And then there were seven.
13 teams went into the third round of the playoffs, Quarterfinals for Division I, Semifinals for Division II with undefeated records and only seven made it through to the next round.
Cornersville 21, Huntingdon 20, 2 OTs- Two missed extra points were the difference as Cornersville (12-1) nipped the Mustangs (12-1) in an epic two overtime game.
Bulldog running back Eli Woodard rushed for 110 yards and the game winner in the second overtime as Cornersville advances to their first semifinal trip in school history, in the defeat, Kade Pearson rushed for 179 yards for Huntingdon.
Rockwood 9, Meigs County 8- Rockwood used a 16 play, 99 yard drive culminating in a Ryan McCain game winning one yard touchdown run as Rockwood won the battle of the Tigers beating top ranked Meigs County 9-8.
The win for Rockwood was revenge for a 48-27 loss to Meigs County in week five of the regular season and it’s the first semifinal round appearance since 2009.
McCain finished with 153 yards rushing while Zander Price added 88 yards for Rockwood.
Covington 35, Raleigh Egypt 16- Covington isn’t known as a passing team but behind the arm of quarterback Brock Lomax, the Chargers beat Raleigh Egypt to make the semifinals for the first time since 2012.
Lomax was a perfect 4 for 4 for 171 yards and passed for two touchdowns both to wide receiver Tyrese Winfrey as Covington got the win.
Charger running back Ke’Shun Gant rushed for 85 yards and scored twice while Raleigh Egypt running back and 4A Mr. Football finalist Kalyn Grandberry rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
Greeneville 35, Anderson County 31- It was a winning formula for Greeneville, Cade Ballard took care of the offense and Seth Crawford was the stopper on defense as the Greene Devils beat Anderson County in a battle of the top two teams in 4A.
Ballard, a 4A Mr. Football Finalist accumulated 430 total yards
(304 passing and 126 rushing) and three total touchdowns, while Crawford intercepted four Anderson County passes as the Greene Devils survived 35-31.
The Greene Devils survived an offensive onslaught from Anderson County quarterback Stanton Martin who passed for 368 yards and one touchdown despite playing on a torn ACL, an injury he sustained in the first half.
DCA 27, Davidson Academy 21- The Wildcats got 227 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Houston Troup and overcame 210 yards from Davidson junior running back De’Joun Hewitt to advance to the Division II-A title game next Saturday at Tennessee Tech.
This will be the first title game appearance for DCA since winning the 1A state title back in 2004.
MBA 14, Christian Brothers 7- In a game that features little offense but superb defense, MBA turned back previously undefeated Christiam Brothers 14-7.
Big Red linebacker Harrison Graves intercepted a pass 33 yards to the Purple Wave two yard line which set up the game winning touchdown for MBA.
So now going into the semifinals the following four teams are still undefeated: South Pittsburg (13-0), Greeneville (13-0), Beech (13-0) and Oakland (13-0) while three others in Friendship Christian (12-0), Lausanne (12-0) and Brentwood Academy (11-0) will play for state title next Saturday in Cookeville.
For Brighton, Cane Ridge and Cornersville players and coaches, practicing on Thanksgiving week, is a true blessing as all three programs are making their first ever semifinal appearance.
To say there’s an extra bounce in everyone’s step is an understatement.
*Brighton 34, Henry County 31- Brighton got a huge passing game from quarterback Malik Jackson who passed for 265 yards on 12 of 15 passing as they held on to beat Henry County 34-31 in Paris.
Running back Lance West added two short touchdown runs and wide receiver Aaron Alston had seven catches for 143 yards and one touchdown for the Cardinals who started the season at 1-3.
“We over came a lot of injuries in the half of the season and regrouped and the kids have done a great job staying focused and working hard to get our team in a position to move forward,” Brighton head coach Robin Jacobs said.
“We are glad to be here as you do not get this chance much and we want to make the best of it.”
