2nd Round | TSSAA State Playoffs Preview
Varsity All Access set for Week-2 of postseason play
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - We’ve reached round two of the state high school football playoffs. Maryville will see its first bit of postseason action when it plays host to Walker Valley. Blount County neighbor and five time defending state champion Alcoa plays host to Kingston in a Class-3A showdown. Here’s a look at some of the other games we’ll focusing in on Friday night on Varsity All Access:
Greeneville (8-3) at Anderson County (9-2)
For the fourth straight year Greeneville and Anderson County will meet in the TSSAA football playoffs, and for the second straight year, the match-up comes in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. The Mavs will be out for revenge. The Greene Devils defeated AC 24-7 in the 2019 playoffs. The Mavericks come in on a roll having won seven straight games. Anderson County is on a seven-game winning streak and has scored at least 42 points in its win streak. Greeneville has won six of its last seven games.
Pigeon Forge (7-3) at Gatlinburg-Pittman 9-2)
Last week, Pigeon Forge won its first playoff game since 2015. If the Tigers defeat the Highlanders, it will mean a trip to the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history. G-P, which defeated Pigeon Forge 15-12 in Week 7 , has outscored its opponents 61-7 in the last two games. This is our Playoff Friday TV game. You’ll see the broadcast at 7 p.m. on MyVLT.
Nashville Christian (8-3) at The King’s Academy (8-2)
TKA hasn’t played since October 23rd, but the Lions have had a terrific season winning eight of their ten games. King’s Academy is led by Na’Kelin McAfee, who was named a semifinalist for Mr. Football in Division II-A. He’s rushed for 988 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Walker Valley (8-2) at West (10-1)
The West Rebels rolled to a season high 65 points in a first round victory over Lenoir City. West scored a season-high 65 points in its win over Lenoir City in the Class 5A playoffs last week. In that game, West was led by Tre’von Barfield, who rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown in the win. Walker Valley upset Powell 21-16 in the first round. The Mustangs have won six straight games, scoring at least 40 points in five of them.
South-Doyle (8-3) at David Crockett (9-2)
South-Doyle visits David Crockett in what is an intriguing match-up. The Pioneers feature Mr. Football nominee and Notre Dame commit Prince Kollie, who’s rushed for 1,461 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. He’ll face a Cherokees defense that’s played well, holding opponents to and average of 18 points this season. South-Doyle has also forced 18 turnovers on their way to eight wins under former Tennessee defensive standout and head coach Clark Duncan.
Halls (8-1) at Central (9-2)
Old rivals Halls and Central will get after it one more time this season. The Red Devils won a Week-9 match-up over the two time defending state champs, 20-16, back in Week-9. Since that loss, the Bobcats have won three straight games and are averaging more than 36 points per contest.
Oak Ridge (8-3) at Rhea County (10-1)
Since starting the season 2-3, Joe Gaddis’ Oak Ridge Wildcats have won six games, one of those a Covid-19 forfeit by Fulton. Wildcat running back Kendall Jackson is a special talent. During the teams' winning streak he’s rushed for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown in each game. Rhea County shut out the afore mentioned Fulton Falcons in a hard fought 14-0 win last week to pick up their first shutout of the season.
Goodpasture (8-2) at CAK (11-0)
In Division-II, Christian Academy is looking to reach the state semifinals for the first time since 2012. That season CAK won the Class-3A state championship. The Warriors dropped a season-high 52 points last week on Boyd Buchanan. Goodpasture; meanwhile, eliminated David Meske’s Webb School Spartans, 28-21.
Greenback (5-4) at Coalfield (10-0)
For the fourth straight year, Greenback and Coalfield are meeting in the TSSAA playoffs. Greenback has won the previous three meetings, but Coalfield is on a roll this year coming in with a 48-6 win over Hancock County and a 10-0 record. The Yellow Jackets are led by running back Seth Lowe, who’s rushed for over 600 yards yards and 13 touchdowns this season.
Be sure to join us for the Varsity All Access report Friday night at 11 p.m. on WVLT.
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