SATURDAY SHAKEDOWN: Valley Teams at Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

South Pittsburg Takes Down Grace, Finishes as No. 1 Seed

The Pirates took the 53-14 victory at Grace Baptist Friday night on their way to a No. 1 Region seed.  South Pittsburg ends the season 9-1 with an undefeated season record, which includes a nine game win streak after falling to Sequatchie County in week one.  The Pirates will host Cornersville at Beene Stadium as they look to make a deep playoff run this season, preferably ending in Cookeville.  Only two teams have scored more than 20 points against the Pirates as they’ve put up at least forty points in eight of the last nine games.  They’ve put up at least fifty in the last five.

Marion County Pummels Polk, Ready for Postseason

With a 42-6 victory over the Wildcats, the Warriors take first place in the region and will host at Bill Baxter next week.  Their opponent will be Westmoreland, who they demolished in the first round last season.  The Warriors are riding a six-game win streak while remaining undefeated in Region 3-2A.  The Warriors are also riding a 21-game home win streak dating back to 2013.  They’ll host through the 2nd round and potentially through the semifinals.  Only three teams have scored double digits against the Warriors this season, holding seven teams under seven points.  Their only loss comes against probably 1A title contender and bitter rival South Pittsburg.

Whitwell Downs Basin in Rout to Home Playoff Game

Tigertown held on to take the Cougars down, 21-3.  Whitwell will host back-to-back home playoff games for the first time in school history as they welcome Summertown to Vernon Holtcamp field.  The Tigers finish the regular season at .500 with only one loss–to South Pittsburg–in region play.  The Tigers have played close with 1A powerhouse Columbia Academy and Division II threat Davidson Academy wil playing two AP-ranked schools.  The win against the Cougars puts their all-time record against Copper Basin at 11-7 in their favor.  The Tigers hosted Moore County last season in the first round and pulled out the mud bath madness for their first home playoff win since 2004.

Bledsoe County Slips Late in Decatur

The Warriors fell to 3-7 on the season after a loss to the Tigers 20-12 Friday night.  All but three Tiger Points came in the fourth quarter after the Warriors lead 12-6 at the half.  Bledsoe County was left out of the playoffs after close losses to Tyner Academy and Silverdale earlier in the season, which would have put them in a battle for the No. 4 region seed.   It’s hard to see the Warriors fade away after so much promise but lasses from 2015 turned out to be too much for a team that still had the same ‘dogfight’ mentality.

Yellow Jackets End Season Better Than Last

The Yellow Jackets end the season 1-9, the same record as last season, but this is a very much improved team. If I may speak for this team just a second, they stepped up when it matter only losing to No. 2 and No. 3 seeds Upperman and Dekalb by a combined 4 points. They led both of those squads by double digits deep into the fourth quarter, a stat that still baffles many.Grundy County, you might as well call that a 5-5 season if they had any more depth at their disposal. Going toe to toe with region elite and still in contention for the playoffs in week ten is a very great accomplishment from where this team was last season. Sad to see the season end this way for Coach Casey Tate, but the seeds have been planted and they’ll be sprouting next season.

Contact Chandler Morrison at TheSpearSportsBlog@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter@RCS_Chandler!

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