West Tennessee High School Football

Strong Second Half Leads Tullahoma To Program's First Ever State Title Appearance

Tullahoma entered Friday night’s 4A semifinal matchup with Haywood looking to advance to the program’s first state championship game in its history. The Wildcats were successful in that mission, beating Haywood 44-19 after a dominant second half performance. A back and forth first half between the two teams seemed to have this game shaped up to be one of the better games of the night, but a dominant 24-0 second half for Tullahoma sealed the victory for the Wildcats. Haywood took their first drive of the game into the endzone with ease, capped off by a 12-yard touchdown reception by Arkansas commit Jaylen Lewis. Tullahoma seemed to have a response for every play that Haywood made in the first half, as they drove the ball down for a touchdown on the ensuing drive. The second quarter shootout commenced, as Haywood kicked a field goal and followed that with Lewis’ second touchdown of the night from 53 yards out to extend Haywood’s lead to 16-7. From that point on, the Wildcats dominated in every aspect of the game. “We really had to start utilizing our passing game because we’re against people who are just as big and as physical as we are.” Tullahoma head coach John Olive said. “Once we got the jitters out of us, we really started to move the ball well.” Two huge plays in the pass game to end the first half gave Tullahoma a one-point lead going into halftime, along with all the momentum. The first a 80-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Scott to Krys Uselton, followed by a 63-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Jacob Dixon. The Tullahoma defense forced a stop to begin the second half and the Scott-to-Dixon connection was working at full speed, as Dixon found the endzone for the second time from 20 yards out. On the very first play for Haywood on the ensuing offensive possession, the Tullahoma defense laid a huge hit on Haywood quarterback Cordero Walker, forcing a fumble that the Wildcats scooped up and took into the endzone. With all the momentum, Tullahoma rolled through the rest of the second half to victory. Scott and Dixon were the stars for Tullahoma all night, as Scott finished 13 for 23 with 269 yards and a touchdown passing, while Dixon finished with 4 catches for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving. “Jacob’s a ballplayer, if I was going into a fight I’d take him with me.” Olive said. “He’s just a gutty performer. I love those types of players.” A large part of Tullahoma’s success is their senior class. Through the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Tullahoma did not win a single game. The Wildcats’ senior class came in and changed the culture, proving to be one of the most successful classes in program history. “They are a very talented class.” Olive said. “We have 22 seniors and all 22 seniors make a contribution every week. They are great leaders and they don’t care who gets the credit. They celebrate for each other.” Tullahoma will take on two-time defending 4A state champion Elizabethton on Saturday, December 2nd in Chattanooga, in the program’s first title game appearance.

Page Outlasts Henry County In Semifinal Thriller

One of the best high school games ever was played in Rudderville Friday night. Page hosted Henry County for the Class 5A State Semi Finals, a game that proved to be an instant classic. A 35 point fourth quarter, and a touchdown pass from Jake McNamara to Max Collins gave Page the edge in the end—sending them to their first state championship in school history. After a scoreless first quarter, the second quarter was very back and forth. McNamara connected with Boyce Smith for the game’s first score, giving Page a 7-0 lead. Henry County responded quickly; quarterback Ryan Damron tied the game from two yards out. McNamara connected with Smith again for a 31 yard touchdown to put Page on top but Damron answered again, scoring on a 12 yard run. Aiden Frey broke the 14-14 tie with a 33 yard field goal, sending Henry county in with a three point lead seconds before halftime. Henry County came out very aggressive in the third quarter. Cole Townsend and Damron both scored on 50+ yard runs to give Henry County a 31-14 lead. Page’s only score in the third quarter would come when McNamara and Smith connected for a third time. Facing a 10 point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, McNamara knew the offense needed to respond every time Henry County scored if they wanted a chance to win. “We just had to keep balling, that was our mentality,” he said. Townsend opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown from seven yards out, extending the Henry County lead to 38-21. McNamara led Page back down the field and connected with Michael Mayer to inch Page closer. Townsend immediately responded with a 57 yard run for Henry County. Page answered again when McNamara connected with Collins for a 23 yard touchdown, then they were faced with a decision. Page chose to attempt an onside kick with five minutes left, and it was successful. Now in plus territory, Page was back on offense. McNamara wasted no time and found Michael Mayer in the endzone bringing Page within three points. Townsend answered the call yet again for Henry County, this time breaking off a 70 yard run for a touchdown. Overall, he had 28 carries for 351 yards and four touchdowns. Page responded, with Ethan Cunnigham capping off the drive with a one yard rushing touchdown. Henry County took over on offense with two and a half minutes left, looking to score, but then disaster struck. A Townsend fumble gave Page the ball back with great field position. “I knew the defense was going to get our one stop, and they did at the right time,” McNamara said. With seven seconds left McNamara found Collins in the back left corner of the end zone, giving Page the 56-52 victory. Overall, McNamara was 26-48 for 442 yards and seven touchdowns through the air, and he added 17 carries for 99 yards on the ground. McNamara doesn’t believe that the winning fortune for Page is a surprise. “We were 5-5 last year and we built the mentality in the offseason that we were gonna be something special, and I believe that this team is something special,” he said. Now sitting at 13-1, Page will face Powell on Dec. 3 in Chattanooga with the 5A state title on the line. “Everyone has doubted us all year and they’re going to keep doubting us,” McNamara said. “We’ll be the underdog next week and that’s what we like, we’ve liked it all year.”

