Playoff Week One Previews – 3A, 4A, And Division II-A
Class 3A: The winners of the two 3A games involving local teams will play each other in round two of the playoff.
CPA Lions – The Lions finished the regular season 9-1 and won Region 5-3A with a 6-0 record. The defending 3A state champs, the Lions are one of the prohibitive favorites in 3A with Alcoa. In the first round, the Lions host Cheatham County Central. The Cubs finished the season 3-7, 2-4 in Region 6-3A. Since CPA’s loss to Ensworth, the Lions have scored no less than 34 points and given up no more than 18 points during that span. Zack Weatherly and Chip Omer have led the Lion offense that has averaged at least 168 yards through the air and on the ground.
Fairview Yellow Jackets – Fairview hosts Stratford in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. The Jackets finished the season 7-3, 5-1 in Region 6-3A. The Spartans finished the season 7-3, 4-2 in Region 5-3A. Both teams look to take advantage of their run games this week. The Yellow Jackets have used their 1-2 punch at running back of Hunter Caldwell and Jake Beathard to finish the season averaging 35 points per game. Stratford has rushed for more than 210 yards per game and has averaged 28.5 points per game.
Class 4A: Page Patriots – The Patriots open the playoffs hosting the East Hamilton Hurricanes from Ooltewah. The Patriots finished 2nd in Region 4-4A. Page is led by 2,000-yard passer Michael Magochy and 1,100 all-purpose yard performer Michael Roberts in averaging 32 points per game. East Hamilton finished 3rd place in Region 3-4A. The Hurricanes offense has sputtered, putting up 14 points or fewer in 6 of 10 games and only scoring 7 points in the final two games combined. The winner will go on to face the winner of Giles County and Stone Memorial in the second round.
Division II-A: The two local Division II-A programs sit on the opposite sides of the brackets and, if they win out, are set up for a rematch in the DII-A state title game.
FRA Panthers – The run-heavy Panthers finished the season undefeated and will host King’s Academy from Seymour. King’s Academy’s finished the season with a high-powered offense, but struggled on defense. The Lions have scored just under 35 points per game and given up nearly 30 points per game. FRA, averaging over 300 yards per game on the ground, has averaged nearly 40 points per game offensively, and has allowed fewer than 17 points per game on defense. The winner of this game faces the winner of Webb School of Knoxville and University School of Jackson.
BGA Wildcats – The Wildcats wrapped up the regular season at 6-3 and travel to Harding Academy in Memphis for the first round of the playoffs. BGA has been led by Mr. Football Semi-Finalist Clay Beathard through the air, averaging nearly 28 points per game. The Wildcats struggled down the stretch, losing 3 of their final four to Davidson Academy, Webb, and FRA. Harding Academy is led by a high-powered offense, averaging 35 points and 385 yards per game. The winner will face the winner of Ezell-Harding and Friendship Christian in round two.