Eight teams remain in play-off hunt
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Eight Williamson County teams remain in the mix for a play-off spot going into the final week of the regular season Friday night.
Division II teams are guaranteed spots the play-offs in their classification, leaving Brentwood Academy (Div. II AA) and BGA (Div. II A) fighting for seeding this week.
Division I schools, however, are fighting for both seeding and, in some cases, a chance to play for the state championship.
If the play-offs opened today, based on the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s 16-step qualification model, there would be a couple of very familiar opponents in the first round.
District 11-AAA champion Ravenwood would open at home against district runner-up Independence, a team the Raptors defeated 30-14 in September. The pair are currently in Quad 2 of the brackets, meaning the winner would then have to face Murfreesboro Oakland, the quad’s top seed, in the second round. Four of the eight teams in Quad 2 are from Murfreesboro’s District 7-AAA.
Franklin would also open at home, hosting Arlington from Shelby County. A win would have the Rebels either traveling to Rossview or hosting McGavock, a team the Rebels defeated earlier in the year.
Centennial is also clinging to a play-off spot, with a guarantee resting on a potential win at Franklin Friday night. The current standings have the Cougars traveling to Overton, team that beat Centennial in the second game of the year on Mallory Lane.
In Class 4A Page is still hanging on to a fifth seed in Quad 3. The Patriots would open on the road at Greenbrier. With a win they would probably have to travel to White House in the second round.
Fairview is the #2 seed in Class 3A’s Quad 3 and would open up with fellow District 11-AA member East Hickman. The Yellow Jackets rolled to a 34-10 win over EHHS four weeks ago. A win would have them hosting either Westmoreland or East Nashville in the second round, with an expected match-up with the state’s top ranked team, CPA, in the state semi-finals.
All the projections could change after Friday night’s contests. The final brackets for the state championship competition in all eight classifications will be announced by the TSSAA Saturday morning.
Posted on: 10/29/2013