Fairview took its winning ways from the regular season and applied them to the TSSAA Class 3A playoffs, as it scored 27 unanswered points and ended up routing East Nashville 48-24 Friday.
Here’s three takeaways from the game.
1. Triple options: All three running backs for the Yellow Jackets (11-0) had solid nights. Josh Ortiz led the way in the scoring category, hitting paydirt three times, while rushing for 71 yards on 13 attempts. Both Jake Beathard and Hunter Caldwell had over 100 all-purpose yards and found the endzone themselves, with Beathard reaching there twice. Yellow Jackets coach Chris Hughes gave kudos to his offensive line for helping them reach those marks on the night.
“People don’t realize how good our offensive line is, and how much we play physical,” said Hughes.
“East Nashville’s a physical team, and I feel like we matched them tonight.”
2. Boomer Sooner: A day after becoming a U.S. Army All-American and a few hours after being named a Mr. Football semifinalist, East Nashville’s Jacob Phillips showed what he was all about on the playoff stage. An Oklahoma commit, Phillips finished the game with 19 tackles and a couple of bone-crushing hits on the Yellow Jackets.
3. Too litte, Too late: The Eagles (4-7) were able to put some points on the board late, with Rondarius Gregory catching two touchdowns. By that time, however, the game was completely out of reach.
“We waited a little too long to come alive, and we did a great job as far as sticking in there and hanging in there,” said East Nashville coach Brian Waite.
“We had too many mental errors early on and it cost us.”
Fairview will host Goodpasture in the second round next Friday.
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