Playoff pairings unveiled Nov. 1st
The waiting will be over Saturday morning as the TSSAA will announce the 2014 playoff brackets and first round pairings.
In the last year of the so-called "Z-Plan" many coaches and administrators won't be sure their teams will be playing next week until the information is posted online at www.TSSAA.org. A release from the TSSAA said the brackets would be posted by 10 a.m.
"I've had to do some homework," said Wilson Central head coach Brad Dedman, "you know it's complicated when we have to be on top of what teams in West Tennessee are doing in relationship to us getting in or not."
Dedman's Wildcats stand 4-5 overall, and hope to be in the playoffs if they can pull off a win tonight at Gallatin. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Calvin Short Stadium.
Win or lose, the Green Wave figure to be a lock to make the Class 5A field, but Dedman's club will need to defeat GHS and hope to get some help along the way in order to reach the Class 6A playoffs.
Wilson Central stands 4-5 overall and has won three of its last four games -- including last week's 40-13 road win at Lebanon High.
Watertown blanks JCHS 20-0
WATERTOWN -- Class 2A Watertown hopes for good news Saturday as the Purple Tigers did their part -- downing Jackson County 20-0 Thursday at Robinson Stadium.
"Memphis Mitchell and Hillcrest were disqualified from the playoffs earlier today," Watertown coach Gavin Webster said after Thursday's victory.
"It looked like they both were going to be in the playoffs, so that can't hurt our chances. Looking at all the rankings, I thought we were about 25th in the 24-team field, right on the bubble. Nothing's impossible, we'll just wait and see."
The Tigers finished the regular season 5-5, winning in five of their last six outings after an 0-4 start.
Webster's team ground out 323 yards rushing against the Blue Devils, piling up 18 first downs.
Powerful junior Luke Turner paced the offense, rushing 26 times for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
QB Seth Price carried 12 times for 121 yards and scored on a 21-yard run early in the second quarter -- giving his team a 14-0 lead.
"We've preached all week about not getting down, this thing might not be over yet," Webster said, "the main thing we had to take care of ourselves. We did that tonight, we played a physical brand of football and won in a convincing way. If we get in great, if not, these kids did all they could do."
Watertown's defense held Jackson County to 153 yards in total offense and nine first downs.
Friendship rips Ezell-Harding
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian tuned up for a first round home game in the playoffs next week by drilling Ezell-Harding 48-13 Thursday at Pirtle Field.
Austin Taylor had another spectacular night, rushing for 234 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns.
All told, FCS piled up 417 yards in offense and 19 first downs on just 33 snaps.
The Commanders will host either Northpoint Christian or FACS next week in the opening round of the Division II playoffs.
Beech at Lebanon
A long 2014 football season comes to a close tonight for Lebanon High as the Blue Devils host District 9-AAA rival Beech. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tribble Field / Watkins Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.
Coach Sam Harp's squad comes in 0-9 and is hoping to avoid the program's first winless season since the 1979 campaign.
The Bucs stand 4-6 overall, but 4-2 in the district following last week's narrow 28-27 loss at Hendersonville. Beech is led on offense by junior tailback Rodrick Napper who has rushed for 1,061 yards and 17 touchdowns.
DCA at MJ Christian
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy closes out the first year under head coach Dan Davis tonight vs. East-Middle District foe Donelson Christian. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Suey Field.
MJCA stands 2-7, winners in two of the last three games. Last week the Saints won 34-10 at Zion Christian.
DCA opened 6-0, then lost two in a row before righting the ship Oct. 24 with a 56-26 victory over Davidson Academy.