The Yellow Jackets from Trousdale County (Tenn.) will look to take home their eighth state title today against the Red Devils from Cedar Hill – Jo Byrn (Tenn.). The Yellow Jackets got it done last week on the ground with 41 total carries compared to one passing attempt.
For the Yellow Jackets this game will come down to the fundamentals and controlling the clock. This season running backs like senior Creigh Hall, 5-11, 180 pounds and juniors Tyler Edwards, 5-9, 165 pounds and Tacola Seay, 6-0, 190 pounds have led the way in the playoffs. Last week the Yellow Jacket backfield put up 276 yards rushing on 41 carries to help them win on the road against Oneida (Tenn.). Ground control will be vital for the Jackets title chances. On defense look for Tacola Seay and senior noseguard Josh Cunningham, 5-11, 230 pounds to step up and lock down the Red Devils.
The Red Devils will expect big things in the running game also. However, they have had a strong season on the legs of junior Kevin Ashabraner, 5-10, 160 who racked up 197 yards on an impressive 33 carries last week. Ashabraner has put up 1395 yards and 15 touchdowns this season and will have to match his performance from last week in order to give his team a chance.
PrepTennessee.com Prediction: Trousdale County 35 Jo Byrns 20
In class 2A most schools hope to measure up to the talent of the Tornadoes from Alcoa (Tenn.), but most have fallen short, at least for the last four years. The Tornadoes, who are four time defending 2A state champion, will roll into Murfreesboro with the same idea in mind. Look for the highly talented Tornado team to use senior quarterback Chase James, who finished the regular season with over 1000 yards passing and 18 touchdowns, to put together a complete game. The Tornadoes will get plenty of help from a strong backfield featuring junior Jaron Toney and sophomores Taharin Tyson and Darryl Warren. Defensively the Tornadoes will rely on one of the top class of 2010 prospects Tyler Robinson.
The Bulldogs from Milan (Tenn.) are hoping to be the first team in 2A in over five years to find the formula to beat Alcoa (Tenn.). Led by senior quarterback Justin Coleman, who has thrown for over 1600 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season, the Bulldogs hope to break the Tornado streak. It is going to take a daunting effort to score on the Tornado defense, but running back Jobronski Gilbert, who rushed for 1157 yards and 20 touchdowns this season will have to be up to the task.
PrepTennessee.com Prediction: Alcoa 42 Milan 24