With Week 8 of the regular season out of the way, the state football playoffs are coming on the horizon and it’s time to take an early peek on who may make it and who they are likely to play.
The Rebels are in command of Region 6A after beating Dresden two weeks ago. They defeated Gleason last Friday, October 7 to improve to 8-0 on the year with an open date this week. After the open date, they will host Bruceton on Friday, October 21 for Senior Night and then travel to McEwen for the last regular season game on Friday, October 28. If they finish unbeaten, they are guaranteed to host the first two rounds of the playoffs.
In Region 5A, Fayetteville is 8-0 with an open date last week and will host Red Bank this week and close out with region games against Huntland and Eagleville. Moore County, which was a playoff opponent of the Rebels last year, has three region games to close out the regular season against Collinwood, Cornersville, and Huntland.
The third and fourth teams are likely first round playoff opponents for the Rebels depending on how the rest of the regular season plays out. Eagleville is 4-3 with a week off last week and three region games against Huntland, Collinwood, and Fayetteville left on the schedule. Cornersville is sitting in fourth place with a 2-5 record and two region games to play against Wayne County and Moore County.
The likely first round opponents for McKenzie will be either Eagleville or Cornersville at home on Friday, November 4. If the Rebels win, they will host either McEwen or Moore County in round two on Friday, November 11. Round three will potentially be a rematch of last year’s round three game against Fayetteville. The semi-final game on Black Friday, November 25 could either be Lake County or a rematch against Trenton.
The Mustangs have some control of their destiny and could land either in second or third in Region 7AA. They are 6-2 and tied for second in Region 7AA thanks to Westview’s upset of Union City two weeks ago. The Mustangs hosted Westview last week losing a close one to the Chargers. They finish out the regular season with games at Trenton and at Union City.
If Huntingdon were to beat Union City, they would finish second in the region. The first round would likely be against Memphis Mitchell, KIPP Memphis, or Oakhaven at home. If they lose to Union City, the Mustangs will fall to third and hit the road to somewhere in Memphis.
The War Eagles are 4-3 and 1-2 in Region 7A after losing to Lake County two weeks ago. They won their first four games and lost three in a row. West Carroll had an open date last week and travels to Greenfield for a region contest this Friday. They have Scotts Hill and will host Trenton for Senior Night on October 28.
West Carroll’s playoff picture is pretty clear. It appears the War Eagles will finish either third or fourth in Region 7A. Either one of those places will have them traveling to Memphis for the first and second rounds. If they finish third, they will likely play Memphis Middle College. If it is fourth place, they will face Memphis Arts and Science.