Mighty Red Rebs roll; Farragut season ends 6-6
Jackson Fontenot (12), Farragut senior defensive back, shows the football after recovering a Maryville fumble alongside teammate Trey Nesbitt.
MARYVILLE — The good news for Farragut against mighty Maryville was three trips into the Red Rebels’ red zone, and another to the MHS 25.
The bad news was a 42-0 second-round Class 6A playoff loss at undefeated Maryville Friday, Nov. 15, which ended the Admirals’ season at 6-6.
Positive Farragut plays included receptions of 16 and 11 yards from Gavin Wilkinson to Alec Keathley, both seniors; runs of 52 and 12 yards by junior Eli Purcell; and a 40-yard reception from Wilkinson to senior Alex Farkas.
With two victories against a strong Bradley Central team plus wins against rival Bearden and Johnson City Science Hill this season, “We fought so hard all year. The ups and downs, we battled through it all,” said Keathley, also a standout defensive end.
KINGSPORT — Bearden High School’s football team got off to a fast start in the second round of the TSSAA Class 6A playoffs.
Leading 14-7 at halftime, things came unraveled quickly for the Bulldogs, and the collapse resulted in a 28-14 loss at top-seed Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Friday night, Nov. 15.
“It was a tale of two halves, really,” said BHS head coach Morgan Shinlever, who team finished 5-7 after starting 0-5.
“Our offense was playing well, and defensively we were doing the things that we were supposed to do. But in the second half we were missing some pieces to the puzzle. Offensively, we weren’t executing.”
MEMPHIS — Knoxville Catholic High School saw its 2019 football season come to an abrupt end Friday night, Nov. 15.
A 27-7 halftime deficit, three turnovers and other assorted self-inflicted adversities proved too much to overcome in a 35-28 Division II-AAA playoff loss at Memphis University School (10-1).
“We sleepwalked through the first half,” KCHS head coach Steve Matthews said.
Kaden Martin rumbled 46 yards for a score to pull the Irish to within 7-6 later in the first quarter. Paxton Robertson would add the first of four extra points.
Catholic showed signs of life after the break as Nicklaus Iverson had a 4-yard scoring plunge to help the Irish claw their way back into the contest.
HARDIN VALLEY — In addition to boasting a top academic reputation, Hardin Valley Academy also has had its share of great athletes come through the HVA doors in its brief history.
“We have 10 girls and one boy, and this morning I told my wife that Title IX is alive and well at Hardin Valley,” athletic director Bryan Brown said about having 11 HVA student-athletes who finalized their decisions to continue their education and athletic pursuits in college Wednesday morning, Nov. 13.
Signing National Letters of Intent papers in the school’s auditorium were Ellie Bachmann (Alabama); Kylie Cutcher (Carson-Newman); Abbey Aycock (Oakland University); Rachel Aycock (Michigan State); Lukas Cook (South Carolina); Olivia Snyder (Lincoln Memorial University); Maddi Allen (Bryan College); Kiana Lane (UT Chattanooga); Karly Livingston (Charleston Southern); Lauren Smyth (Tennessee Wesleyan) and Mariah Hall (Union College).
Defense paces McIntyre’s girls
A stifling defense and a balanced offensive attack were the ingredients in a winning recipe for the Farragut Middle School girls basketball team in a home victory late last week.
The Lady Admirals got off to a fast start and posted a dominant performance in a 56-8 win versus Northwest (0-3) Thursday, Nov. 14, at FMS’s Bobby J. Henry Gymnasium.
“We have to have that in-your-face intensity on defense and we have to work hard and get these girls ready for the high school level,” first-year Farragut head coach Devan McIntyre said. “We’re really working hard to improve our defensive intensity.”
2nd-half surge fuels boys
Farragut Middle School’s boys basketball team had to overcome a slow start in its game against Northwest last week.
The Admirals, who were playing without injured two-time all-Knox County Middle School Conference center Alex Doerger, an eighth-grader, fell behind the Rangers (0-3) early but were able to come from behind and capture a KCMSC 55-46 victory Thursday, Nov. 14, at FMS’s Bobby J. Henry Gymnasium.
“We were without our big guy, and I told the kids that everybody is going to step up, so we’ll see what happens,” longtime head coach Randy Swartzentruber said. “We got off to a sluggish start, but it’s better to do that than to be sluggish in the end, I suppose.