TSSAA has released the first of several installments concerning the playoff standings and potential quadrants for the upcoming post season.
And although the information is extremely preliminary, it certainly gives the high school football fan in Tennessee plenty of food for thought, as we all prepare for the second season that looms on the horizon.
Fans who visit the organization’s website need to keep in mind that current playoff possibilities are based solely on weekly standings and do not include the first criteria (finishing first or second in a district or region). These possibilities will change weekly until the 10th and final week of the regular season is in the books.
But with that said, there are certainly some interesting scenarios presented. Keeping in mind the above criteria regarding a first or second place finish in the district is not factored in and assuming the regular season ended prior to last week’s games, here are some things that are being talked about across the state:
6A – All four Murfreesboro teams would advance to the playoffs and all four would compete in Quadrant Two.
Unlike last year where some teams from 7-AAA went east and some went west, the possibility of all four going east is very strong. By the way, last week’s possibilities had Maryville in Quadrant One, along with Dobyns Bennett.
5A – The biggest surprise here finds Walker Valley and Portland, teams that were both winless in 2011, gaining playoff access in 2012. Yes, with the right set of circumstances, programs can be turned around from one year to the next.
4A – The biggest surprises here are not about whom but about where. Based on last week’s possibilities, both Livingston Academy and DeKalb County, teams that currently sit atop District 8-AA here in the midstate, would be placed in Quadrant One, possibly causing these teams to travel to Knoxville or beyond in first or second round play.
3A – Smith County and Upperman, also from District 8-AA, would end up in Quadrant Three if things remain the same over the next five weeks. The longest possible trip for the Owls would be to Hickman County (Centerville), about two hours to the west.
2A – Area teams (Friendship Christian, Trousdale County, Watertown and Cascade), under current conditions, would all be in Qudrant Two, along with Boyd Buchanan, the state’s top ranked team.
1A – Unless major changes take place over the next month or so, Gordonsville’s placement into Quadrant Two bodes well for the Tigers. Their biggest challenge in that grouping would likely come from undefeated Moore County.
Fans need to keep in mind that all of the above mentioned possibilities are just that – possibilities.
But knowing such possibilities are posted each Tuesday for the next month, certainly gives prep football fans plenty to talk about as the playoffs draw closer.