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Playoffs 2010
Hawks’ 1st visit to BHS, Ads at Sevier; Irish, CAK host 1st round; Webb has bye

A first-ever meeting of Westside programs, a regular season rematch and a bye highlight local angles to TSSAA football playoff brackets, announced around noon, Saturday, Oct. 30.

Hardin Valley Academy, finishing six games better this season (7-3) than its inaugural year as a TSSAA program in 2009, is No. 5 seed in Region 1-6A. HVA travels to No. 4 Bearden (7-3) in a first-ever meeting of Bulldogs versus Hawks.

“It's real exciting for our team, our program,” HVA head coach Wes Jones said. “I think we've exceeded our expectations.”

About starting a new rivalry, “I think it's going to be a great atmosphere Friday night because we're going to have so many of our kids know so many of their kids,” Jones said. “Bearden is a good football program, a good team.

“Obviously, Devrin [Young] is a fantastic player, he's definitely the best player we've seen to date,” Jones added about Bearden's All-state running back and Tennessee Vols commitment. “At cornerback, he's a lockdown guy out there. … Linebackers are probably the strength of their defense.”

“But they've got a lot of good playmakers. I think their offense kinda goes by the way their quarterback [Kyle Riemer] plays.”

Brad Taylor, BHS head coach, said the Hawks “have a good team, have a real good defense.”

Taylor labeled Hawks junior running back Dorian Eskridge “shifty, with good speed, adding HVA will “run a lot of I-[formation] concepts at you, kinda try to pound it down your throat.”

About the first-ever meeting, Taylor said, “We've played them a couple of times in freshman and [junior varsity] just because of proximity. It's definitely a new experience as far as Friday nights are concerned.”

With the return of injured linebacker Peyton Landers last week (knee), Bearden has all of its starters healthy enough to play according to Taylor.

Eskridge, missing the Karns game with a mild concussion, is expected to start versus BHS, Jones said.

The Bulldogs-HVA winner faces either No. 1 seed Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett (10-0) or No. 8 seed Jefferson County (6-4).

While finishing 6-4 overall, Farragut is No. 6 seed in Region 1-6A and will play at No. 3 Sevier County (8-2) beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5.

“They throw the ball real well,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said of Sevier’s shotgun offense. “They're going to spread the field, four wideouts, three wideouts.”

Defensively, “They're very solid in a 4-3 [formation],” Courtney said. “Linebacking corps does a good job getting to the football.”

Courtney said one vital key to success is “keep them from hitting big plays. Make them go a long way and hopefully create some turnovers.”

The FHS-Sevier County winner plays the winner of No. 2 Maryville (9-1) versus No. 7 Johnson City Science Hill (6-4). The Ads qualified automatically after capturing second in District 4-AAA (5-2).

All playoff games leading up to state championship play in Cookeville begin at 7 p.m.

In Region 2-3A, Christian Academy of Knoxville (9-1) is the No. 2 seed and will host Kingston (6-4) in a rematch of a regular season Warriors win.

Winner plays either No. 3 seed Polk County (9-1) or No. 6 Tyner (8-2).

In Region 2-5A, Knoxville Catholic, No. 4 seed (6-4) will host No. 5 seed Shelbyville (6-4). That winner faces either No. 1 seed Columbia (8-2) or No. 8 seed Lenoir City (4-6).

Webb School of Knoxville (10-0), Division II-A defending state champ, earned a bye as top seed in Division II-A East-Middle.

The Spartans will host either University School of Jackson (9-1) or Zion Christian (4-6) Nov. 12.


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