The TSSAA playoffs are in full swing with the field being cut in half again on Friday night in the second round.
Fulton welcomed Greeneville to North Knoxville with revenge in mind. The Greene Devils eliminated Fulton from the playoffs in each of the last two seasons by a combined score of 77-0.
The Falcons got their revenge thanks to an explosive rushing attack and a stifling defense, beating Greeneville 42-14. Fulton’s “D” blocked a field goal and returned a fumble for a touchdown early in the contest and held Greeneville scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Daryl Rollins racked up 256 rushing yards and three scores. He put the game on ice with a 94 yard touchdown run to make it 42-0 in the third quarter.
Fulton will travel to No. 1 seed Livingston Academy next week.
Maryville and Oak Ridge squared off in another rematch game down in Blount County. Rian Hall’s interception return to the two-yard line allowed Oak Ridge to tie the game at 25 in the third quarter. Shawn Prevo quickly recaptured the lead for Maryville and the Rebels held on to win 39-25.
Maryville will host undefeated Dobyns-Bennett in the quarterfinals.
Powell eliminated West for the second year in a row, 28-17. Five turnovers doomed the Rebels. West had a chance at a comeback trailing by 12 and driving early in the fourth quarter but fumbled the ball back to Powell. Ty’shawn Gardin iced the game with a touchdown run on the next play.
Derek Rang and the Panthers host Tennessee High out of Bristol next week.
The stage is set for a rematch between rivals CAK and Alcoa in the 3A quarterfinals.
The Warriors offense had its lowest point output of the season in a 23-7 win over Kingston. The Yellow Jackets’ seven points were also the fewest allowed all year by the CAK defense.
Alcoa won its first round game by only ten points but left no doubt in this one, pounding Sweetwater 49-14.
CAK beat Alcoa at home 38-37 in last year’s quarterfinals, ending the Tornadoes’ seven year reign as state champions. This time, Alcoa will host the playoff battle.
Another set of East Tennessee teams will face each other in the Class 1A quarterfinals as Coalfield will visit Greenback.
Grace was without Class A Mr. Football Back of the Year Finalist Will McKamey, but found a way to beat a tough Silverdale squad, 28-20.
Boyd Buchanan will make the trip from Chattanooga to take on the Rams in the quarterfinals.
Webb overcame Harding Academy’s massive defensive line as T.K. Kelly scored six touchdowns in a 49-21 win. The Division II playoffs include less teams, so the Spartans will host a semifinal game against Donelson Christian (DCA) next week. A win in that game would send Webb to the DII-A state championship game.
Sevier County played another classic game against Dobyns-Bennett, who the Smoky Bears eliminated in overtime in 2011.
A fourth quarter touchdown pass from Luke Manning to Logan McCarter brought Sevier County within seven. The Smoky Bears drove down the field on their next possession and had a third-and-goal at the one-yard line. Manning’s pass on third down fell incomplete and the Indians stuffed a QB sneak on fourth down.
Sevier County got one last chance but couldn’t convert a 4th-and-15 near midfield and Dobyns-Bennett held on to win 28-21.
Lenoir City trailed 21-7 in the third quarter and let the game slip away with turnovers on three consecutive offensive possessions. The Panthers were eliminated by Ooltewah, 31-7.
Gatlinburg-Pittman, Oneida and Morristown West were also knocked out of the playoffs.
Playoff brackets can be found on the TSSAA website.
Check WBIR-TV and USATodayhss.com for complete coverage of the playoffs throughout the week.