One week after traveling to Signal Mountain and staving off an Eagles team in overtime, the Page Patriots once again make the trek to East Tennessee – this time to take on East Hamilton.
The Hurricanes (10-1) defeated Marshall County 38-0 in Round 1 of the Class 4A playoffs while Page (7-4) advanced with a 42-41 win at Signal Mountain.
East Hamilton proves to be a new challenge for the Patriots as coach Charles Rathbone says they are the biggest team they will play this season. With the size advantage, the coach feels the Hurricanes will be primarily a run-oriented attack on offense.
“They’re going to line up and run the ball right at us,” he said. “We’ve got to be ready for that.”
Rathbone added that his defense will most likely sell out in the box and force East Hamilton to beat them through the air.
East Hamilton has won nine-consecutive games. Their lone loss was a 31-28 decision against Ooltewah on Aug. 24. Since that game, the Hurricanes have allowed opponents an average of less than five points per game.
Protecting quarterback Zak Mizell will be key for Page’s offense. The junior was rarely hit in their Round 1 game at Signal Mountain, allowing him to throw for 352 yards and four touchdowns.
Even with Page’s success on offense last week, Rathbone wants his quarterback to be cautious this Friday.
“We’re going to have to take what they give us and be patient,” the coach said. “We don’t need to always go for the long ball unless it’s absolutely there.”
Fairview has revenge on their mind in Round 2 of the Class 3A bracket. The Yellow Jackets (8-3) travel to Cheatham County for a rematch with a Cubs team who defeated them 27-24 in Week 0.
That game would end up being the closest contest Cheatham County (11-0) would be in to this point in the year. Scoring 40 or more points in nine games, the Cubs have won by an average margin of 32 points in 2012.
Last week, the Cubs defeated Grundy County 69-30.
The Yellow Jackets have the ability to put points on the scoreboard as well – averaging 36 points per game with a solid balance of run and pass. Julian Franklin has run for 1,227 yards and 13 touchdowns this season while Deondre Moore has caught 53 passes for 870 yards and 15 scores.
The city of Brentwood hosts two playoff games in Round 2.
Brentwood High School is at home for the second week in a row, hosting Overton in Class 6A.
The Bruins (10-1) look to keep momentum from their 35-0 victory over Wilson Central – their fourth shutout of the season – in the second round against a Bobcat team who needed to win four of their final five games to reach the postseason.
Overton (7-4) upset No. 3 seed Arlington 27-13 last Friday. Expect the Bobcats to put eight players on the line of scrimmage on defense in an effort to slow down the Bruins’ persistent run game. In doing so, wide receiver Andy Schumpert becomes key for Brentwood. Schumpert has averaged 26.1 yards per catch this season and hauled in three catches for 111 yards last week when Wilson Central dared Brentwood to throw.
Brentwood Academy plays their first playoff game of the Cody White era Friday. The Eagles (8-2) earned a first-round bye with a No. 2 seed in Division II-AA.
BA will host Briarcrest (8-3), the No. 3 seed coming from the west division. The Saints defeated Pope John Paul II 21-14 last week. Briarcrest had lost three-straight to close the regular season prior to their win over the Knights.
The Eagles’ offense has remained balanced through 2012 while averaging 38 points per game. They have passed for 1,729 yards while rushing for 1,605.
Running back D’Montre Wade’s total of 681 rushing yards is down for his senior year but his 7.6 yards per carry average is still strong. His rushing total is more of a statement on the Eagles’ depth at the position with Shawn Brashers and Shon Lumpkin taking away carries.
Expect BA to cruise through this match up and set up a possible game at Memphis University School in the semifinals.
Centennial travels to Clarksville this week to face Northeast in the No. 2 vs. No. 3 game for Class 5A’s Quadrant 3.
Northeast (8-3) defeated Station Camp 34-14 in Round 1 while Centennial (7-4) handled Portland 44-10.
The Eagles possess big-play ability in the form of University of Tennessee commit Jalen Reeves-Maybin. A senior, Reeves-Maybin ran for 316 yards and five touchdowns against Station Camp – two of which came on runs of more than 50 yards.
Centennial has the ability to play a ball-control offense and keep Reeves-Maybin off the field. Quarterback J.J. Tomlin has a high completion percentage and several weapons on the perimeter in the form of Bailey Wisniowski, Emanuel Hall, and Cord Collier. That trio has combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns this season.