With only three weeks remaining in this year’s regular season, less than two-dozen high school football teams are still chasing the dream of completing a season without a loss.
It’s a dream that all 333 high school football teams in the state begin with each and every summer.
The dream of a perfect season is obviously a false one for most teams across the Volunteer State.
Each and every year, only a select few have the opportunity to boast of a perfect regular season. For many teams that win every regular season game, however, the dream of not tasting defeat does not last long.
Many teams have been known to march through the regular season without a blemish only to taste defeat in the first round of the playoffs.
It happens virtually every season. No doubt, it will happen to one of the below mentioned teams again early next month.
But for now, the dream continues to be a possibility for a select few.
Some teams found defeat for the first time last week.
Although coaches never want to lose, coming up on the short end of a final score is often a blessing at this time of year. It forces a team to re-focus and prepares players for the post-season in a way that coaching staffs cannot.
Those who lost their first game of the 2012 season last week and those who continue to stay unbeaten include the following:
Class 6A: Wilson Central lost a heart-breaker to undefeated Beech, 17-14. That leaves Dobyns Bennett, Science Hill, Maryville, Siegel, Dickson County, Brentwood and Whitehaven still undefeated in the state’s largest classification.
Class 5A: Hardin County lost its first of the 2012 campaign, falling to 2A rival Adamsville for the second straight year, 10-9. Beech and Jackson North Side are still perfect for the year.
Class 4A: Two of the four teams in this classification that entered the weekend undefeated remained that way. Those teams include DeKalb County and Giles County. Covington was not scheduled to finish its game with Haywood until Saturday. Livingston lost to White House on a last second field goal.
Class 3A: CPA and South Gibson were the only 3A teams without a loss prior to last Friday’s games. They are both still without a loss.
Class 2A: As in 3A, two teams were perfect in this classification entering Week 7. It’s still that way. Boyd Buchanan and Dresden both captured wins this past Friday evening.
Class 1A: Coalfield, Watertown and Moore County came into Week 7 undefeated. Watertown was the only one of the three to lose. The Purple Tigers dropped a Region 4-1A game to defending 2A state champion Friendship Christian.
Division II: In the AA group, Ensworth and Briarcrest were the only two teams still without the loss.
That list has been cut in half.
Briarcrest lost its first game of the season to 6A White Station by a 20-0 margin. In Division II-A, USJ and St. George’s were alone with perfect marks. USJ beat FACS, 49-6. Defending state champion St. George’s had an open date.