Victory Formation: Second Round Playoff Edition

Victory Formation: Second Round Playoff Edition

Going on the road to get a playoff win is tough, especially when the program are making their first playoff appearance.

But on Friday night, new programs Nolensville and Franklin Grace not only went on the road for their Playoff debut but will live to see the second round as both teams won as Nolensville (4-7) outlasted Livingston Academy (8-3) 20-14 and Franklin Grace behind quarterback Austin Amor blasted Wayne County 64-24.

A third team in Mt. Juliet Christian also made their first playoff appearance and defeated Jackson Christian 31-18 as Alex Pitman threw three touchdowns passes as the Saints hosted their playoff game.

●Nolensville 20, Livingston Academy 14- The Knights have improved every game this year under second year coach Will Hester as junior quarterback Brandon Wharton had 64 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground while also passing for 101 yards and another touchdown in the air.

With the win, Nolensville will travel to 4-4A region rival Maplewood (8-3) who nipped the Knights 26-20 back in week 10 in the second round of the 4A playoffs.
“We are so very proud of our young men going on the road as a four seed the region 3-4A champion and coming away with the victory. Our squad has continued to fight and improve each week, and have bought into the process. These experiences they are gaining this year will set us up well for the future,” Hester said.

●Franklin Grace 64, Wayne County 24- The Lions got the usual great performance from all everything quarterback Austin Amor in the history making road win.

Amor totaled 351 yards of total offense (167 rushing, 184 passing) and had a hand in five total touchdowns as the Lions overwhelmed the Wildcats in the win.

The Lions will now take on region 5-1A opponent Cornersville, who beat Franklin Grace 39-15 in week four.

“Our boys played extremely well Friday night, and it was an absolute team effort. Our line played extremely well which allowed secondary defenders to make plays on defense, and allowed Austin and Company to make plays on offense. It was a lot of fun to watch our team play off of each other’s energy. It was absolutely awesome to be a part of,” Franklin Grace coach Rusty Smith said.

“We were able to overcome an early turnover and capitalize on a few turnovers of our own. When you play a team as good as Wayne County, you have to play really good and clean football, and our boys did that Friday night.

They had a good week of preparation, and they trusted in the work that they had put in leading up to the game. I thought they played loose, and had fun throughout the entire game, from beginning to end.”

●Mt. Juliet Christian 31, Jackson Christian 18- In their first playoff game, the Saints held serve and beat the Eagles behind the arm of Pitman who threw for three touchdowns while also getting a big boost from junior running back Darius Hylick who scored a touchdown and rushed for 99 yards in the win.


Nolensville and Franklin Grace weren’t the only road teams to pick up wins in the first round as home teams had an 86-25 overall record (.775).

Below are the road winners in each classification
1A (14-2)
No. 3 Oliver Springs 35, No. 2 Jellico 8
No. 3 Franklin Grace 64, No. 2 Wayne County 24

2A (14-2)
No. 3 Eagleville 23, No. 2 Riverside 9
No. 4 Adamsville 13, No. 1 Fairley 6

3A (13-3)
No. 3 Kingston 49, No. 2 West Greene 7
No. 3 East Nashville 13, No. 2 Cheatham County 3
No. 3 Milan 28, No. 2 Wooddale 6

4A (12-4)
No. 4 Nolensville 20, No. 1 Livingston Academy 14
No. 3 Spring Hill 34, No. 2 Macon County 6
No. 3 Obion County 36, No. 2 Craigmont 28
No. 4 Dyersburg 57, Memphis East 37

5A (10-6)
No. 4 Knoxville Central 16, Daniel Boone 0
No. 3 South Doyle 44, Tennessee High 29
No. 3 Knoxville West 15, No. 2 Rhea County 13
No. 3 Page 27, No. 2 Gallatin 21
No. 3 Hillsboro 47, No. 2 Shelbyville 12
No. 3 Southwind 35, No. 2 Northeast 28

 