Cane Ridge 21, Ravenwood 18- After Ravenwood kicked a field goal with only 2:15 left in regulation, Cane Ridge needed a big play and Jarad McCray was happy to oblige.
McCray returned the following kickoff 73 yards for the game winning touchdown as the Ravens held on for the win.
Raven running back Devon Starling led the offense as he rushed for 126 yards and scored twice while Jahsun Bryant (eight tackles and a sack) and Dewayne Johnson (six tackles, two sacks) led the Cane Ridge defense.
Notre Dame in finals for first time
After five unsuccessful trips to the semifinal round, the sixth time was golden for Notre Dame.
Since opening their doors in 1876, the Fighting Irish (12-1) will play for their first state title next Saturday against undefeated and defending Division II-A state champion Lausanne in the Division II-AA title game.
In the Fighting Irish’s 42-20 semifinal win over CPA, quarterback Cameron Wynn, a Division II-AA Mr. Football Finalist rushed for 238 yards and scored five touchdowns as the team rushed for 462 yards on 59 carries.
Run Versus Pass
So is your semifinal team a run team or a pass team? The Victory Formation got its hands on 23 of the 24 semifinal teams team stats (South Pittsburg didn’t return stats) and found some very interesting numbers.
2017 Offensive Stats- 366 rushes for 2,494 yards and 47 touchdowns; 94 for 154 passing for 1,724 yards and 14 TDs; 4,218 total offense and 61 total touchdowns
Run-Pass Ratio- Run- 59%, Pass- 41%
Offense- Wing T
2017 Offensive Stats- 492 rushes for 4,252 yards and 57 TDs; 27 of 47 passing for 473 yards and 2 TDs; 4,725 total yards and 59 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run- 89%, Pass- 11%
Offense- Wing T
2017 Offensive Stats- 491 rushes for 3,712 yards and 56 TDs; 80 of 156 passing for 1,201 yards and 14 TDs; 4,913 total yards and 70 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run- 75%, Pass- 25%
Offense- Wing T
2017 Offensive Stats- 564 rushes for 3,518 yards and 49 TDs; 58 of 131 passing for 1,049 yards and 12 TDs; 4,719 total yards and 61 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio-Run- 74%, Pass- 26%
Offense- Wing T
2017 Offensive Stats- 494 rushes for 2,833 yards and 38 TDs; 56 of 146 passing for 1,191 yards and 17 TDs; 4,024 total yards and 55 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run- 70%, Pass- 30%
Offense- Spread T
2017 Offensive Stats- 567 rushes for 3,612 yards and 48 TDs; 75 of 139 passing for 1,091 yards and 14 TDs; 4,703 total yards and 62 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-76%, Pass- 24%
Offense- Flex bone
2017 Offensive Stats-757 rushes for 5,543 yards and 70 TDs; 10 of 26 passing for 205 yards and 3 TDs; 5,748 total yards and 73 TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-96%, Pass- 4%
Offense- Pro I
2017 Offensive Stats- 476 rushes for 3,182 yards and 47 TDs; 109 for 178 passing for 1,708 yards and 16 TDs; 4,890 total yards and 63 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-65%, Pass-35%
2017 Offensive Stats- 447 rushes for 2,964 yards and 44 TDs; 152 for 231 passing for 2,124 yards and 18 TDs; 5,088 total yards and 62 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-58%, Pass- 42%
2017 Offensive Stats- 431 rushes for 3,635 yards and 57 TDs; 113 of 176 passing for 1,658 yards and 15 TDs; 5,293 total yards and 72 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-68%, Pass- 32%
Offense- Wing T
2017 Offensive Stats-553 rushed for 4,038 yards and 55 TDs; 40 for 79 passing for 1,110 yards and 12 TDs; 5,148 total yards and 67 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-78%, Pass- 22%
2017 Offensive Stats- 426 rushes for 2,583 yards and 48 TDs; 186 for 231 passing for 2,990 yards and 34 TDs; 5,573 total yards and 82 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run- 46%, Pass- 54%
