Several Williamson County teams can clinch playoff berths or snap or extend important streaks in Week Eight. Here’s what you need to know this weekend.
Fairview has an opportunity to clinch its region
We’re barely in October, and yet Fairview (6-1 overall, 3-0 in its region) can wrap up at least a share of 3A Region 6, and clinch the No. 1 playoff seed (which would play the No. 4 seed in Region 5) with a defeat of Harpeth (1-6, 1-2) at home.
That’s because the Yellowjackets are the only unbeaten team in 3A Region 6, and have beaten the only one-loss teams (Camden Central and Sycamore) already. Fairview’s only remaining region game is at Cheatham County in Week 11.
Fairview has won six games in a row after a season-opening, 28-20 loss to Page. The Yellowjackets have scored 49 points four times this season.
Lots at stake in 5A Region 5
Page can help itself in a big way on Friday. The 6-1 Patriots are 3-0 in region play, with Shelbyville (5-1, 2-0) being the only other unbeaten squad in the region. Page can assure itself an opportunity to win the region on Oct. 19 (the Patriots are off next week) by handling White County (0-6, 0-3) on Friday.
That’s something that shouldn’t be a problem; White County was scored just 14 points and given up 158 in its three region games.
However, Summit (4-3, 3-1) can make things interesting. The Spartans host Shelbyville (5-1, 2-0) and should Summit win that, as well as a very winnable season finale at Lincoln County (2-4, 1-2), there would be a three-way tie at the top of the regular season standings if Shelbyville beat Page in two weeks, and Page wins at Columbia Central in Week 11.
Summit can clinch a playoff berth by beating Shelbyville.
Brentwood Academy looks to extend win streak
Powerful Brentwood Academy won its 24th-straight game within a 45-thumping of White’s Creek last Friday. The Eagles host McCallie (6-1, 2-1 in Division II-AAA East/Middle) on Friday. McCallie’s only loss came to Montgomery Bell Academy by a 34-14 score on Aug. 31.
And speaking of MBA, that’ll be BA’s next opponent after a bye week next week. The Big Red (6-1, 3-0), which lost to BA in last year’s state title game, are the last team to knock off the Eagles. Should MBA beat Ensworth on Friday, that sets up Oct. 12 as the game that’ll likely determine who wins the division.
Even 0-6 Grace Christian Academy has plenty to play for. If the improving Lions beat Huntland (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday, a win in the season finale at Fayetteville (0-7, 0-5) could make the Lions one of the four playoff teams in 1A Region 5.
At a minimum, Grace Christian would like to snap a seven-game losing streak that dates back to last year’s playoff loss to Cornersville on Nov. 10.