COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Joe Doyle didn’t allow a missed extra point and field goal in the state final bother him.
The Farragut (Tenn.) High School senior kicker and punter rebounded for a 42-yard field goal to put the Admirals in front for good over Independence 38-35 with 8:30 to play in the TSSAA Class 5A state championship on Dec. 2.
“I just tried to snap-and-clear the kick,” Doyle said. “I’ve made it at practice, so I know I can make it in the game. I was just very thankful that they trusted me, and I’m happy that I got the result that I wanted.
“I was excited (after it went through the uprights). Biggest rush I’ve ever had.”
The go-ahead field goal wasn’t the only gusty moment for the Admirals senior. He also banged a 57-yard punt with under 2:40 to play in the fourth quarter to pin Independence deep in its own territory.
“Right when it hit my foot I knew that that was a ball,” Doyle said.
The 45-35 come-from-behind win over previously undefeated Independence gave Farragut its first football state championship in school history.
“It’s a great feeling,” Doyle said. “I’m sure the whole team is blessed just as much as I am. We’re all just thankful for this opportunity. I couldn’t be more happy than I am right now.”
Doyle has stepped up in camp situations as well, earning a spot in the Under Armour All-America Game after an impressive performance at the National Scholarship Camp where he put his consistency and hands on display. He rates in the Kohl’s Punter Rating System as the No. 5 punter in the 2017 class.
Tennessee’s Trevor Daniel enters his redshirt senior season next year. Butch Jones and his staff have a tendency to bring specialists onto the roster a year prior to a starting vacancy so they can redshirt and develop. Doyle may get that opportunity from the Volunteers whether as a preferred walk-on or via scholarship.
“That would mean everything,” Doyle said of a potential Tennessee scholarship. “I’ve grown up in Knoxville my whole life. They’re the dream school. That’s the dream.
“I’ve been on a couple visits, but if I get an offer from them, I’ll definitely take an official visit sometime.
“I went to the (Tennessee) specialist camp, and I kicked in front of Butch one time before that, too. Then, I went to the Ohio game and the Alabama game this season, too.”
The conversation with the fourth-year head man didn’t last terribly long but Doyle enjoyed it.
“He just said good ball (after a camp rep),” Doyle said. “He didn’t talk much to me. It was awesome. We got to talk a little bit but nothing much.”
Doyle has an offer from Air Force and preferred walk-on option from Middle Tennessee State.
The Under Armour All-America Game is at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 1, 2017.