Semifinal Game Picks

We are now in the semifinals for all public school classifications, and there are only twelve games in the entire state this week. Oakland will travel to Maryville in our Game of the Week in one of the state’s best rivalries over the last decade. Our guest picker this week is former Oakland and current UNLV offensive lineman Graham Keating. Keating went 53-3 in his high school career with the Patriots, along with two state titles. Let’s get into our staff’s standings and predictions for all twelve of this week’s games. 1. Carter Mansfield 129-73 2. Hunter DeNote 127-75 3. Isaac Leedham 124-78 4. Cooper Haines 120-72 5. Guest Picker 115-77 T-6. Landen Secrest 114-78 T-6. Braedon Henson 114-78 8. Jake Wallman 112-90 9. Kelsey Crabtree 109-93 Game of the Week Oakland (13-0) at Maryville (13-0) Mansfield: Oakland DeNote: Oakland Leedham: Oakland Haines: Oakland Keating: Oakland Secrest: Oakland Henson: Maryville Wallman: Oakland Crabtree: Maryville Other Games Summit (13-0) at Hendersonville (10-3) Mansfield: Summit DeNote: Summit Leedham: Summit Haines: Summit Keating: Summit Secrest: Summit Henson: Hendersonville Wallman: Summit Crabtree: Summit South Pittsburg (10-2) at Cloudland (12-1) Mansfield: South Pittsburg DeNote: South Pittsburg Leedham: South Pittsburg Haines: South Pittsburg Keating: South Pittsburg Secrest: Cloudland Henson: Cloudland Wallman: South Pittsburg Crabtree: Cloudland Upperman (12-1) at Elizabethton (11-1) Mansfield: Elizabethton DeNote: Elizabethton Leedham: Elizabethton Haines: Elizabethton Keating: Elizabethton Secrest: Elizabethton Henson: Elizabethton Wallman: Elizabethton Crabtree: Upperman Trousdale County (11-1) at Hampton (9-2) Mansfield: Trousdale County DeNote: Trousdale County Leedham: Trousdale County Haines: Trousdale County Keating: Trousdale County Secrest: Trousdale County Henson: Trousdale County Wallman: Trousdale County Crabtree: Hampton Giles County (12-0) at Alcoa (12-1) Mansfield: Alcoa DeNote: Alcoa Leedham: Alcoa Haines: Alcoa Keating: Alcoa Secrest: Giles County Henson: Alcoa Wallman: Alcoa Crabtree: Alcoa Powell (11-2) at Knoxville West (11-2) Mansfield: Powell DeNote: Powell Leedham: Powell Haines: Knoxville West Keating: Powell Secrest: Knoxville West Henson: Knoxville West Wallman: Powell Crabtree: Knoxville West Dyersburg (12-0) at East Nashville (9-4) Mansfield: East Nashville DeNote: East Nashville Leedham: Dyersburg Haines: East Nashville Keating: East Nashville Secrest: East Nashville Henson: East Nashville Wallman: East Nashville Crabtree: East Nashville Haywood (13-0) at Tullahoma (13-0) Mansfield: Tullahoma DeNote: Tullahoma Leedham: Tullahoma Haines: Haywood Keating: Tullahoma Secrest: Tullahoma Henson: Tullahoma Wallman: Tullahoma Crabtree: Haywood Westview (12-1) at Riverside (12-1) Mansfield: Westview DeNote: Riverside Leedham: Westview Haines: Westview Keating: Westview Secrest: Westview Henson: Riverside Wallman: Westview Crabtree: Riverside Peabody (11-1) at McKenzie (13-0) Mansfield: McKenzie DeNote: Peabody Leedham: Peabody Haines: Peabody Keating: Peabody Secrest: Peabody Henson: Peabody Wallman: Peabody Crabtree: Peabody Henry County (8-5) at Page (12-1) Mansfield: Page DeNote: Henry County Leedham: Page Haines: Page Keating: Henry County Secrest: Page Henson: Henry County Wallman: Henry County Crabtree: Page