6A (11-5)
No. 3 Blackman 38, No. 2 Hendersonville 7
No. 4 Riverdale 20, No. 1 Mt. Juliet 14
No. 3 Independence 13, No. 2 Smyrna 12
No. 4 Memphis Central 41, No. 1 Cordova 40
No. 3 White Station 29, No. 2 Arlington 28

Division II-A (3-1)
No. 5 MTCS 44, No. 4 Tipton-Rosemark 21

 

Division II-AA (8-0)
All winners were home teams

Division II-AAA (1-2)
No. 7 Baylor 28, No. 4 Ensworth 20
No. 6 Father Ryan 35, No. 5 JP II 7

 

Finally A Playoff Win
For Cornersville, South Gibson, Summit and The Kings Academy winning Friday night was historic.

All four teams hosted playoff games and won their first playoff game in school history and will all head to the second round.

●Cornersville 51, Bruceton 8- The Bulldogs rolled up 392 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground as Eli Woodard (123 yards, two touchdowns), Kolbe McMahon (111 yards, touchdown) and Cameron Whitaker (92 yards, three touchdowns) as they blasted Bruceton to make their playoff record to 1-6.

●South Gibson 36, Trezevant 8- The Hornets improved their playoff record to 1-4 as running back Dre’ McAllister ran for 119 yards and scored one touchdown while the defense forced four Trezevant turnovers as they ousted the defending 2A champions.

●Summit 42, Hillwood 7 (1-1)- Summit evened their playoff record to 1-1 as running backs Payton Craig (220 yards, four touchdowns) and George Odimegwu (134 yards, one touchdown) combined for 354 yards and scored five times in the win.

●The Kings Academy 62, Clarksville Academy 14- Behind Cody Wyllins’ 359 yards and five touchdowns, TKA improved their playoff record to 1-3 and they will take on Nashville Christian in the second round.

Back in the Playoff Win Column
13 teams got their first playoff win in a while and will move on to the second round, here’s a closer look

Hillcrest (7-4)
2017 Playoffs- Best South Fulton 18-8
Last Playoff Win- 1985, went on to win Class AAA state title
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-9

Chattanooga Central (7-4)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Sullivan South 45-42
Last Playoff Win- 2003, lost in 4A second round
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-4

Jackson South side (7-4)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Greenbrier 21-7
Last Playoff Win- 2006, lost in 3A second round
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-4

York Institute (9-2)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Signal Mountain 49-21
Last Playoff Win-2009, lost in 3A Semifinals
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-3

Oliver Springs (4-7)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Jellico 35-8
Last Playoff Win-2011, lost in 2A Semifinals
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-0

Obion County (5-6)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Craigmont 36-28
Last Playoff Win-2011, lost in 4A second round
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-0

Westwood (9-2)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Greenfield 35-0
Last Playoff Win-2011, lost in 2A Quarterfinals
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-3

Kingston (8-3)
2017 Playoffs- Beat West Greene 49-7
Last Playoff Win- 2012, lost in 3A second round
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-1

Fayette Academy (7-4)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Chattanooga Grace 33-7
Last Playoff Win-2012, lost in Division II-A Quarterfinals
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-2

Germantown (11-0)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Houston 42-10
Last Playoff Win-2012, lost in 6A Quarterfinals
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-2

Sullivan North (8-3)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Cumberland Gap 22-15
Last Playoff Win-2012, lost in 3A Quarterfinals
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-3

Eagleville (9-2)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Riverside 23-9
Last Playoff Win-2013, lost in 2A Quarterfinals
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-2

Moore County (8-3)
2017 Playoffs- Beat Collinwood 34-7
Last Playoff Win-2013, lost in 1A second round
Playoff Record Since last Playoff Win- 0-1

Second round Region Rematches
41 percent of the second round matchups (25 of 60) statewide are Region rematches from the regular season, so here’s a brief look at each matchup.

