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PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: With few first-round upsets, Round 2 likely to deliver fireworks

Half of the field has been eliminated from the Tennessee state football playoffs.

Terry Davis

The first round is normally when upsets are most likely to occur, but with few exceptions, the brackets held up – very few teams lost at home. As the rounds go higher and the stakes are greater.  All games kick-off at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.

You can check out all brackets at the TSSAA site here. But here are some games to keep an eye on:

Class 6

Houston’s Lincoln Pare continues to be a throne in the sides of defenses.  He rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns in their He also had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  The Cougars will try to stay undefeated when they host the White Station Spartans.

The Whitehaven Tigers will look to defeat the Central Warriors for the second time this season.  The defense of the Tigers led the way again with a 50-8 win over Cordova.

Central upset Collierville last week to advance.  Beverly Cartier rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the upset.  Central will try to give Whitehaven its first loss of the season to a team from Shelby County.

Class 5A

Southwind looks to advance to the third round.  The Jaguars defeated Kenwood 55-7.  The Jaguars will rely on their defense again next week when they will host Dyer County.

Class 4A

The Millington Trojans advanced to the second round on the strength of Tommy Clifton.  He had 13 carries for 204 yards and scored three touchdowns.  The Trojans will host Crocket County.

Class 3A

Wooddale had an easy win over Westview 54-14.  The Cardinals will host Milan this week.

Class 2A

Fairley’s head Gene Robinson has his team in the second round of the playoffs again.  The Bulldogs shutout Adamsville 36-0 and will host Union City.

Class 1A

Middle College continued its season with a 42-13 victory over Dresden.  The Bulldogs used a 20-point second quarter to put the game out of reach.  Antonyus Moore rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns.  The Bulldogs will host West Carroll.

Mase 19-13 win over Greenfield was their first ever playoff win.  MASE will look to continue their journey when they travel to Lake County.

Division II

Defending state champions Lausanne squeaked out a 19-17 victory over St. George’s.  Kyle Lowe had 25 carries for 208 yards and three touchdowns.  Lausanne will host FRA.

Briarcrest will host Ensworth and CBHS will have to travel to McCallie.  MUS will entertain Knoxville Catholic.  ECS will host BGA.


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