Offense- Pro Spread
2017 Offensive Stats- 488 rushes for 2,625 yards and 45 TDs; 133 for 221 passing for 1,620 yards and 18 TDs; 4,245 total yards and 63 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-61%, Pass- 39%
2017 Offensive Stats- 376 rushes for 2,449 yards and 28 TDs; 110 for 211 passing for 1,921 yards and 18 TDs; 4,370 total yards and 46 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-56%, Pass- 44%
2017 Offensive Stats- 440 rushes for 3,852 yards and 53 total TDs; 95 of 163 passing for 1,384 yards and 14 TDs; 5,236 total yards and 67 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run- 73%, Pass- 27%
2017 Offensive Stats- 447 rushes for 2,207 yards and 16 TDs; 58 of 87 passing for 592 yards and 9 TDs; 2,799 total yards and 25 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-78%, Pass-22%
2017 Offensive Stats- 495 rushes for 2,879 yards and 41 TDs; 149 for 240 passing for 2,608 yards and 27 TDs; 5,487 total yards and 68 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run- 52%, Pass- 48%
Offense- Multiple I
2017 Offensive Stats- 533 rushes for 3,698 yards and 54 TDs; 47 of 99 passing for 842 yards and 11 TDs; 4,540 total yards and 65 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio- Run-81%, Pass-19%
2017 Offensive Stats- 447 rushes for 3,024 yards and 47 TDs; 146 for 234 passing for 2,133 yards and 23 TDs; 5,157 total yards, 70 total touchdowns
Run-Pass Ratio-Run- 58%, Pass- 42%
2017 Offensive Stats-476 rushes for 2,931 yards and 51 TDs; 162 for 230 passing for 2,589 yards and 20 TDs; 5,520 total yards and 71 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio-Run 53%, Pass- 47%
Offense- Wing T
2017 Offensive Stats- 470 rushes for 3,777 yards and 53 TDs; 74 of 120 passing for 1,465 yards and 18 TDs; 5,242 total yards and 71 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio-Run- 72%, Pass- 28%
2017 Offensive Stats- 422 rushes for 2,339 yards and 33 TDs; 160 of 285 passing for 2,343 yards and 25 TDs; 4,682 total yards and 58 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio-Run- 50%, Pass- 50%
2017 Offensive Stats- 443 rushes for 2,565 yards and 38 TDs; 59 of 124 passing for 976 yards and 10 TDs; 3,541 total yards and 48 total TDs
Run-Pass Ratio-Run- 72%, Pass-28%
First Semifinal in a while
The following six teams have made their first semifinal in a while.
Last Semifinal Appearance- 1994, finished 10-4, lost to Portland in 3A Semifinals
Last Semifinal Appearance- 1995, finished 14-1, lost to Cleveland in 4A title game
Lake County (11-2)
Last Semifinal Appearance- 1995, finished 12-2, lost to Bruceton in 1A semifinals
Red Bank (11-2)
Last Semifinal Appearance- 2000, finished 15-0, defeated Riverdale for 5A state title
Last Semifinal Appearance-2005, finished 10-4, lost to Alcoa in 2A semifinals
Last Semifinal Appearance-2009, finished 113, lost to Boyd Buchanan in 2A semifinals
John Foreback commits to Columbia
Morristown West quarterback John Foreback is heading to the Ivy League.
Foreback will continue his academic and football Career at Columbia as he took to Twitter to announce that he had committed to the Ivy League school.
“I get to accomplish my dream of getting to play college football while attending one of the top universities in the world. I’ve found my home for the next four years and I’m ready to bring Ivy League Championships back to NYC. I am committing to Columbia University,” Foreback tweeted.
He chose Columbia over offers from Austin Peay, Ball State, Chattanooga, Dartmouth, Liberty and Mercer.
Adams Commits to The Citadel
Science Hill dual threat quarterback Jaylan Adams will continue his football career at the Citadel.
