Alcoa, West and Oliver Springs advance to State Semifinals
Tornadoes and Rebels looking to repeat as state champions
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The list of area teams alive in the TSSAA playoffs continues to dwindle as we’ve reached the Quarterfinal round for public schools, while private schools have made it to the semi-final round. Below are the five games you need to keep an eye on this Friday night.
ALCOA 31, GATLINBURG-PITTMAN 7
No one has been able to figure out Alcoa, GP the homefield advantage did not help GP.
GP is 6-2 at home this season with the first loss coming in stunning fashion against Carter early in the season.
Alcoa has yet to allow more than 6 points through two postseason games. The Tornadoes ended GP’s season in the quarterfinals 56-21 a year ago and did so again on Friday night.
BRADLEY CENTRAL 35, BEARDEN 14
A rematch of the region title game in the regular season’s final week.
Bradley Central has played just two no-score games this season, entering the Quarterfinals 12-0.
Bearden’s state title run ended Friday night as they couldn’t catch up to Bradley Central.
OLIVER SPRINGS 20, COALFIELD 13
Another region championship rematch was set in Coalfield on Friday.
The Yellow Jackets defeated Oliver Springs 20-13 to hand the Bobcats their only loss in region play.
Before Friday night, Coalfield hadn’t lost a home game since the 2021 season.
Oliver Springs was 9-1 with their only loss against Coalfield but they struck revenge.
WEST 31, POWELL 5
If there were an upset pick to be had in this week’s Quarterfinal slate, the Powell Panthers would be a popular pick.
Powell’s only loss since August came in overtime against West, 24-23.
West is playing its best defense of the season at the right time. The Rebels haven’t allowed a single point all postseason long.
That all changed Friday night with West moving on to the next round.
WALKER VALLEY 24, CLINTON 20
Clinton’s magical run ended Friday night against Walker Valley.
The Dragons pulled off the surprise of the postseason last Friday, shocking rival Oak Ridge on the road.
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