Round Three Game Picks

We are now in week three of the playoffs and we have a loaded slate of games. A pair of one loss teams make up our game of the week this week as Page (11-1) travels to Green Hill (11-1). Our guest picker is former Page quarterback and current Northern State tight end Jacob Van Landingham. Van Landingham threw for over 2,000 yards in his career at Page, before starting his college career at Virginia Tech. He spent two seasons with the Hokies before transferring to Northern State. Let’s get into our staff’s standings and picks. T-1. Carter Mansfield 118-69 T-1. Hunter DeNote 118-69 3. Isaac Leedham 115-72 4. Cooper Haines 109-78 5. Guest Picker 107-80 6. Landen Secrest 105-82 7. Braedon Henson 104-83 8. Kelsey Crabtree 103-84 9. Jake Wallman 102-85 Game Of The Week Page (11-1) at Green Hill (11-1) Mansfield: Page DeNote: Green Hill Leedham: Page Haines: Page Van Landingham: Page Secrest: Green Hill Henson: Page Crabtree: Page Wallman: Green Hill Other Games Beech (9-3) at Hendersonville (9-3) Mansfield: Hendersonville DeNote: Beech Leedham: Beech Haines: Hendersonville Van Landingham: Beech Secrest: Hendersonville Henson: Beech Crabtree: Beech Wallman: Hendersonville Ravenwood (10-2) at Summit (12-0) Mansfield: Summit DeNote: Summit Leedham: Summit Haines: Summit Van Landingham: Ravenwood Secrest: Summit Henson: Summit Crabtree: Ravenwood Wallman: Summit Knoxville Central (8-3) at Knoxville West (10-2) Mansfield: Knoxville West DeNote: Knoxville West Leedham: Knoxville West Haines: Knoxville West Van Landingham: Knoxville Central Secrest: Knoxville West Henson: Knoxville Central Crabtree: Knoxville West Wallman: Knoxville West DCA (10-1) at USJ (9-2) Mansfield: USJ DeNote: DCA Leedham: DCA Haines: USJ Van Landingham: USJ Secrest: DCA Henson: DCA Crabtree: DCA Wallman: DCA Elizabethton (10-1) at Greeneville (12-0) Mansfield: Greeneville DeNote: Greeneville Leedham: Greeneville Haines: Greeneville Van Landingham: Greeneville Secrest: Greeneville Henson: Greeneville Crabtree: Greeneville Wallman: Elizabethton Pearl-Cohn (11-1) at Tullahoma (12-0) Mansfield: Pearl-Cohn DeNote: Pearl-Cohn Leedham: Pearl-Cohn Haines: Pearl-Cohn Van Landingham: Pearl-Cohn Secrest: Pearl-Cohn Henson: Tullahoma Crabtree: Pearl-Cohn Wallman: Pearl-Cohn Giles County (11-0) at Loudon (11-1) Mansfield: Giles County DeNote: Loudon Leedham: Loudon Haines: Giles County Van Landingham: Giles County Secrest: Giles County Henson: Loudon Crabtree: Giles County Wallman: Giles County Covington (9-2) at Dyersburg (11-0) Mansfield: Covington DeNote: Dyersburg Leedham: Dyersburg Haines: Covington Van Landingham: Dyersburg Secrest: Dyersburg Henson: Dyersburg Crabtree: Covington Wallman: Covington Trousdale County (10-1) at Watertown (9-3) Mansfield: Trousdale County DeNote: Trousdale County Leedham: Watertown Haines: Trousdale County Van Landingham: Trousdale County Secrest: Watertown Henson: Trousdale County Crabtree: Trousdale County Wallman: Trousdale County MAHS (11-1) at Westview (11-1) Mansfield: Westview DeNote: MAHS Leedham: Westview Haines: Westview Van Landingham: Westview Secrest: Westview Henson: MAHS Crabtree: MAHS Wallman: Westview Gordonsville (11-1) at South Pittsburg (9-2) Mansfield: South Pittsburg DeNote: South Pittsburg Leedham: South Pittsburg Haines: South Pittsburg Van Landingham: Gordonsville Secrest: Gordonsville Henson: South Pittsburg Crabtree: South Pittsburg Wallman: South Pittsburg McKenzie (12-0) at Fayetteville (11-1) Mansfield: McKenzie DeNote: McKenzie Leedham: Fayetteville Haines: McKenzie Van Landingham: McKenzie Secrest: Fayetteville Henson: Fayetteville Crabtree: Fayetteville Wallman: Fayetteville Christian Brothers (8-4) at MBA (8-3) Mansfield: MBA DeNote: MBA Leedham: MBA Haines: MBA Van Landingham: MBA Secrest: MBA Henson: MBA Crabtree: Christian Brothers Wallman: Christian Brothers CPA (10-2) at Lausanne (8-1) Mansfield: CPA DeNote: CPA Leedham: CPA Haines: CPA Van Landingham: CPA Secrest: CPA Henson: CPA Crabtree: CPA Wallman: CPA

