Admiral kicker, defense clutch verses Wildcats; Jefferson Co. is HC foe
Sophomore Daniel Bethel’s 46-yard field goal, held by sophomore Brady Hodges, put FHS up 17-14 late in the third quarter.
OAK RIDGE — Overcoming a disastrous 99-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter, Farragut’s clutch defense, a 46-yard field goal and an 18-play, 64-yard drive eating almost eight minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter paid dividends.
A huge sack sealed the deal.
With the Admirals leading Oak Ridge 20-14 in the final 98 seconds, the Wildcats drove to near midfield.
Alec Keathley and Neyland Harmon then forced a fumble after hitting Oak Ridge quarterback Herbert Booker, and FHS teammate Caleb Kuhn recovered to seal victory with just 34 seconds to play. Farragut stayed unbeaten, improving to 4-0, while ORHS fell to 3-1.
She may have one of the youngest teams in East Tennessee but Carmen Hochevar is certainly enjoying the 2018 volleyball season as the coach at Concord Christian School.
And with good reason.
The Lady Lions (18-7 overall, 2-0 in Division II-A East District 1) have recorded six consecutive match wins and are in the midst of a 17-set winning streak.
“I’m having fun and I’m enjoying coaching these kids,” Hochevar said. “The chemistry on this team is tremendous. These kids really love each other and it shows in the way they play.
“There’s no drama. They’re all business and they want to win.”
Sydney Cherney, FHS senior outside hitter, sets.
The Farragut High-Bearden High volleyball rivalry may have lost some of its luster since the two teams are no longer district foes.
But for two hours Monday night, Sept. 10, the series returned to its naturally heated state as the Lady Admirals notched a hard-fought comeback 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-13 victory over the Lady Bulldogs before a spirited crowd in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.
“This is what a Bearden-Farragut game is supposed to look like,” Farragut head coach Susan Davidson said after watching her squad overcome a 2-1 game deficit against Bearden. “They’re a really good team and (head) coach (Erin) Biddle does a great job with her team. This is her first year with them. She did a great job at Seymour and she does a great job at Bearden.
KNOXVILLE --- Hardin Valley Academy football head coach Wes Jones couldn’t hide his anger. But he was the one who ultimately took the blame for his team’s performance Friday night, Sept. 7.
“Our guys weren’t prepared to play and that’s on me,” Jones said after the Hawks came up on the short end of a 35-20 decision against Knoxville Central at Dan Y. Boring Stadium. “I will never throw a kid under the bus. If we’re not ready, it’s my fault.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bobcats (2-2) opened a 13-0 lead in the second frame with touchdown runs from Jason Merritts and Braden Gaston. Central kicker Eli Sharp did miss an extra point. He also had a field goal blocked on the final play before halftime.
The Hawks (2-2) did have moments where they moved the ball, but were bitten by the turnover bug. A fumble deep in Central territory halted Hardin Valley’s first drive when Xavier Washington recovered for the Bobcats.
MARYVILLE — It was a big day for several local high school golfers Monday, Sept. 10, at the District 4 Large School championships at Lambert Acres.
Players battled threatening weather conditions on the par-72 course in Blount County — but when the weather cleared, Farragut High School returned to Knox County with a pair of league championships.
The FHS boys won the title with a team score of 281, while the Lady Ads won the crown with a team total of 143.