted to win this.”
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No. 1 Red Rebels keep BHS winless

Bearden High School’s young football team endured another long night Friday as the Bulldogs came up on the short end of a 62-0 decision against defending Class 6A state champion Maryville at home Oct. 24.

The Bulldogs (0-9 overall, 0-6 in District 4-AAA) had had more than its share of difficult games this season, but Bearden has shown up and played hard this season and that’s given first-year coach Morgan Shinlever plenty of reasons for optimism.
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Lady SoccerDawgs denied state on ‘pks’

Despite a hat-trick (three goals) from junior forward Casey Riemer, Bearden’s Lady Soccer-Dawgs were denied a trip to this week’s Class AAA Girls Soccer state tourney ... read more