Round Two Game Picks

Round Two of the Tennessee high school football playoffs are here, and there are several powerhouse matchups to look out for. Our game of the week is a matchup between two 2A powerhouses in Trousdale County (9-1) at Meigs County (10-0). Our guest picker this week is former Meigs County quarterback and current Tennessee Tech defensive back Aaron Swafford. Swafford was a three-time Mr. Football finalist, winning the award in 2018, along with being a four time all-state selection. He took the Tigers to the state title game in 2019, as well. Let’s get into our standings and picks for this week’s top games. 1. Carter Mansfield 108-64 2. Hunter DeNote 107-65 3. Isaac Leedham 106-66 4. Cooper Haines 102-70 5. Guest Picker 98-74 T-6. Landen Secrest 97-75 T-6. Jake Wallman 97-75 8. Braedon Henson 95-77 9. Kelsey Crabtree 93-79 10. Jackson Utley 90-82 Game of the Week Trousdale County (9-1) at Meigs County (10-0) Mansfield: Meigs County DeNote: Meigs County Leedham: Meigs County Haines: Meigs County Swafford: Meigs County Secrest: Meigs County Wallman: Meigs County Henson: Meigs County Crabtree: Meigs County Utley: Meigs County Other Games Elizabethton (9-1) at Anderson County (6-5) Mansfield: Elizabethton DeNote: Elizabethton Leedham: Elizabethton Haines: Elizabethton Swafford: Elizabethton Secrest: Elizabethton Wallman: Elizabethton Henson: Elizabethton Crabtree: Elizabethton Utley: Anderson County Riverdale (10-1) at Lebanon (10-1) Mansfield: Riverdale DeNote: Riverdale Leedham: Riverdale Haines: Riverdale Swafford: Lebanon Secrest: Riverdale Wallman: Riverdale Henson: Riverdale Crabtree: Lebanon Utley: Lebanon Pearl-Cohn (10-1) at Hardin County (10-0) Mansfield: Hardin County DeNote: Pearl-Cohn Leedham: Hardin County Haines: Hardin County Swafford: Pearl-Cohn Secrest: Pearl-Cohn Wallman: Hardin County Henson: Pearl-Cohn Crabtree: Pearl-Cohn Utley: Pearl-Cohn Clay County (10-1) at South Pittsburg (8-2) Mansfield: South Pittsburg DeNote: South Pittsburg Leedham: South Pittsburg Haines: South Pittsburg Swafford: South Pittsburg Secrest: Clay County Wallman: South Pittsburg Henson: South Pittsburg Crabtree: South Pittsburg Utley: Clay County Karns (7-4) at Rhea County (9-2) Mansfield: Rhea County DeNote: Rhea County Leedham: Rhea County Haines: Rhea County Swafford: Rhea County Secrest: Rhea County Wallman: Rhea County Henson: Rhea County Crabtree: Rhea County Utley: Rhea County Marion County (9-1) at Watertown (8-3) Mansfield: Marion County DeNote: Watertown Leedham: Watertown Haines: Marion County Swafford: Watertown Secrest: Marion County Wallman: Marion County Henson: Watertown Crabtree: Marion County Utley: Watertown Waverly (9-1) at East Nashville (7-4) Mansfield: East Nashville DeNote: Waverly Leedham: Waverly Haines: Waverly Swafford: East Nashville Secrest: Waverly Wallman: Waverly Henson: East Nashville Crabtree: Waverly Utley: East Nashville Memphis Central (9-2) at Springfield (9-2) Mansfield: Springfield DeNote: Springfield Leedham: Memphis Central Haines: Memphis Central Swafford: Springfield Secrest: Springfield Wallman: Memphis Central Henson: Memphis Central Crabtree: Springfield Utley: Memphis Central Ravenwood (9-2) at Collierville (11-0) Mansfield: Ravenwood DeNote: Ravenwood Leedham: Collierville Haines: Ravenwood Swafford: Collierville Secrest: Ravenwood Wallman: Collierville Henson: Ravenwood Crabtree: Ravenwood Utley: Collierville Huntingdon (9-2) at MAHS (10-1) Mansfield: MAHS DeNote: MAHS Leedham: MAHS Haines: Huntingdon Swafford: Huntingdon Secrest: MAHS Wallman: Huntingdon Henson: MAHS Crabtree: MAHS Utley: MAHS Baylor (7-4) at MBA (7-3) Mansfield: MBA DeNote: MBA Leedham: MBA Haines: MBA Swafford: MBA Secrest: MBA Wallman: Baylor Henson: Baylor Crabtree: MBA Utley: MBA JP2 (7-4) at Brentwood Academy (7-3) Mansfield: Brentwood Academy DeNote: Brentwood Academy Leedham: JP2 Haines: Brentwood Academy Swafford: Brentwood Academy Secrest: Brentwood Academy Wallman: Brentwood Academy Henson: Brentwood Academy Crabtree: Brentwood Academy Utley: Brentwood Academy King’s Academy (8-3) at USJ (8-2) Mansfield: USJ DeNote: USJ Leedham: USJ Haines: USJ Swafford: USJ Secrest: USJ Wallman: USJ Henson: TKA Crabtree:TKA Utley: USJ Henry County (6-5) at Munford (9-2) Mansfield: Henry County DeNote: Henry County Leedham: Henry County Haines: Henry County Swafford: Munford Secrest: Munford Wallman: Henry County Henson: Henry County Crabtree: Henry County Utley: Henry County

Hardin County Rolls Over Marshall County In First Round Win

To kick off week one of the 4A playoffs, a showdown between the fourth seed of the competitive region five, Marshall County, and region six champions, Hardin County, was one of the more highly anticipated games in the state. Hardin County received the opening kickoff, and though HCHS gained momentum, a Marshall County defender snagged an interception over star Kaydin Pope, giving the visiting Tigers some energy. Marshall County’s resulting drive stalled out when HCHS’s special teams shined; Christian White blocked the punt for Hardin County, with Tylin Irvin hopping on the loose ball. HCHS took advantage of a starting field position at the 6-yard line. Jacob Harrison punched in the score for HCHS to give the Tigers a lead of 7-0. HCHS’s defense continued firing and got the Tigers the ball back with time to score before halftime. HCHS had penalties to contend with, but took the gamble from 12-yards out; Carter Smith hit junior Brayden Wilkes in the back corner of the endzone with four minutes left in the first half. HCHS held a 14-point lead, giving Marshall four minutes to cut the lead before half. Marshall County drew up a trick play, completing a pass down the field, though Kaydin Pope prevented a score, pushing the receiver out of bounds. The HCHS defense rebounded and held Marshall County to a 4th & 5 at the HCHS 21-yard line. The fourth-down conversion snap sailed above Quarterback Trey Warner, giving HCHS possession with less than two minutes left in the second quarter. The hosting Tigers took advantage of the last-minute drive; sophomore quarterback Carter Smith hit Seth Garner for a 76-yard score, giving HCHS momentum, and a 21-0 lead going into the half. Marshall County received the opening kickoff, though found no success. Marshall County drove to the HCHS four-yard line, though a high snap led to another HCHS turnover. HCHS took possession into the fourth quarter, punching in another Jacob Harrison touchdown, giving HCHS a lead and win of 28-0. HCHS's defense looked great throughout the evening grabbing sacks and keeping pressure on the quarterback all night. Next week Hardin County has a matchup against fellow state title contender Pearl Cohn. The Tigers host the dominant Pearl Cohn team, who rolled over Lexington in a 56-16 rout in their first round matchup.

