Defense ‘fantastic’ as Hawks dump Govs

Chris Hayes, HVA senior wide receiver, sets sail on an end-around that he breaks for a 43-yard touchdown run, on fourth-and-1 in the second quarter, against William Blount Friday evening, Sept. 5, at WBHS. The Hawks won 26-7. MARYVILLE — While Chris Hayes scored the first two touchdowns of his varsity high school football career, a 33-yard pass reception and a 43-yard run, Hardin Valley Academy’s defense got rave review from HVA head coach Wes Jones.

“All in all I thought our defense played a fantastic game,” Jones said after his Hawks improved to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in District 4-AAA, by defeating William Blount 26-7 Friday, Sept. 5, at WBHS. “They flew around, they were real active, they pressured the quarterback, they tackled well, they made some big plays.”

Sophomore linebacker Tim Frizzell led Hardin Valley with 13 total tackles. Senior defensive lineman Garrett Curtis had 11 total, with senior linebacker Haddon Hill and junior defensive ends Zach Readett and Joe DeFur each totalling 10 stops. Hill also recovered a fumble.
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Lenoir City first Admirals victim of 2014

Farragut High School’s football team got a little defensive Friday night, Sept. 5, and the result was the Admirals’ first win of the 2014 season. FHS forced five turnovers in a 49-17 victory over Lenoir City at Bill Clabo Field.

Farragut’s defense made an early impact when senior defensive end Ben Dunn recovered a Panther fumble on the game’s first play from scrimmage.

Lenoir City got off to a dubious start as it was called for a false start to open the game. Then, things got worse when Dunn recovered a fumble by Cameron Sousa at the Panthers’ 19-yard line in the District 4-AAA opener for both schools.

The Admirals (1-2 overall, 1-0 in the district) then scored on its inaugural offensive play when Jacob Naumoff connected with Derek Williams on a 19-yard scoring strike. Carter Phillipy’s extra point gave the home team a 7-0 lead with 11 minutes, 37 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

“Setting the tone early is everything,” Dunn said. “I knew we needed a push early and [the fumble recovery] was a big play.”
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FHS volleyball on red-hot streak, enter week 29-1

Led by head coach Susan Davidson, far left, Farragut High School Lady Admirals volleyball celebrates a Choo-Choo Classic championship in Chattanooga Saturday evening, Aug. 30. As if beating Bearden volleyball in straight games wasn’t reward enough for Alexis Parker, Farragut High School’s sophomore outside hitter received a bouquet of roses after the game: it was an invitation from an admiring boyfriend to FHS football’s homecoming game.

Perhaps the whole Lady Admirals team should be invited after a wildly successful stretch dating back to Choo-Choo Classic in Chattanooga Aug. 29-30, where Farragut won the tournament by going 10-0 in matches and 20-0 in games.

One week later at Knoxville Catholic High School, head coach Susan Davidson’s girls were at it again: 7-0 in matches, 14-0 in games to win Blarney Thompson Tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, behind Parker as MVP and Raegan Grooms and Emma Milstead as All-tourney choices.

Farragut stood at 29-1 starting the week.
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Late goal secures first-ever HVA win vs Lady Ads

Grace Sommi, Farragut sophomore defender (3) battles Gwen Breslin, Hardin Valley Academy freshman forward, during this District 4-AAA showdown at HVA Monday evening, Sept. 8. It was a night for streaks to be broken and history to be made at Hardin Valley Academy. The Lady Hawks soccer team beat Farragut for the first time in school history. The 1-0 victory also snapped the Lady Admirals' run of perfection in District 4-AAA.

The Ads (2-2-2 overall, 0-1-1 in the district) surrendered a goal in the 74th minute and lost a league match for the first time since 2010.

“This is the first time that we’ve beaten Farragut,” said HVA junior midfielder Gabby Powers, who had the lone marker of the game late in the second half. “This feels great.”

Powers took a cross from senior defender Katie McLeod and promptly banged it past Farragut goalkeeper Miranda Burt.

“It was a great ball and we had a lot of crosses. That was a good cross and that one finally went in.”

Both the Lady Admirals and the Lady Hawks (5-1-2, 3-0) had their chances but Burt and Hardin Valley netminder Tippany Patrick made huge point-blank saves in the match.
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