1A (2)
Oliver Springs (4-7) at Greenback (9-1)
Region Represented- 2-1A
Regular Season Result- Greenback won 48-15 in week 5
Winner Gets- Cloudland-Coalfield winner

Franklin Grace (6-4) at Cornersville (10-1)
Region Represented- 5-1A
Regular Season Result- Cornersville won 39-15 in week 4
Winner Gets- Moore County-Huntingdon winner

2A (2)
Eagleville (9-2) at Columbia Academy (10-1)
Region Represented- 5-2A
Regular Season Result- Columbia Academy won 26-21 in week 9
Winner Gets- Lewis County-Waverly winner

Adamsville (7-4) at Peabody (9-2)
Region Represented- 7-2A
Regular Season Result- Peabody won 34-20 in week 11
Winner Gets- Douglass-Union City winner

3A (3)
Kingston (8-3) at Alcoa (9-2)
Region Represented- 2-3A
Regular Season Result- Alcoa won 42-14 in week 9
Winner Gets- Johnson County-Austin East winner

East Nashville (5-6) at Pearl Cohn (9-2)
Region Represented- 5-3A
Regular Season Result- Pearl Cohn won 49-8 in week 10
Winner Gets- Giles County-Fairview winner

Milan (6-5) at Covington (10-1)
Region Represented- 7-3A
Regular Season Result- Covington won 28-27 in week 5
Winner Gets- South Gibson-Raleigh Egypt winner

4A (4)
Nolensville (4-7) at Maplewood (8-3)
Region Represented- 4-4A
Regular Season Result- Maplewood won 26-20 in week 10
Winner Gets- Spring Hill-Marshall County winner

Spring Hill (6-5) at Marshall County (8-3)
Region Represented- 4-4A
Regular Season Result- Marshall County won 34-27 in week 9
Winner Gets- Nolensville-Maplewood winner

Obion County (5-6) at Haywood County (9-2)
Region Represented- 7-4A
Regular Season Result- Haywood won 34-6 in week 10
Winner Gets- Dyersburg-Crockett County winner

Dyersburg (8-3) at Crockett County (9-2)
Region Represented- 7-4A
Regular Season Result- Crockett County won 27-26 in week 11
Winner Gets- Obion County-Haywood winner

5A (6)
Knoxville Central (6-5) at Sevier County (6-5)
Region Represented- 2-5A
Regular Season Result- Sevier County won 20-7 in week 3
Winner Gets- South Doyle-Knoxville Halls winner

South Doyle (6-5) at Knoxville Halls (6-5)
Region Represented- 2-5A
Regular Season Result- South Doyle won 44-6 in week i
Winner Gets- Knoxville Central-Sevier County winner

Knoxville West (7-4) at Oak Ridge (9-2)
Region Represented- 3-5A
Regular Season Result- Oak Ridge won 23-13 in week 5
Winner Gets- Fulton-Knoxville Catholic winner

Page (8-3) at Summit (9-2)
Region Represented- 5-5A
Regular Season Result- Summit won 35-17 in week 6
Winner Gets- Hillsboro-Beech winner

Hillsboro (7-4) at Beech (11-0)
Region Represented- 6-5A
Regular Season Result- Beech won 20-14 in week 7
Winner Gets- Page-Summit winner

Southwind (8-3) at Brighton (7-4)
Region Represented- 8-5A
Regular Season Result- Brighton won 69-50 in week 10
Winner Gets- Munford-Henry County winner

6A (5)
Blackman (9-2) at Oakland (11-0)
Region Represented- 3-6A
Regular Season Result- Oakland won 42-21 in week 6
Winner Gets- Riverdale-Cookeville winner

Riverdale (9-2) at Cookeville (9-2)
Region Represented- 3-6A
Regular Season Result- Riverdale won 30-28 in week 7
Winner Gets- Blackman-Oakland winner

Independence (6-5) at Ravenwood (9-2)
Region Represented- 6-6A
Regular Season Result- Ravenwood won 22-13 in week 11
Winner Gets- Brentwood-Cane Ridge winner

