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Local teams have playoff plans

Local teams have playoff plans

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 12:02 pm

One team is all but in the playoffs.
Another is likely out.
And, two others are on the fence.
In the odd playoff setup for Tennessee high school football, all four Weakley County teams are still playing for something, no matter what their records look like right now.
Friday night’s games see Dresden hosting Riverside, Greenfield visiting Humboldt, Westview hosting Dyer County and Gleason traveling to Fulton City. Gleason kicks off at 7 p.m. across the state line, while all others will start at 7:30.
Dresden is a virtual lock to make the Class 2A state playoff bracket but still probably needs to win out just to be sure.
The Lions have an impressive resume right now, though, with a 6-1 overall record and 2-1 mark in District 13A. Dresden is currently ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Class 2A poll.
Quarterback Gatlin Hatchel has been a consistent offensive threat all season and continued to put up big numbers in last week’s 39-7 win over West Carroll, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more.
The Lions will enhance their postseason position with a win Friday night against a Riverside team that has struggled all season.
Riverside, which picked up its first win of the season last week in a 20-13 verdict over Scotts Hill, is on the opposite end of the spectrum from Dresden, sporting a 1-5 overall mark and a 1-1 record in District 15A.
Speaking of the other end of the spectrum, Greenfield needs every break it can get just to be a part of the playoff conversation.
The Yellowjackets did not get one from the schedule maker this week, however.
Likely relegated to the role of potential spoiler the rest of the way with an 0-6 overall record and 0-3 District 14A record, Greenfield could do a little of that type of damage this week at Humboldt.
The Vikings are rolling along with a 5-1 overall record, 2-0 worksheet in 14A and a No. 5 ranking in Class 2A.
Humboldt will come into the game off an impressive 48-15 win over Halls. In that game, quarterback Jalen Montague threw for 90 yards on six completions, four going for TDs, while CC Moody rushed for 86 yards and two scores on just nine carries.
On the bubble locally are Westview and Gleason.
Westview is part of the 10-team 13AA league and will probably need wins in at least three of its four remaining games to secure a Class 3A playoff spot.
In Dyersburg, the Chargers (3-3, 1-2) will play a team that it is in their same district but not classification.
Currently, the Trojans are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in 13AA, battling for a Class 4A playoff spot and comes into the game on the heels of a 35-0 win over Crockett County last week.
The win for Dyersburg was its third straight after a 1-2 start.
To get a fourth straight win, however, Dyersburg will likely have to contend with an added page to the Westviuew playbook. Quaterback Ryne Vinson looked good on some option plays last week and could get more of those calls this week.
Gleason is also needing every win it can find in order to get back into the playoff picture following losses in three straight games that have dropped the Bulldogs to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in District 13A.
The ’Dogs will be heavily favored to do just that this week with a step across the state line to play another pack of Bulldogs.
Fulton City can count only a win over Jackson Prep on this year’s slate and brings a 1-5 record into Friday’s game. Fulton was beaten pretty handily in its last game, a 57-6 setback to defending Kentucky Class 1A state champion and current No. 1-ranked Mayfield.
Gleason, meanwhile, had a tough time of its own last week in a 42-6 loss to state-ranked Huntingdon. Published in The WCP 10.6.11

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