State football playoffs will open with a bevy of rematches

Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 8:09pm
Staff reports

Riding a four-game win streak, Goodpasture gets a rematch with Christ Presbyterian Academy in the opening round of the Class 3A Blue Cross Bowl playoffs according to the state football brackets released Saturday afternoon by the TSSAA.

The Cougars (9-1), the hosts for the Class 3A playoff opener on Friday, blocked an extra point by CPA (5-5) to win their Sept. 10 game 28-27.

In other 3A games involving Nashville teams, East Literature (6-4), which barely missed the playoffs last year, got in this time. But the Eagles face a monstrous opening round game against powerhouse Smith County (9-1) in Carthage.

And Pearl-Cohn (7-3), which finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak, landed a home game with Grundy County (6-4).

Class 4A: Second-ranked Maplewood (9-1), which has lost only to MBA, landed a home game with Marshall County (4-6). The Panthers have won eight straight. Lipscomb (7-3) will host Macon County (5-5), with the winner of that game facing the Livingston-Giles County winner.

Class 6A: Overton (8-2) was forced to play on the road against a tough foe for the second straight year as the Bobcats will travel to Blackman (9-1). The winner of that game meets the winner of Franklin (8-2) at Oakland (8-2).

Brentwood High (7-3), fresh off its exciting 31-28 win over Franklin, also had to travel down I-24 where the Bruins will face Smyrna (9-1). Smyrna beat the Bruins 22-20 back on Aug. 27.

McGavock (8-2) will return to the place of its season-opening shutout loss, Mt. Juliet (8-2). McGavock’s 27-0, loss in that game was its worst of the season.

Class 1A: Nashville Christian School (8-2) will make its first playoff appearance since 2000 as the Eagles will host Columbia Academy (6-4). That winner travels to Wayne County (9-1), which got a bye.

There were no 2A or 5A Nashville teams in the playoffs this year, although one intriguing 5A clash sends Hendersonville to Gallatin in a big Sumner County rivalry rematch. Those teams met this past Friday with Gallatin winning 22-19.

DII-AA rematch: MBA (8-2) landed a home game and a rematch with rival Father Ryan (4-6) in the opening round of the DII-AA playoffs. MBA beat the Irish 27-13 on Oct. 8.

The winner of that game will travel to Ensworth (7-2), which got a bye as a result of winning of the Middle/East Region.

BGA (5-5) and its air game led by C.J. Beathard, landed a home game Friday against St. Benedict (6-4). That winner will travel to Memphis Christian Brothers. High-scoring Brentwood Academy (8-2) will host JPII (2-8).

DII-A: FRA, making its second straight playoff appearance under Coach David Pack, will host Harding Academy (6-4). Jackson Christian (5-5) will visit DCA (7-3).
Davidson Academy (7-3) got a bye and will meet the winner of Friday’s Ezell-Harding (4-6) at SBEC (5-5) game next week.

The Blue Cross Bowl finals are in Cookeville.