|Gleason muddles 7-1A playoff waters |
|After Gleason stunned Bruceton 32-22 Friday night, the Region 7-1A playoff picture is as clear as ….. mud. |
The Bulldogs intercepted four Bruceton passes and cluttered the postseason pecking order with what many people are calling the biggest win in the Gleason program’s last two decades.
There is now a four-way tie for second with the Bulldogs just a game back of that bunch in the race for three playoff berths behind league-leading McKenzie.
Alex Verdell returned the last of Gleason’s four interceptions 95 yards for a touchdown with less than two minutes left to both thwart Bruceton’s possible game-winning drive and give the Bulldogs postseason hope.
Ben Sumner also had an interception return for a TD for Gleason, a 25-yarder on Bruceton’s first series.
Verdell also ended up with 96 yards rushing on 13 carries for the victors.
In other games of local interest from Week 8 Friday:
Milan 13, Trenton 6
Peabody dominated every statistical category but saw its recent frustrations continue against fifth-ranked Milan.
The Bulldogs — who beat Trenton twice last season by a combined eight points, the second time in a second-round playoff game — took advantage of four turnovers to escape this time, remain unbeaten in Region 8-2A and win for the seventh straight time.
Milan intercepted Tide standout QB Kendal Harper three times and also recovered a fumble in its own end zone to turn away the Black and Gold in the third period.
The last of the Bulldogs’ picks of Harper came with less than two minutes to play as Brian Bledsoe snagged his second interception of the contest at his team’s 30 to effectively seal the game.
Jabronski Gilbert ran for 113 yards and both Milan touchdowns.
Trenton actually doubled the Bulldogs in total yardage (354-175) as Tomias Johnson ran for 201 yards and Peabody’s only score.
Harper added 141 yards on the ground.
The win did clinch a first round homefield playoff berth for the Bulldogs, who’ll battle No. 3-ranked Westview for the region championship in Week 10.
Westview 44, Gibson Co. 0
DeMarcus Williams had TD runs of 45 and 44 yards and Harrison Moore ran for one score and threw for another to help the Chargers remain one of just two unbeaten teams left in rural West Tennessee.
Willliams finished with 115 yards rushing on just five carries, while Moore completed 7-of-9 passes for 118 yards.
Martin’s stout defense held GC standout tailback Antonne Cunningham to just 38 yards on 11 carries.
Dyersburg 21, Crockett Co. 7
The second-ranked Trojans remained undefeated and set up this week’s monumental showdown with county-rival Dyer County that will decide the Region 7-3A championship.
D’burg scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to break a 7-all tie and cool off the Cavaliers, who’d posted back-to-back impressive shutout wins over Obion Central and Ripley coming in.
Tyler Caldwell’s 55-yard dash was the ultimate game-winning score, while Bobby Ellis tacked on an eight-yard insurance tally in the final period.
Logan Parker threw a nine-yard TD pass to Victor McLin to open the scoring.
The Trojan defense limited CC to just 117 total yards.
Dyer Co. 35, Ripley 0
The ninth-ranked Choctaws did their part to ensure this week’s matchup with Dyersburg as Adam Clark threw three touchdown passes.
Clark hit on 15-of-22 passes for 187 yards and hit Erick Bernard (49 yards), Jared Hunter (46) and Gabriel Milam (29) for scores.
McKenzie 68, West Carroll 0
The fifth-ranked Rebels poured it on WC, all but securing the Region 7-1A title.
Tyler Moore ran for three TDs, Derek Carr ran for a score and threw for another, and McKenzie led 40-0 at the half before then tacking on two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarter.
TCA 34, Fayette Academy 7
Hewitt Tomlin threw three touchdown passes, and the Lion defense forced five turnovers in a victory that locked up the Region 8-1A title.
Tomlin, in just his second game after returning from an elbow injury, completed 9-of-15 aerials for 134 yards.