“It’s an honor …can’t wait to serve for this amazing country,” Adams tweeted. “I’m proud to finally announce that I have committed to The Citadel.”
Adams accumulated 3,061 yards of total offense and 38 touchdowns for the Hilltoppers (1,630 passing, 12 touchdowns, 1,431, 22 TDs) as Science Hill went 7-4 as they lost to Bradley Central in the first round of the 6A playoffs.
Other in state commitments this offseason are: Wilson Central tight end/defensive end Dalton King (Air Force), Mt. Juliet defensive back Jeremiah Birdsong (Air Force), Maryville running back Isaiah Cobb (Chattanooga), St. Benedict athlete Cam Jones (Indiana), Bradley Central linebacker Jay Person (Appalachian State), Bradley Central offensive lineman Chris Cash (Air Force), USJ wide receiver Ryan Miller (Furman), David Crockett Defensive lineman Austin Lewis (Liberty), Riverdale Defensive lineman D’Andre Litaker (Tennessee), Brentwood Academy tight end Gavin Schoenwald (Vanderbilt), Brentwood Academy wide receiver Camron Johnson (Vanderbilt), Jackson North Side Defensive end Greg Emerson (Tennessee), Ensworth athlete Jaylon King (Georgia Tech), Ridgeway athlete Kundarrious Taylor (Oklahoma), Whitehaven defensive back Rayshad Williams (Vanderbilt), Bolivar quarterback Woodrow Lowe (West Virginia), Bolivar offensive lineman Briason Mays (West Virginia), Ensworth offensive lineman Tanner Antonutti (Tennessee), Spring Hill running back Dontae Smith (Georgia Tech), Germantown defensive back Jaylin Williams (Indiana), USJ quarterback Jacob Buie (SE Missouri State), Whitehaven defensive tackle Devon Robinson (Mississippi State), Boyd Buchanan safety Kohl Henke (Chattanooga), USJ kicker Charles Campbell (Indiana), Maryville quarterback Dylan Hopkins (UAB), Briarcrest RB Tyler Badie (Memphis), Brentwood Academy defensive back Daniel Taylor (Navy), Lebanon offensive lineman Nathan Counts (Tennessee Tech), CPA offensive lineman Joe More (Navy), Elizabethton defensive end Cameron Coleman (Furman), Oak Ridge wide receiver Caleb Martin (Eastern Kentucky), Pearl Cohn safety Jaylan Granberry (Yale), Hardin Valley running back Aaron Dykes (Furman), Giles County quarterback John Bachus (UT-Martin), Coalfield quarterback Parker McKinney (Eastern Kentucky), Independence offensive lineman Zion Katina (Kennesaw State), Munford defensive back William Hankins (Army), Austin East athlete Chris Hunter (Army), Bradley Central wide receiver Lameric Turner (Chattanooga), Blackman running back Master Teague (Ohio State), Cordova wide receiver Jacolby Hewitt (Indiana), Riverdale safety Jarek Campbell (Louisville), Lausanne linebacker Nyle Love (Memphis), Franklin offensive lineman Max Wray (Ohio St.), Nashville Christian defensive lineman Brant Lawless (Tennessee), Farragut tight end Jacob Warren (Tennessee), Gibbs offensive lineman Ollie Lane (Tennessee), Northwest athlete Shatar McClay (UMass), Harding Academy offensive lineman Will Lawrence (Virginia), Notre Dame offensive lineman Sam Stovall (Western Kentucky), Gibbs offensive lineman Dalton Widner (UNC Charlotte), Knoxville Webb linebacker Morgan Ernst (Army), Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Cam Blakely (Miami, OH), Siegel offensive lineman Maxwell Iyama (South Carolina), Brentwood offensive lineman Cole Mabry (Notre Dame), Brentwood Academy linebacker Jack Sirmon (Washington), Baylor offensive lineman Walker Culver (Colorado) and Southwind defensive end Jordan Davis (Alabama) as in state commitments for the Class of 2018.
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