By John Thornton:
West TN Game of the Week- Week 11- Dyersburg vs. Crockett County
The final week of the regular season in Tennessee High School Football is upon us. Despite all of the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made it to the end of the season. For some teams, Friday night is the end of the road, and Monday will begin their offseason programs. For others, this week is of great importance when it comes to playoff seeding in November.
In Region 7 of Class 4A, there is still tons to be decided and much of that hinges upon the outcome of one hotly contested rivalry game: Dyersburg at Crockett County. With Haywood locking up the Region Title 2 weeks ago, this game will determine the seeding for each of the other 3 playoff teams from Region 7-4A.
A Crockett County win would put the Cavaliers in 2nd place in the region, and allow Coach Kevin Ward’s team to host a playoff game. Ripley would hold the #3 seed and Dyersburg would fall to the 4th slot. This would be a nice achievement for a team that has had an up and down season to this point and has not seen the field since a 28-0 region win over Obion County on October 2. The Cavaliers’ 10-0 shutout of Ripley on September 4 has them right in the thick of things in the region despite a COVID forfeit to Haywood earlier this month. A win Friday evening could be the spark Crockett County needs to make a deep playoff run.
A Dyersburg win gives the Trojans the #3 seed, moves Ripley to the 2nd place spot, and Crockett would fall to the #4. Just like Crockett County, it’s been a roller-coaster season for Coach Bart Stowe and company. A COVID-19 outbreak forced the Trojans to miss 3 straight weeks of the season after a 3-1 start. A shootout loss to Ripley on October 16, dealt a devastating blow to Dyersburg’s regional title chances. A region win over Obion County in early September guarantees their playoff spot, the question now is where will that be? A win over a hated rival in the final week of the regular season could be just what the doctor ordered for a hungry Dyersburg squad.
Dyersburg leads the All-Time Series 11-7 with the first meeting taking place in 2005. On 3 different occasions, these two teams met in the postseason, with Dyersburg holding a 2-1 advantage in playoff meetings. Revenge will be fresh on Dyersburg’s mind after Crockett County dealt out a 41-0 beatdown in last year’s meeting. Expect an intense and thrilling showdown Friday evening at Cavalier Stadium.