published Friday, October 28th, 2011

Prep football district playoff scenarios

District 5-AAA

Bradley Central 5-0 — 7-2 McMinn County

McMinn County 5-0 — 7-2 at Bradley Central

Ooltewah 3-2 — 6-3 Walker Valley

Cleveland 2-3 — 4-5 at Rhea County

Bradley and McMinn are in the Class 6A playoffs but likely are playing for a first-round host's role plus the district championship. Ooltewah is likely in the Class 5A playoffs, and a host role is not out of the question. Cleveland could need a win vs. Rhea to make it.

District 7-AA

Bledsoe County 3-1 — 8-1 at Chattanooga Christian

Sequatchie County 3-1 — 7-2 Signal Mountain

Grundy County 1-3 — 5-4 Notre Dame

Notre Dame 0-4 — 5-4 Grundy County

It is possible that all four teams could get into the postseason. Bledsoe can win the district championship tonight, and Sequatchie is likely to finish second. There are numerous scenarios, but one has both Bledsoe and Sequatchie hosting first-round games. Win or lose, Grundy also should make it into the Class 3A field. Notre Dame could get in the Class 4A bracket with a 5-5 record, but 6-4 would enhance its chances.

District 6-AA

East Hamilton 5-1 — 5-4 Howard

Red Bank 5-1 — 7-2 Tyner

Tyner 4-2 — 4-5 Red Bank

East Ridge 4-2 — 5-4 Brainerd

Brainerd 3-3 — 4-5 East Ridge

East Hamilton is in great position to win the district after beating Red Bank last week. Red Bank or Tyner will finish second and the East Ridge-Brainerd winner will be third. It seems likely that the TSSAA will take four District 6-AA teams, especially if Brainerd beats East Ridge to finish 5-5 overall and third in the district. Tyner, the district's only eligible Class 3A team, is on the bubble. Barring an upset loss to Howard, East Hamilton is likely to host a first-round playoff next week, and Red Bank might with a win over Tyner. However, Tyner won the district last year and was on the road in the first round.

District 5-AA

Polk County 3-0 — 6-3 Meigs County

Sweetwater 2-1 — 5-3 Sequoyah

Meigs County 1-2 — 5-4 Polk County

Sequoyah 1-2 — 4-5 Sweetwater

Polk County is the district champion, and a win over Sequoyah would give Sweetwater the second spot regardless of Meigs' showing at Polk. Even at 5-5, Meigs is likely to get in the Class 3A postseason with Sweetwater and Polk, but a loss to Sweetwater likely will bounce Sequoyah from the Class 4A field.

District 6-A

South Pittsburg 3-0 — 8-1 at Grace Christian

Lookout Valley 2-1 — 7-3 regular season completed

South Pittsburg and Lookout Valley will finish 1-2, but South Pitt needs a win at Knoxville over Class 2A's third-ranked Grace Christian for seeding purposes in the Class 1A bracket. A loss could cost the Pirates a first-round bye and have them traveling every round after the first round, whereas a win would assure them of being at home through the semifinals.

District 5-A

Boyd-Buchanan 2-0 — 8-1 at Copper Basin

Grace Academy 1-1 — 5-4 Silverdale Baptist

Silverdale Baptist 1-1 — 4-5 Grace Academy

District winner Boyd-Buchanan might have lost home-field rights through the semifinals with its loss to South Pittsburg, but a win tonight could get the Bucs a first-round bye and a second-round home game. Grace and Silverdale are battling for a spot in the Class 1A bracket, although both might get in with 5-5 records.

Division II-AA

Baylor 4-1 — 8-1 Battle Ground Academy

McCallie 2-3 — 4-4 at Brentwood Academy

With Ensworth beating Brentwood Academy last week and Baylor having a first-round bye already secured, the Red Raiders are playing for home-field advantage through the semifinals. A win over BGA would assure that. McCallie may have lost its first-round host opportunity with a loss to MBA last week, but a win over Brentwood Academy might get it back. Otherwise, it appears the Blue Tornado may be going to BGA for its state-playoff opener.

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TDMan said...

After the TSSAA defanged the Signal Mountain Eagles the 7-AA winner will have gained a hollow victory.

October 28, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
GrouchyJohn said...

Tonight Signal Mountain sent a message to Sequatchie County: YOU BOYS DON'T BELONG IN THE PLAYOFFS. What a butt kicking.... Even with Bill Price's somewhat arrogant attitude about going for it (at least 3 times) on 4th down (one of them was 4th and about 14 on the VERY first series of downs!) the Mountain boys scored almost at will. All 3 of those 4th down attempts resulted in Indian scores.

Of course, Price may have simply been trying to make sure the score did not reflect a major runaway, which without these 3 scores it would have been. Sequatchie County only had one legit score where they managed to punch it in without SM help. Considering the cries of FOUL coming from all the boo-birds and Signal Bashers every time the score gets run up sky high he might have done a good thing.

Nah..... not really.

BTW, Kudos to the Ref crew at this game. It was a well called game, with no apparent bias towards either team. Much better calling than I came to the game expecting to see.

October 29, 2011 at 12:27 a.m.
footballmom said...

You are an idiot...and your name fits GrouchyJohn! Still a bitter taste in your mouth about not going to the playoffs? Get over it, even if Sequatchie doesn't get out of the first round.....they still made it further than the Eagles, Now didn't they? But I do agree with you the refs called a very balanced game.

October 29, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
67melissamb said...
<p>@GrouchyJohn...your post was a little harsh. I think that Price wanted to send the message that we have guts and we are not going to back down. I think Signal was confident in their abilities and knew that even if they took risks, they could most likely win the game. The refs did a great job! With so many TSSAA there, they were probably afraid NOT TO! LOL just kidding! I am glad that the teams left everything on the field. @footballmom...there is an absolute bitter taste in every Signal fan's mouth about not going to playoffs. True, Sequatchie is going to playoffs but by default. I think the "ball" was dropped by the TSSAA by not notifying the school when they first had notice of the possibility of ineligibility. I think that should be required. Surely, 5 minutes out of a day, even if they had to do it 20 times in a season, wouldn't be too much to ask. Had they took 5 minutes to contact SMMHS, we would be going to playoffs. I am still not convinced that the delay was not intentional. Even if I were not a Signal fan, I would still be suspicious about the timing! Had the TSSAA given that notification, Signal would have had enough to go playoffs even AFTER vacating many wins. Tim is a wonderful player and a great young man but with or without him, SM has a great team. Mitchell Hall (#30) was OUTSTANDING Friday night btw.

October 30, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.
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