Ads, Dawgs 'KDB'd' prior to showdown

Joey Dietz, Farragut junior linebacker (56), knocks the ball away from a Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett receiver.
Farragut High School’s football team had a 19-game winning streak snapped last week at Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett. The Admirals, however, won’t have long to brood over their 42-34 loss to the Indians.

FHS (7-1 overall, 3-1 in Region 1-6A) will host Kingston Pike rival Bearden Friday night, Oct. 13, at Bill Clabo Field.

Admirals skipper Eddie Courtney said he knows his squad must be ready to play against the Bulldogs (4-3, 1-2).

“This game is a big one because it’s our next one,” Courtney said. “That’s just the way it is in this region.

“We have a healthy respect for Bearden because they’re a good football team. They have a great quarterback in [sophomore Collin] Ironside. They have some good running backs and they have some great receivers.”

The Admirals have made a habit of jumping ahead of their opponents early, but things didn’t unfold that way in Northeast Tennessee in that loss to the Indians (4-3, 2-1).

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Late coach, 12 former stars named ‘FHS Hall’ nominees

Farragut High School released its FHS Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 nominees late last week.

Annual FHS Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, in the school’s Commons.

Coach nominee is the late Wallie Culbreth, boys soccer head coach from 2002 through 2015 who led the Admirals to four Class AAA state championships and one national championship, one state runner-up finish and regular appearances in the state tourney.

Male athlete honorees are Lytle Rather, basketball, Class of 1982; Brian Foster, baseball, 1988; Chad Starliper, golf, 1991; Darren Rothenberg, football/track, 1996; Chris Martland, track, 2000, and Eric Watkins, wrestling/football, 2001.

Female athlete honorees: Rhonda Snow, softball/basketball/cross country, Class of 1982; Jeane Heydet, track/cross country, 1985; Julie Crews, soccer, 1988; Meredith Lance, basketball/cross country, 1994; Lacie Smith, volleyball, 2003, and Alyssa Randolph, golf, 2008.

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Oh so close for CCS

Lions fall to Cosby 7-6

Rafe Keyes, Concord Christian School junior wide receiver, makes an athletic catch over Cosby’s Ethan Shults and finishes in the end zone to score for the Lions. It would be the only Lions points in a heartbreaking 7-6 loss at CAK Friday evening, Oct. 6.
KNOXVILLE — Troy Fleming isn’t one to celebrate moral victories. But the Concord Christian School football head coach couldn’t help to feel proud of his team Friday night.

“I’m really proud of the way that we fought and I’m happy with the way we battled back and had a chance to win the game on our last [offensive] play,” Fleming said after the Lions came up on the short end of a 7-6 decision against Cosby at Christian Academy of Knoxville Oct. 6. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t win this game because we had a good week of practice and we’ve really been working hard.”

Concord (0-8) had a chance to win late but failed to convert a fourth down play from the Eagles 27-yard line with 2 minutes, 34 seconds remaining in the contest.

The Lions might’ve come up just short of victory, but things couldn’t have started better for them on this night.

Cosby (3-4) fumbled on its first play from scrimmage and CCS’s Conner Quinlan recovered on the Eagles 22. Concord’s first offensive drive would stall and Grant Sillyman missed a 33-yard field goal with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter.

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Off tough loss, HVA hosts KDB

A modest four-game winning streak came to an end for the Hardin Valley Academy football team Friday night, Oct. 6. The Hawks came up on the short end of a 41-35 decision against Science Hill in Johnson City.

Prior to the game against the Hilltoppers, HVA head coach Wes Jones said he was waiting for his squad to truly play “Hardin Valley Football.” The Hawks may have just done that at Science Hill.

But all they had was a narrow loss to show for, arguably, their best game of the 2017 campaign.

“We had a chance to win the game late but we just came up a little short,” Jones said. “It was one of those crazy games. They put points on the board and we put points on the board. We both scored points.

“They just made a few more plays than we did. We played hard and I thought that we executed just fine against a very big, very physical football team. We would drive and then we would get a holding call.”

The Hawks [4-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 1-6A] will see another big a physical team this week when they host Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Friday night, Oct. 13.

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FHS volleyball rebuilds in 2017

KNOXVILLE — The 2017 season came to an end for the Farragut High School volleyball team.

The Lady Admirals, who had made the Class AAA state tournament in each of the last four seasons and reached the championship match three consecutive times, saw things come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Maryville at South-Doyle High School in the loser’s bracket semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Despite seeing things end early, Farragut head coach Susan Davidson saw plenty of reasons for optimism.

“We had a young team this year and then we had a lot of injuries,” Davidson said. “It was a rough deal. We have a tough district.

“We lost most of our sets by two to five points and we lost our leaders due to injury, and at the end of the season we were starting three really good freshmen.

“We’re looking forward to moving on and we’re starting to look forward.”

Despite facing adversity, the Lady Admirals did manage to finish second in District 3-AAA regular season, one of the toughest leagues in the state of Tennessee.

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