INSIDE SPORTS: Battle for the postseason continues

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The sound you hear from the other room is the mythical “Fat Lady” clearing her throat so she can hum and eventually sing an ending to Blackman’s football postseason playoff hopes after a damaging 23-17 loss to an Oakland team that truly meant business on Thursday. The Fat Lady is likely premature.

Make no mistake though, Blackman probably needs to win at least three and probably four of their remaining five games to have a reasonable shot at the playoffs, while Oakland has, at least temporarily, saved their season with their excellent defense and three touchdown, one field goal performance.

Oakland is now 3-2 overall and 1-1 in district play while Blackman is also 3-2 but 0-2 in district play.

It’s always best to remember that the season is 10 games, not five. Oakland must still play both Riverdale and Siegel, while Blackman has yet to play Riverdale. More to come.

In Smyrna (1-4), La Vergne (1-4) managed to lose again to the Bulldogs despite being heavily favored.

Your final score of 7-6 Smyrna sent the home fans home happy and the La Vergne community goes home again wondering why this happens year after year.

That’s 25 losses in 26 attempts.

Over the years, La Vergne has lost in every way possible and this year was no different.

This time they scored late to draw within a point but the Wolverines were called for unsportsmanlike conduct and ending up going for a 2-point conversion to win from 18 yards away rather than from the 3.

They failed.

Neither Smyrna or La Vergne are going anywhere this year but at least everyone has a district win and Smyrna is clearly getting better as the season progresses.

Over at Siegel in front of a sellout crowd, the Stars made yet another loud statement with a 49-28 win. Both teams were impressive, especially on offense as they combined for seven touchdowns in the first half.

Perhaps the key to the game was the excellent protection the Siegel line gave quarterback Brent Stockstill, who when given time, can carve you up.

Brent had four TD passes and also a rushing TD. The TD passes went to Tyler Walton, Domnique Gooch and Tae Martin, who had two TD catches.

Riverdale (4-1) was No. 2 in the state going in and Siegel (5-0) was No. 4. That will change.

Riverdale never led in this game, but many players played well including QB Dillon Woodruff with 250 passing yards. He also ran for another 101.

Probably a word should be said for the Star defense that held the potent Warriors to one second half TD.

Eagleville (2-3) got a win, 49 -34, over an improved Community squad.

They were tied at the half. If Eagleville can get healthy and stay that way, they will continue to improve. I still think they are a playoff team.

MTCS (0-5) took it on the chin, 53-7, on the road at Moore County.

This has got to be painful for the Orange and White and their many fans.

It’s so depressing to work and prepare and be outmanned every time out.

The Cougars are off next week and the second half of the season is not as tough as the first.

We shall see.

Jennings & Ayers HIGH SCHOOL Scoreboard

Oakland (3-2) 23, Blackman (3-2) 17
Siegel (5-0) 49, Riverdale (4-1) 28
Smyrna (1-4) 7, La Vergne (1-4) 6
Eagleville (2-3) 49, Community 34
Moore County 53, MTCS (0-5) 7

Summit 3, Eagleville 0
MTCS 3, Tullahoma 0
Riverdale 3, Blackman 0
Blackman 3, Oakland 1
Community 3, MTCS 1
MTCS 3, Fayetteville City 0
Oakland 3, Franklin 0
MTCS 3 - Cannon Co. 1
Oakland 3, Smyrna 1
Blackman 3, La Vergne 0
Summit 3, MTCS 3
Blackman 3, Smyrna 3

Siegel 7, Riverdale 0
Smyrna 5, Columbia 1
Central 4, Dekalb Co 0
Blackman 2, Franklin Co 0
Oakland 8, La Vergne 0
Blackman 3, Columbia 1
Smyrna 4, Wilson Central 0
Smith Co. 5, Central 4
Beech 3, Smyrna 2
La Vergne 2, Wilson Cent. 2
Central 6, Cascade 2
Smyrna 3, Riverdale 0
Siegel 2, Blackman 0
MTCS 4, Marshall Co. 1
Franklin 3, Oakland 1
St. Ceclia 5, La Vergne 1
Columbia 2, Riverdale 0

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