Memphis Central (5-5) at Whitehaven (9-2)
Region Represented-8-6A
Regular Season Result- Whitehaven won 23-0 in week 7
Winner Gets- White Station-Germantown winner

White Station (4-7) at Germantown (11-0)
Region Represented-8-6A
Regular Season Result- Germantown won 45-35 in week 8
Winner Gets- Memphis Central-Whitehaven winner

Division II-A (1)
MTCS (7-4) at Friendship Christian (11-0)
Region Represented- East
Regular Season Result- Friendship won 36-0 in week 10
Winner Gets- The Kings Academy-Nashville Christian winner

Division II-AA (1)
Knoxville Grace (7-4) at Notre Dame (9-1)
Region Represented- East
Regular Season Result- Notre Dame won 35-27 in week 9
Winner Gets- Knoxville Webb-CPA winner

Division II-AAA (1)
Baylor (4-7) at MBA (9-2)
Region Represented- East/Middle
Regular Season Result- MBA won 24-23 in week 11
Winner Gets- Father Ryan-Christian Brothers winner

 

Cade Mays Decommits from Tennessee
Cade Mays, a Tennessee legacy and the longest tenured Class of 2018 UT commitment (committed since July 13, 2015) officially decommitted from the Volunteers after visiting Georgia this weekend.

The Knoxville Catholic product (6-6, 320), a five star Offensive tackle took to Twitter and made the official announcement.

“I wanted to take this time and release a statement and give an inside look to my thoughts about my recruitment,” Mays said.

“This decision has been one of the hardest decisions I have made in my life. I serve a loving God, and I am confident He will lead me down the right path. My family is my backbone and without them I would not be in the position I am in today.

“I would like to thank coach Jones, coach Wells and the rest of the UT staff for everything they have done for me in the past two years. Many people I have come in contact with at the University of Tennessee have had a tremendous impact on my life. After many talks with God and my family, I have decided to decommit from the University of Tennessee.

“Thank you to everyone who has been with me every step of the way through this process.”

Mays has 14 offers and will visit Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee in the coming weeks before he signs a National Letter of Intent during the early December 20-22 early signing period.

 

Kirby QB Jaden Johnson Commits to Louisville
Jaden Johnson was blown away by his unofficial visit to Louisville when the Cardinals hosted defending champion Clemson a couple of weeks ago.

Johnson was so impressed that the pro style quarterback committed to the Cardinals and becomes the third Class of 2019 commitment for Louisville and chose the Cardinals over an offer from hometown Memphis.

The Kirby junior passed for 1,991 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season as the Cougars improved from 4-7 to 6-4 this season but didn’t make the playoffs.

“He absolutely enjoyed his unofficial visit during the Clemson game weekend. Loved the atmosphere and campus life. Got a chance to develop a rapport with the coaching staff since that time. Being given the opportunity to play in that offense was too much to pass up,” Kirby Head Coach Chester Flowers said.

Johnson is the third commitment in the Cardinals Class of 2019.

 

Isaiah Cobb Commits to Chattanooga
Maryville senior running back Isaiah Cobb knows where he will play his college football as he has committed to Chattanooga.

Cobb becomes the seventh commitment in the Mocs 2018 recruiting class and will be the third in state commitment joining Boyd Buchanan linebacker Kohl Henke and Bradley Central wide receiver Lameric Tucker.

“We are thrilled for Isaiah and his family on his commitment to play football at UTC. Isaiah is a special kid. Not only is he a great football player, but he is also a very good student and extremely respectful to his teachers and coaches,” first year Rebel coach Derek Hunt said.

“What I am most proud of is not the number of touchdowns he has scored, but the leader he has become this season and the selfless attitude he has shown to make our team better.”

Cobb is the leading rusher for the 10-1 Rebels as he has 841 yards and has scored 15 touchdowns and chose Chattanooga over offers from Citadel, ETSU and Mercer.

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

 

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