Ravenwood Takes Down Whitehaven In First Round Battle Of State Heavyweights

On Friday night, Ravenwood and Whitehaven faced off in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. The two teams entered the fourth quarter tied 14-14 but with a little over six minutes left, Ravenwood quarterback Chris Parson connected with Lee Molette for a touchdown on a pass that was the highlight of the game. That moment proved to be the difference, and the Raptors went on to win 21-14. Parson provided the game’s first score when he scrambled into the end zone from eight yards out early in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, connected with Blake Irvin for a 21 yard touchdown. Ravenwood entered halftime leading 14-6 thanks to an impressive defensive performance, which included an Andrew Dudas interception. After Whitehaven managed to tie the game late in the third quarter, the stakes became a lot higher. Both teams knew someone would need to make a play to separate themselves. Parson and Molette connected to make that play midway through the fourth. Parson took the snap, scrambled to the left and saw multiple defenders in his face. He heaved a pass to the left side of the end zone and it landed in Molette’s hands. All three Ravenwood touchdowns had Parson’s name attached to them, but he believes his defense played a key part in the victory. “Kudos to the defense, they stepped up big time,” the Florida State commit said. “ Our offense was sloppy at times and we didn’t play our best football but we persevered.” Parson also didn’t discount the effort from his opponent. “Kudos to Whitehaven, they played a very tough game,” he said. Whitehaven’s first score came from Mikkal Stewart on a kickoff return early in the first. Jaquez Bradley provided the Tigers with their second score when he caught the game-tying pass early in the second half. With the loss, Whitehaven’s (7-4) season has concluded. Ravenwood (9-2) will travel to face undefeated Collierville next week in the second round of the playoffs. Parson believes that Ravenwood must focus and execute in order to advance deeper in the playoffs. “We’ve just got to lock in, we have to have a good week of practice, and we’ve got to come out here and execute,” he said. “ We got the opportunity tonight and we won, and now we get to play again. We’ve got to fix our mistakes and come back ready to play next week.”

