Fairview found itself in an unfamiliar situation with Saturday’s revealing of the state football playoff brackets. So did Cane Ridge, but for a different reason.
After hosting Class 3A opening-round games each of the past two seasons — last year as a quadrant No. 1 seed — Fairview (7-3) drew a No. 5 seed and will travel to fourth-seeded Smith County on Friday.
“I hate it for this group of seniors that they’re not going to have a (playoff) home game,” Fairview coach Chris Hughes said. “They deserve that. But I’m actually looking forward to the challenge. We’re capable of beating anybody, and we’re capable of getting beaten by anybody.”
In each quadrant, the district champions are seeded first by overall wins, followed by the second-place and then the wild-card teams.
The Yellow Jackets split their first four games — with losses to Cheatham County and Page — before winning five of their last six and finishing third in District 12-AA. “The Page loss changed our whole season,” Hughes said. “We’ve got to clean up our penalties and take care of the football. If we do that, we’ve got a chance against anybody.”
Cane Ridge, in its fourth season of competition, goes into its first postseason as a No. 3 seed in the Class 6A playoffs. The District 12-AAA champion Ravens (8-2) won just five games in the previous three seasons. They will host Riverdale, a four-time state champion, on Friday.
“I’m excited for these kids,” first-year coach Jonathan Parks said. ” … To go out on top in the district and have a chance to play for a championship is great. I can’t imagine a better opponent than Riverdale, with all the success and tradition they’ve had. We’re looking forward to the matchup and to getting our first playoff win. We’re not going to be overconfident, but we’re in it to win it.”