By Brian Akins:
The 8-0 Farragut Admirals travel down Kingston Pike to face off against the Bearden Bulldogs on Rivalry Thursday. Farragut holds a 16-2 record over the Bulldogs since 2004. Bearden’s last win over the Admirals came back in 2012 when the Bulldogs defeated Farragut 48-45.
This year Bearden is (6-1, 2-1) on the season thus far with one loss to region opponent Science Hill. On the flip side, Farragut is (8-0, 4-0) with region wins over Dobyns Bennett, Morristown West, Jefferson County and Science Hill. Bearden sits at second place in region 1-6A and Farragut sits in first place in the region.
Farragut is led on offense and defense by star WR/CB Tanner Corum, whose cousin happens to be NFL tight end Travis Kelce. Corum has been dominant on both sides of the ball all season long. Corum has 19 receptions, 438 yards and three touchdowns at receiver and at corner he has four interceptions.
Bearden is led on offense by running back Caleb Wilkins, who has 103 carries, 536 yards and nine touchdowns thus far on the season. On defense, Bearden is led by VFL Condredge Holloway’s son Condredge Holloway at defensive end. Holloway has 35 tackles and three sacks on the defense.
This matchup between the Admirals and Bulldogs is setting up to be a contest of powerhouses this season in 6A. Bearden could potentially land themselves in first place in region 1 if they can manage to get a win over Farragut. Of course, if Farragut wins they will continue to hold that number one spot in the region.
I think that this game is going to be a fireworks show between these two teams. However, I believe that despite Bearden’s home field advantage Farragut will still find a way to win their ninth game this season behind head coach Eddie Courtney. I think the Admirals will defeat the Bulldogs by a final score of 34-24.