Games of the Week Picks for the First Round of the Playoffs

The playoffs are finally here in Tennessee, and there are plenty of great first round matchups on the slate this week. Our game of the week this week is Whitehaven at Ravenwood. Our guest picker is former Ravenwood and current Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Brian Garcia. Let’s get into our staff’s standings for this season and the picks. 1. Carter Mansfield 101-56 2. Isaac Leedham 99-58 3. Hunter DeNote 96-61 4. Cooper Haines 93-64 5. Landen Secrest 91-66 T-6. Jake Wallman 90-67 T-6. Guest Picker 90-67 8. Braedon Henson 87-70 9. Kelsey Crabtree 83-74 10. Jackson Utley 81-76 Game of the Week Whitehaven (7-3) at Ravenwood (8-2) Mansfield: Ravenwood Leedham: Ravenwood DeNote: Ravenwood Haines: Ravenwood Secrest: Ravenwood Wallman: Whitehaven Garcia: Ravenwood Henson: Ravenwood Crabtree: Ravenwood Utley: Ravenwood Other Games Fairview (6-4) at Smith County (5-5) Mansfield: Fairview Leedham: Fairview DeNote: Smith County Haines: Smith County Secrest: Fairview Wallman: Fairview Garcia: Fairview Henson: Fairview Crabtree: Smith County Utley: Fairview Cascade (8-2) at Lewis County (7-3) Mansfield: Cascade Leedham: Lewis County DeNote: Lewis County Haines: Lewis County Secrest: Cascade Wallman: Lewis County Garcia: Cascade Henson: Lewis County Crabtree: Lewis County Utley: Lewis County Carter (6-4) at Elizabethton (8-1) Mansfield: Elizabethton Leedham: Elizabethton DeNote: Elizabethton Haines: Elizabethton Secrest: Elizabethton Wallman: Elizabethton Garcia: Elizabethton Henson: Elizabethton Crabtree: Elizabethton Utley: Elizabethton DeKalb County (6-4) at East Hamilton (7-2) Mansfield: East Hamilton Leedham: East Hamilton DeNote: DeKalb County Haines: East Hamilton Secrest: East Hamilton Wallman: East Hamilton Garcia: East Hamilton Henson: DeKalb County Crabtree: DeKalb County Utley: East Hamilton Marshall County (7-3) at Hardin County (10-0) Mansfield: Hardin County Leedham: Hardin County DeNote: Hardin County Haines: Hardin County Secrest: Marshall County Wallman: Hardin County Garcia: Marshall County Henson: Hardin County Crabtree: Hardin County Utley: Hardin County Walker Valley (5-5) at Karns (6-4) Mansfield: Karns Leedham: Karns DeNote: Walker Valley Haines: Karns Secrest: Karns Wallman: Karns Garcia: Karns Henson: Walker Valley Crabtree: Karns Utley: Walker Valley Rockvale (7-3) at Shelbyville (4-6) Mansfield: Shelbyville Leedham: Rockvale DeNote: Rockvale Haines: Rockvale Secrest: Rockvale Wallman: Rockvale Garcia: Rockvale Henson: Shelbyville Crabtree: Shelbyville Utley: Shelbyville Nolensville (4-6) at Station Camp (8-2) Mansfield: Nolensville Leedham: Station Camp DeNote: Nolensville Haines: Station Camp Secrest: Station Camp Wallman: Station Camp Garcia: Nolensville Henson: Station Camp Crabtree: Station Camp Utley: Station Camp Cleveland (6-4) at West Ridge (8-2) Mansfield: Cleveland Leedham: Cleveland DeNote: West Ridge Haines: West Ridge Secrest: West Ridge Wallman: West Ridge Garcia: West Ridge Henson: Cleveland Crabtree: Cleveland Utley: West Ridge Brentwood (6-4) at Germantown (8-2) Mansfield: Germantown Leedham: Brentwood DeNote: Germantown Haines: Germantown Secrest: Germantown Wallman: Germantown Garcia: Germantown Henson: Brentwood Crabtree: Brentwood Utley: Brentwood Independence (4-6) at Collierville (10-0) Mansfield: Collierville Leedham: Collierville DeNote: Independence Haines: Collierville Secrest: Collierville Wallman: Collierville Garcia: Independence Henson: Independence Crabtree: Collierville Utley: Independence Davidson Academy (6-4) at ECS (6-3) Mansfield: ECS Leedham: ECS DeNote: Davidson Academy Haines: ECS Secrest: Davidson Academy Wallman: Davidson Academy Garcia: Davidson Academy Henson: ECS Crabtree: ECS Utley: ECS Father Ryan (6-4) at MUS (6-4) Mansfield: MUS Leedham: MUS DeNote: Father Ryan Haines: MUS Secrest: MUS Wallman: MUS Garcia: Father Ryan Henson: Father Ryan Crabtree: MUS Utley: Father Ryan Baylor (6-4) at Ensworth (7-3) Mansfield: Ensworth Leedham: Ensworth DeNote: Baylor Haines: Baylor Secrest: Ensworth Wallman: Ensworth Garcia: Baylor Henson: Ensworth Crabtree: Ensworth Utley: Baylor

1A Playoff Preview

Contenders: Peabody, South Pittsburg, Fayetteville, Coalfield, McKenzie, Gordonsville Dark Horses: Middle College, Cloudland, Clay County, Lake County, Cornersville Top 5 First Round Matchups: Greenback at Cloudland, Midway at Unaka, Eagleville at Dresden, McEwen at Cornersville, West Carroll at Booker T. Washington Bracket Breakdown For this part, we will be breaking down the bracket into fourths. The winner of each quadrant makes it to the semifinals of the playoffs. Quadrant 1 Quadrant 1 has several high quality programs that could make a run if they get hot. Coalfield is the favorite to make it out of Quadrant 1 based on how dominant they were in region play, but teams like Cloudland, Unaka, Midway, and Oakdale could all pose a threat as well. Expect plenty of competitive early round matchups here. Quadrant 2 Quadrant 2 is extremely top heavy, as there are three teams that have a chance to make a run at Chattanooga in Gordonsville, South Pittsburg, and Clay County. It is hard to see anyone else in this quadrant competing with those three programs. South Pittsburg-Clay County would be one of the best second round matchups in the entire state. If South Pittsburg and Gordonsville met in a quarterfinal rematch from last year, the Pirates would host this year’s matchup. Quadrant 3 Quadrant 3 is easily the deepest of any in 1A. There are two big-time state title contenders in Fayetteville and McKenzie, while also featuring several other solid programs that could pull an upset such as McEwen, Dresden, Eagleville, and Cornersville. Whoever makes it out of Quadrant 3 will be as battle tested as anyone in class 1A. Quadrant 4 Quadrant 4 has an easy favorite in Peabody. Peabody had won three consecutive state titles in 2A before moving down to 1A before this season. The Golden Tide are the favorite to take home another title this season, but teams like Lake County and Middle College will be Peabody’s biggest roadblocks in contending for another state title. Bracket Projection

