Class 1A Playoff Preview

Check in this week to find out more about some of the top teams in the state as we move into the first round of TSSAA playoffs. Find out which teams have the best chance of rolling through the playoffs and which teams are on upset alert.

1A Preview

Fans of the Pirates in South Pittsburg have had the type of season they are used to having. The Pirates finished undefeated with ten wins and are looking to keep things rolling throughout the playoffs. Led by running back David Jones, 6-0, 205 pounds who combine with quarterback Terrell Robinson have been putting up big numbers for the Pirates. Their first round match up against Clay Co. should not prove to be a tough test for Jones and company, but many eyes will be on November 21. Look for the Pirates to take on Trousdale County in tough ball game in the quarterfinals.

The Cherokees from Greenback (Tenn.) will be another top team competing for the state championship. Led by a balanced attack from running back Daniel Willis and quarterback Bunkie Vanskiver the Cherokees have had an impressive nine win season. Vanskiver has thrown for 1564 yards and 25 touchdowns while gaining 593 yards on the ground with seven touchdowns. The road to Murfreesboro will begin this week as the Cherokees take on a struggling Coalfield (Tenn.) team in their first round match up.

Staying in the Eastern part of the state fans have enjoyed an undefeated season from the Indians of Oneida (Tenn.). Led by a stable of athletes including Braxton Hutson, Jonathan Lewallen, and Torrey Slaven the Indians clinched the region title in week ten and will have home field advantage in the playoffs. A solid trio of backs has lifted the Indians to one of their best seasons on record and hopes to help them through their playoff bracket.

The 2008 season could not be much better for the Tigers of Memphis-Manassas. They led the Memphis area in total offense through the regular season racking up 3561 yards for an average of almost 400 yards per game. On the defensive side of the football the Tigers surrendered an average of 163 yards per game. The Tigers, led by running back James King who rushed for 1589 yards and 12 touchdowns in the regular season, look to be one of the strongest teams in the Western bracket.

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