Spotlight on: Farragut Admirals
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Group: Class 5A
By Jimmy Oliver
A first glance at Reese Browning and the Farragut Admirals and one might mistake the squad for the Dallas Cowboys.
The comparisons start with the blue star on the silver helmet and similar color patterns, but due to the team’s elite skill level this season, the Admirals have made fans double take nearly every Friday night, and often fueling questions over whether Farragut truly is “America’s Team” in disguise.
Meanwhile, Browning has done his best Tony Romo impersonation this season in leading the way for the Admirals. The junior quarterback has lifted his squad to a 7-0 overall record so far this season thanks to his strong, accurate passing ability and elite game management skills. In seven starts, he has thrown for a total of 1,627 yards while tossing 17 touchdowns; quite impressive for a junior signal-caller.
But while the ball flies long and high for the Admirals, it just might be the stable of game-changing running backs that ignites this squad. Junior D’Andre Purdy is the leader of the group and has already rushed for 749 yards this season with nine touchdowns. Likewise, Chris Bass, Trevoris Bogan and Monte Hudson, among others, have seen frequent action and have made major contributions.
And with four different running backs that can go the distance on any given down, as well as a capable tight end in Derek Harper, it’s no secret that Farragut’s offense is humming. Through seven games so far, the Admirals have averaged 39 points per contest, while holding opponents to just 11.4 total – good for a difference of nearly four touchdowns every game.
Defensively, the Admirals are putting up impressive numbers to date. With a lofty 12 interceptions and six fumble recoveries, it’s apparent that this squad is made up of ball hawks. Seniors Jonathan Moskal and Bogan lead the way with three picks apiece.
While the Admirals have been outstanding in all phases of the game thus far, the team’s next two games pose as major hurdles. Rival schools Ooltewah and Soddy Daisy still loom, and both have lost just once to date.
But with Farragut’s chameleon-like style of offense and nose for the ball on defense, the squad should look to enter as favorites in both of those games.
It’s apparent so far -- just like the big boys down in “Big D,” -- that Farragut’s star is shining bright and will likely do so for the rest of the season.
Next: October 17, 2008 at Ooltewah (5-1 overall, State PR: 82.37, Rank: 9).