2A Playoff Preview

Contenders: Meigs County, Westview, MAHS, Marion County Dark Horses: Riverside, South Greene, Trousdale County, Watertown, Fairley, Huntingdon, Hampton, Tyner Academy Top 5 First Round Matchups: Monterey at Hampton, East Hickman at Summertown, Tyner Academy at Trousdale County, Cascade at Lewis County, Mitchell at Huntingdon Bracket Breakdown For this part, we will be breaking down the bracket into fourths. The winner of each quadrant makes it to the semifinals of the playoffs. Quadrant 1 Quadrant 1 has several solid teams that could make it to the semifinals. While there does not seem to be a true state title contender from this group, South Greene, Hampton, Monterey, Oneida, and Rockwood are all teams that could make a run from Quadrant 1. South Greene is probably the best team from this group, though. Quadrant 2 Whichever team makes it out of Quadrant 2 is going to the state title game, in my opinion. The thing about that is that there are at least four teams that could make it out in Trousdale County, Watertown, Meigs County, and Marion County. Meigs County is the favorite here simply because they have been to the state title game the past two seasons, but you really can’t count out any team from this quadrant. Quadrant 3 There are several very good teams that make up Quadrant 3. Riverside is the favorite to make the semifinals out of this quadrant, but teams like Forrest, Summertown, Cascade, and Lewis County could give the Panthers a run for their money as well. Quadrant 4 There are two heavyweights that make up Quadrant 4 in MAHS and Westview. They would be set to match up in the quarterfinals, but not without several teams that could give them a run for their money in the early rounds. Huntingdon, Mitchell, Fairley, and Freedom Prep have all had very good seasons and could pose a challenge to both MAHS and Westview. 2A in Memphis has been extremely solid this year, so expect this to be one of the more exciting sections of the bracket. Bracket Prediction

3A Playoff Preview

Contenders: Alcoa, Giles County, Covington, Dyersburg, East Nashville Dark Horses: White House, Loudon, Waverly Top 5 First Round Matchups: Signal Mountain at Cannon County, Sequatchie County at Kingston, White House Heritage at East Nashville, Fairview at Smith County, Stratford at White House Bracket Breakdown For this part, we will be breaking down the bracket into fourths. The winner of each quadrant makes it to the semifinals of the playoffs. Quadrant 1 The obvious choice to come out of this quadrant is Alcoa, as they have won the 3A state title six years in a row. While Alcoa is the far-and-away favorite here, there are also other solid programs in this quadrant such as Unicoi County, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg Pittman that could bring some solid games in the first and second round between each other. Quadrant 2 Quadrant 2 has plenty of programs that have the capability to make the semifinals and potentially set up a date with Alcoa. My pick to come out of this quadrant is Giles County. The Bobcats are the most complete team in this quadrant in my opinion, but watch out for teams such as Loudon, Kingston, and Signal Mountain. Quadrant 3 Quadrant 3 is definitely the deepest of any of the four quadrants. East Nashville, Waverly, White House, and Fairview are all teams that could end up making it to the semifinals out of this quadrant. Do not be surprised if the team that makes it out of this quadrant makes it into the state championship game because of how battle tested they will be during the early rounds. Quadrant 4 Dyersburg and Covington are the two favorites to come out of Quadrant 4. Dyersburg took the regular regular season matchup over Covington, but I like Covington to win if the two teams match up again in the quarterfinals. Memphis East and Trezevant are two teams from Region 8 that could make some noise as well. Bracket Prediction

4A Playoff Preview

Contenders: Greeneville, Haywood, Tullahoma, Hardin County, Pearl-Cohn Dark Horses: Upperman, Elizabethton, Anderson County, Red Bank, East Hamilton Top 5 First Round Matchups: South-Doyle at Greeneville, Carter at Elizabethton, DeKalb County at East Hamilton, Marshall County at Hardin County, Chattanooga Central at Macon County Bracket Breakdown For this part, we will be breaking down the bracket into fourths. The winner of each quadrant makes it to the semifinals of the playoffs. Quadrant 1 Quadrant 1 has the clear state title favorite in Greeneville, but you can’t discount teams such as back-to-back defending state champion Elizabethton and Region 2 champion Anderson County. Whoever makes the semifinals out of this quadrant will be as battle tested as anyone in the state. Quadrant 2 Quadrant 2 does not really have a team that has been completely dominant all year, but several different teams that could end up making it to the semifinals. Upperman is probably the favorite here, but you can’t overlook teams like East Hamilton, Red Bank, and Chattanooga Central from Region 3 and Dekalb County and Macon County from Region 4. Quadrant 3 Quadrant 3 has 4A’s deepest region in Region 5, along with a state title contender from Region 6 in Hardin County. It is not very often that there are three state title contenders in one quadrant, but that is the case here as you have two undefeated teams in Tullahoma and Hardin County. Pearl Cohn will also be a team to watch out for, as their only loss on the season came at the hands of Tullahoma. Quadrant 4 Haywood is the clear favorite to come out of Quadrant 4. The Tomcats are real state title contenders in 4A, but if anyone poses a challenge, it would be a team like South Gibson, Milan, or Kirby. It will be interesting to see if anyone from this quadrant can potentially pull off an upset. Bracket Prediction

