Kirkendall leaves big impact on Gibbs

Farragut's Tanner Thomas, 1, bowls over a Gibbs defender for a touchdown during play Friday, Aug. 28, on Bill Clabo Field. Justin Kirkendall has wasted little time becoming an impact player for the Farragut High School football team. But he doesn’t seem eager to take credit for any of his big plays.

“My teammates allowed me to make those plays,” said Kirkendall, who had a touchdown reception and a punt return for another score in the Admirals’ 38-14 victory over Gibbs Friday night at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field. “Our team is really coming together and I make these plays because of coach’s play calling.”

Whether it’s play calling or help from his teammates, Kirkendall is making the plays and he’s a big reason why Farragut has won both of its games this season and has a 2-0 record for the first time since 2009.

He had a career game on defense against Powell in the Admirals’ 2015 season opener at Powell when he had three interceptions that set up three first-half scores by senior running back Tanner Thomas.
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Lady Admirals stop rally, sweep Maryville 3-0

Amber Rookstool, 13, jumps up to attempt a kill during Farragut’s home opener with Maryville, Aug. 27. The Lady Admirals might have needed to rally in its third set Thursday, Aug. 27, but its depth proved to be enough to put Maryville away.

Farragut [then 8-2] swept Maryville in its home district opener 3-0 [25-13, 25-11, 25-20], but it wasn't easy closing out the match with the Lady Red Rebels in the third.

“Well the third one, we put a lot of our younger players out there and we change our rotation to work on some stuff, but give Maryville credit, because I think they came out stronger in the third set and played very well,” Farragut head coach Susan Davidson said.

The Lady Red Rebels led early by as many as six in the third set. It wouldn't last long as a combination of Alexis Parker kills Maryville miscues and a finishing putback by freshman Sidney Cherney put the match away for Farragut."Farragut's a great team," Maryville head coach Angel Babelay said.
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Two goals help Lady Admirals to 3-0 victory

Farragut's Aleyse Evers, 10, battles HVA's Paige Hewitt, 9, for ball control during a match between the two teams Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Farragut Middle School. A trio of underclassmen stepped up and made some huge offensive contributions for the Farragut High School girls soccer team on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Sophomore Megan McLean and freshmen Amy Cloud and Aleyse Evers provided just the offensive punch that the Lady Admirals needed to claim a hard-fought 3-1 District 4-AAA victory over rival Hardin Valley Academy before a packed and boisterous house at Farragut Soccer Stadium.

Cloud, whose sister Katie played for the Lady Ads (and is now at Lee University), said she knew just how important the annual showdown with the Lady Hawks was.

“My sister played in this game and I know how big it is,” said Cloud, a freshman defender, who scored the game’s first marker to give the Lady Ads (2-0 overall, 2-0 in District 4-AAA) a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute. “This game means a lot.
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Bearden Vollyballers ace HVA

HVA libero Katie Filipkowski, 2, goes for the dig against the Lady Bulldogs Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Dawg Pound. Bearden High School volleyball coach Zach Forgani wasn’t about to throw his squad’s win in the District 4-AAA opener against rival Hardin Valley Academy on Thursday, Aug. 27.

But the Lady Bulldogs’ new head coach wasn’t completely satisfied.

“We have to be more consistent and we have to do a better job staying focused,” Forgani said after Bearden claimed a 25-21, 25-13, 17-25, 25-21 victory over the Lady Hawks in the district opener for both schools at BHS. “This was our first district game and our first home game, so we’re happy to be leaving here with the ‘W’ tonight.

“Nothing in this district is easy. Hardin Valley is a good team. They have some good hitters. Most of their kids play club [volleyball] so they have some smart kids.”
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CAK lone victor of private schools in Week 2

Lions' Cabel Bethel, 5, shoots around the right line for a gain against Sale Creek Friday, Aug. 28, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Christian Academy of Knoxville was the only area private school to get a victory Friday night. The Warriors’ 48 unanswered points en route to a 48-7 victory in a non-region game against rival Grace Christian Academy at GCA’s Jerry Disney Family Sports Complex.

That was a big road win for CAK, which improved to 2-0 on the season.

Meanwhile, Knoxville Catholic High School made a trip to Nashville to play defending Class 3A State Champion Christ Presbyterian Academy at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Irish didn’t fare well, dropping a 38-10 decision to the Lions in Music City.

Concord Christian fell 52-13 to Sale Creek in its first-ever varsity home game.

Webb School of Knoxville had an open date. The Spartans will return to action Friday night and host Mt. Juliet Christian Friday night in the Division II-A East/Middle opener for both schools.
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Lady Bulldogs dominate Heritage in home opener

The Lady Bulldogs [3-0, 2-0 District 4-AAA] had a slow start, but didn’t have any trouble at all in its home opener Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Bearden dominated Heritage, 11-0, as five different Lady Bulldogs put the ball in the net, but its tempo and drive were causes for concern with Bearden head coach Ryan Radcliffe.

“I thought our first half was a little sloppy,” Radcliffe said. “I don’t think our tempo was very high and our urgency going forward was very high and I kind of challenged them at halftime and I thought in the second half we came out and we picked up the pace a little bit.”

When the Lady Bulldogs got going, Grace Roddy lifted the ball up and over Lady Mountaineer goalie Cheyenne Nichols for the first goal of the game. Not long after, Taylor Frizen stole the ball and lofted the ball in past Nichols to give Bearden a 2-0 lead with 25:30 to go in the half. Frizen finished the half with three goals as the Lady Bulldogs were well ahead at halftime, 7-0.
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Bulldogs run over Powell

On the snap Bearden quarterback Cameron Jones, 10 prepares to hand off to running back Ty Warren, 2. Bulldogs fans running onto the field after the closing seconds of Bearden’s win Friday, Aug. 28, was a fitting image.

Bearden’s running game ran all over the field in the Bulldogs 30-0 win over Powell [0-2] with a combined 32 carries for 204 yards and four touchdowns as BHS doubled its 2014 win total.

“Ty and Chase Berry had really good nights tonight,” Bearden head coach Morgan Shinlever said. “Both moved the football well. A lot of that has to do with the offensive line. They did a good job especially moving the two-down men and create some running lanes and so it really just shows that we’ve got some guys in the backfield that can take care of business if given the opportunity.”

Bulldogs running back Ty Warren led Bearden’s rushing attack and surpassed the century mark in rushing yards for the second week in a row, carrying the ball 18 times for 111 yards and three touchdowns.

“It was a great night for us,” Warren said. “We got a big win over a team that came to our home so we had to defend it with all we could, but it was really my offensive line. They were giving everything they got all night so I just have to congratulate them. Our defense was just, the big shutout, you know. We feed off of them.”
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