Playoffs Round One Recap

Find out more about some of the top games and performances from round one. Find out some of the top teams in the mid state performed including some of the top prospects.

The Burros from Nashville-Hillsboro (Tenn.) had a huge second quarter to put away Clarksville (Tenn.) 49-19. Led by Alex Crutcher, Corey Jordan and four star prospect Eric Gordon the Burros rolled on to the second round. On the ground Crutcher rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns combined with DeAndre Davis and his 63 yards on four carries. The Burros took to flight and attacked from the air to take the commanding win over the Wildcats from Clarksville (Tenn.). Leading the way for the wide receivers Eric Gordon hauled in 85 yards receiving and one touchdown. To add to the receiving total the Burros also had a big performance from wide receiver Corey Jordan and Jarrett Blihovde.

Marsalis Teague just keeps getting better and better each week. A four star defensive back, Teague currently plays quarterback for his Paris-Henry County Patriots. His athleticism, speed, and quickness make him one of the best athletes in the country. Teague and his Patriots went on last night to show once again why they are favored to get to the class 4A state championship game. Teague completed nine out of ten passes for 187 yards while adding another 98 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Three star running back Dominque Allen, who recently decommitted from Tennessee and seems to favor LSU, rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns. As if the Patriots did not have enough firepower Coach Joe Gaddis can also look to running back Lennies McFerrin, who rushed for 93 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots do not seem to show any signs of slowing down and should not be expected to face many challenges until the third round in a potential match up with Memphis-Melrose.

After a humbling loss to end the regular season the Eagles from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy got back on track in the first round. The Eagles led by a solid ground game got after Memphis-Briarcrest Christian early and often. After jumping to a 27-3 halftime lead the Eagles finished off the Eagles with a total of 374 yards rushing from their talented young backfield. Junior Joshua Tate put up 164 yards and two touchdowns in addition to the 137 yards and one touchdown put up by sophomore Victor Caro. The Eagles seem to have found their rhythm running the football behind four star offensive tackle Alex Bullard. On defense the Eagles dominated Briarcrest only surrendering 59, but showed susceptibility defending the pass as Briarcrest threw for 151 yards in the loss. The Eagles will not have to travel far in round two but will have to play the same type of run stopping defense as they take on the Tigers from Nashville-Ensworth. The Tigers may be tough to tame led by Tavarres Jefferson and Orleans Opoku-Darkwa.

The ground game for the Tigers of Nashville-Ensworth has been amazing. The combination of senior quarterback Tavarres Jefferson and junior running back Orleans Opoku-Darkwa have been piling up the yards on teams throughout the Middle Tennessee region all season. This Friday when the Blue Tornadoes from Chattanooga-McCallie came to town things would not be any different. Jefferson carried the ball 16 times for 163 yards and one touchdown in his Tiger's 34-17 victory. The performance by Jefferson was great, but only to be shown up by junior running back Darkwa, who rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns. The Tigers will match up with the Eagles from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy in one of the best games in the state in round two.

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