5A Playoff Preview

Contenders: Knoxville West, Powell, Page Dark Horses: Green Hill, Memphis Central, Rhea County, Knoxville Central, Henry County, Springfield, Karns Top Five First Round Matchups: Knoxville Halls at Daniel Boone, Oak Ridge at McMinn County, Walker Valley at Karns, Campbell County at Rhea County, Nolensville at Station Camp Bracket Breakdown For this part, we will be breaking down the bracket into fourths. The winner of each quadrant makes it to the semifinals of the playoffs. Quadrant 1 This is probably the only quadrant in 5A that one region has a real chance to sweep the other in the first round. In Region 1, the top seed, Daniel Boone, has a losing record and will take on a very solid Halls team. Knoxville West and Knoxville Central are almost locks to win in the first round, while Sevier County and Halls both have a solid chance to win as well. West and Central are both the clear favorites to make the semifinals in this quadrant. Quadrant 2 Quadrant 2 is the most loaded and deep of any of the four quadrants in 5A. All four teams in Region 3 (Powell, Karns, Oak Ridge, and Campbell County) are all extremely solid, but Rhea County, McMinn County, and Walker Valley are also solid in their own right. Powell is the clear favorite to come out of this quadrant in my opinion, but this quadrant is extremely deep, so do not be surprised if there are some upsets along the way. Quadrant 3 Quadrant 3 is also very deep, as Region 5 is probably 5A’s toughest region. There are several phenomenal first round matchups including Mt. Juliet at Columbia and Nolensville at Station Camp. Page and Green Hill are the two clear favorites in this quadrant, but watch out for Mt. Juliet, Nolensville, Columbia, and Station Camp as well. Quadrant 4 Quadrant 4 is probably the most wide open of any in 5A. There are the two region champions, Munford and Springfield, who are solid but have not been dominant this season. There also have teams like Henry County and Memphis Central who could just as easily come out of the quadrant. Memphis Central is going to be my pick to come out of the quadrant, but I would not be surprised at all of any of those other three teams listed make it out of quadrant 4. Projected Bracket

6A Playoff Preview

Contenders: Maryville, Oakland, Summit Dark Horses: Hendersonville, Riverdale, Ravenwood, Collierville Top Five First Round Matchups: Brentwood at Germantown, Whitehaven at Ravenwood, Independence at Collierville, Rockvale at Shelbyville, Cleveland at West Ridge Bracket Breakdown Quadrant 1 Maryville is everyone’s favorite to advance from this quadrant. Even the Rebels will have a tough first round matchup though, as they will take on Dobyns-Bennett. This quadrant also has one of 6A’s best first round matchups, as Cleveland will travel to take on West Ridge. Bradley Central and Region One champion Science Hill are also teams that could make some noise. Quadrant 2 Oakland is the number one team in 6A and have already beaten arguably the second best team in the quadrant (Riverdale) handily. There are some very intriguing first round matchups in this quadrant, as Rockvale will travel to take on Shelbyville and Stewarts Creek will travel to take on Region 3 champion Lebanon. Lebanon and Riverdale are both teams that could make some noise here along with Oakland. Quadrant 3 This quadrant is interesting because there is not really a dominant team that is a clear cut state contender. Hendersonville is probably the best team in this quadrant, but Cane Ridge and Beech among others are also in contention to make it to the semifinals out of this quadrant. Gallatin at Smyrna and Overton at Beech are two first round matchups to keep an eye on. Quadrant 4 This is easily the most stacked quadrant from top to bottom, as the Williamson County 6A schools will match up with the Memphis-area 6A schools. Almost anyone could come out of this quadrant and it would not be a huge shock. Brentwood at Germantown, Whitehaven at Ravenwood, Houston at Summit and Independence at Collierville will all be phenomenal first round matchups. Whoever comes out of this quadrant could end up giving Oakland or Maryville a run for their money if they make it to Chattanooga. Bracket Prediction

Riverside Rolls Over Lewis County in Region Championship

As the regular season draws to a close, several region titles were up for grabs across the state. Region 6 in 2A saw a showdown between the Lewis County Panthers and the Riverside Panthers. Both teams came into the week in our class 2A rankings, with Lewis County at the #14 spot and Riverside at #6. Riverside received the opening kickoff and bolted down the field, grabbing a 7-0 lead; Amari Thomas barrelled into the endzone from two yards out with 8:28 left in the first. The hosting Panthers followed up with a stop on defense and then a 68-yard touchdown rush from Casen Reddix. The extra point was missed, and Lewis County looked to respond. Blake Carroll found the endzone for Lewis County from 31-yards out as the buzzer sounded for the end of the first quarter, cutting the Riverside lead to 13-7. Riverside looked to take back momentum, and did just that. After the kickoff, Riverside’s Trent Smith rushed for a 65-yard touchdown. Riverside got back their missed extra point, as Amari Thomas punched in a two-point conversion. Riverside held a 21-7 lead and didn't slow down. Amari Thomas caught a check down pass and took it 32-yards, giving Riverside a 28-7 lead going into the half. The home team continued to dominate in the third quarter, as Reddix opened up the scoring after an 11-yard rush to the endzone. Riverside carried that 35-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Riverside found the endzone once more on the night, triggering a running clock after Reddix found the end zone from 41-yards out. Lewis County’s Dyer Barnes grabbed a 17-yard shot to the endzone, giving Riverside a comfortable 42-13 win going into the first round of the 2A playoffs. Next week Riverside will host Loretto, while Lewis County hosts Cascade.

Week Eleven Game Picks

There is always high stakes in the final week of the regular season, and this year is no different. There are several region titles on the line, including our game of the week as Watertown will travel to Trousdale County with the Region 4-2A championship on the line. Our guest picker this week is former Watertown and current Western Kentucky offensive lineman Rusty Staats. Staats was a 2A Mr. Football semifinalist in high school and is in his fourth year with the Western Kentucky football program. Let’s get into our staff’s standings and picks.
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