As we approach the halfway point of the regular season in TSSAA football, here’s a quick look at each region affecting teams in the Sun’s coverage area with six Fridays of games remaining to be played.
Region 7-3A: This region has three unbeaten teams in it as Liberty, South Side and South Gibson are all tied for first. Milan and Westview are a game back at 1-1 with Milan owning the tiebreaker over Westview via the Bulldogs’ win last week. McNairy Central, Dyersburg and Jackson Central-Merry are all winless in league play.
Region 6-2A: Adamsville is 2-0 in this region, and Jackson Christian is also unbeaten at 1-0. McKenzie and Trinity Christian are tied for third with a 1-1 record apiece, and both of their losses are to Adamsville. Jackson Christian and Adamsville will meet on Oct. 2 in Adamsville, which is the same night TCA travels to McKenzie.
Region 7-4A: Hardin County and Chester County are the only two unbeatens left in this region, and they will meet Oct. 16 in Henderson. Lexington, North Side, Haywood and Crockett County are all tied with a loss apiece. Crockett and Lexington’s losses came to Hardin County. Haywood and North Side each lost to Lexington. Ripley, Dyer County and Obion County are all winless in league play.
Division II-A West: University School of Jackson, Fayette Academy and St. George’s are all unbeaten in the league with Fayette Academy having two wins while the other two have one victory apiece. Fayette Academy has probably clinched at least a third-place finish with wins over the other two teams in the league – Tipton-Rosemark and Rossville Christian. USJ and St. George’s have been the top two teams in this region since it first began in 2009. USJ plays at Fayette Academy on Oct. 16. The Bruins will finish their regular season at St. George’s on Oct. 30.
Region 7-1A: Union City and Dresden are tied for first with 3-0 records, and they will meet on Oct. 16 in Union City. Dresden will have a meeting with Peabody in Trenton on Oct. 2. Peabody is tied with South Fulton and Lake County as each have a 2-1 record. Humboldt is a game behind them at 1-2, while West Carroll, Greenfield and West Carroll are all still searching for their first region win.
Region 6-1A: Huntingdon is one of three unbeaten teams in region play along with Wayne County and Houston County. All three are ranked in the top 10 in the state. Bruceton and Clarksville Academy are a game back with a 1-1 record in league games. Bruceton has a bye this week.
Region 5-2A: Scotts Hill and Riverside are tied with Waverly at 2-0 in the region, and they’re all two games ahead of Lewis County, Hickman County and Loretto at 0-2.
Region 8-3A: Bolivar is tied with Melrose for second place in this region as each have a 2-1 league record. Covington is in first place at 3-0. Bolivar’s two wins are over the two teams tied for fourth – Fayette-Ware and Raleigh-Egypt – and its loss is to Covington. Bolivar and Melrose will meet on Oct. 16 in Bolivar.
Region 8-1A: Middleton is the only local team in this region. The Tigers are 0-1, but three of the six teams in the league haven’t won a region game yet. Carver, KIPP and Middle College are all ahead of Middleton with Memphis Northside and Booker T. Washington the other teams in the league.
Region 6-3A: Camden’s winning the right games as the Lions are tied with Sycamore for first as each team is 2-0. They will meet on Oct. 16 at Sycamore.
Smith receives another offer
University School of Jackson offensive lineman Trey Smith can add another school from one of the Power 5 conferences in the Football Bowl Subdivision of NCAA Division I football to his offer list.
Duke offered the Bruin this past weekend. Smith has about 20 offers extended to him from the likes of Ohio State, Florida State, Southern Cal, Alabama and most schools in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.
Tennessee and Ole Miss were the first two schools to offer him before he played a snap of varsity football last year.
More visits for local recruits
Huntingdon defensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson took his official visit to Tennessee this past weekend.
Haywood defensive lineman Emmit Gooden was at Mississippi State along with Milan offensive lineman Jacob Rimmer, who is a junior.
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