A to Z: High School Football Playoffs

A to Z: High School Football Playoffs

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A to Z: High School Football Playoffs

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The high school football playoffs kick off in football stadiums across the state tonight.

It begins a month-long march to Cookeville, site of the TSSAA’s BlueCross Bowl Championship games.

Here is our look at the high school football playoffs — from A to Z.

AAntioch. The Bears host Siegel tonight. They are one of three five-win teams in the Class 6A playoffs, but lone 5-5 squad to host an opening round game after finishing the District 12-AAA runner-up.

BBye. All first and second seeded teams in the Class 1A and 2A playoffs are off this week due to a 24-team bracket. Among those teams being off are Eagleville (9-1), which is the No. 1 seed in quadrant 3 in the 2A playoffs.

CCookeville. All teams begin the road to Cookeville tonight. Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium, which is located in Cookeville, is host of the TSSAA BlueCross Bowl Championship games.

DDefensive line. Oakland’s dominant defensive line, led by defensive tackle Austin Barrett, has wrecked havoc on opponents all season. Wilson Central is the next team to get a shot at getting through the Patriots’ defensive front.

EExtra points. Make every PAT. If you miss them now, it could cost you not only the game, but the season.

FFulton. The Knoxville 4A squad and defending state champion may be the best team in all divisions. Fulton has outscored its opponents 612-57 this season.

GGrace Christian. The Knoxville-based private school is one of the favorites to make the Class 2A final. Eagleville avoided Grace Christian and wouldn’t meet Grace until the state championship.

HHand warmers. It will be chilly tonight. Grab a pack of hand warmers and be ready for some hot chocolate.

IInterceptions. They can help swing a game. MTCS’ Trey Hickey leads Rutherford County with eight interceptions for the season.

JJammed pack. The Inferno at Blackman should have a capacity or near capacity crowd tonight with rival Smyrna playing the Blaze fore the second time in three weeks.

K@Kreager. Follow DNJ prep editor Tom Kreager on Twitter @Kreager for score updates for all Rutherford County prep football teams.

LLine. Blackman (-9) over Smyrna, Oakland (-25) over Wilson Central, Siegel (-21) over Antioch, Marion County (-24) over MTCS. That’s if you’re keeping track.

MMTCS. The Cougars will travel the farthest among Rutherford County teams participating in the playoffs. MTCS travels to Marion County in Jasper tonight, which is more than 80 miles away — one way.

N

No excuses. It’s a brand new season. There is no reason to make excuses if things don’t go your way.

OOakland. Oakland is the top seed in quadrant 2 in the Class 6A playoffs after going 10-0 for the first time in school history.

PPerfect. There are 10 undefeated teams entering the first week of the playoffs. None of those teams are in Class 1A.

QQuarles, George. The Maryville football coach has been to the Class 6A BlueCross game in each of the past four seasons, winning two of the three championships. He has won nine state titles and has a 203-14 record.

RRadio. Tonight’s Smyrna-Blackman game can be heard on the radio on WGNS (1450-AM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM).

SSummers, LaDarius. The Smyrna senior running back led District 7-AAA in rushing during the regular season with 1,188 rushing yards.

TTickets. If you plan to go to a playoff game tonight be ready to dig a little deeper in your wallet. Tickets cost $8. Half of that money goes to the TSSAA. The remainder is split between the two schools.

UUndefeated. There are 10 undefeated teams entering the first week of the playoffs. None of those teams are in Class 1A.

VVols. There are at least six UT football commitments participating in the TSSAA playoffs. Oakland’s Jack Jones and Independence’s Vic Wharton III and RaShaan Gaulden, Marshall County’s Aaron Medley, Brentwood Academy’s Derek Barnett and Knoxville Webb’s Todd Kelly. Running back Jalen Hurd’s Beech team made the playoffs, but Hurd is out with an injury.

WWhitehaven. The defending Class 6A state champions open at home against Cordova. The Tigers are the top seed in quadrant 4 with an 8-2 record.

XXylophone. No one will complain this week if the Blackman band plays during the entire game this week. Well, almost no one.

YYork, Connor. The Upperman quarterback led the Bees to a perfect 10-0 season and District 8-AA title.

ZZ-plan. The name for the current playoff system. It’s in place for at least one more season after this, and perhaps through the 2016 season.

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