By Tim Chambers
The high school playoffs are only a month away, and teams are right now trying to establish their seed. That includes Johnson County with remaining District games against North Greene and Unicoi County.
The Longhorns are in, and that is good news. The not so good news is they’ll likely be paired up at Austin East or home against Gatlinburg unless the Longhorns can get a little help.
Chuckey-Doak is currently the top team at 3-0 in league play and 4-4 overall. The Black Knights final two games are on the road against Claiborne County and West Greene.
They would earn the top spot if they win out, but a loss in their final game could throw the playoff race into a frenzy.
Unicoi County, Johnson County, and West Greene all have District records of 2-1. The Blue Devils are 4-3 overall and will host West Greene on Friday.
They’ll play Volunteer in a non-conference game in week nine before ending the season against Johnson County inside of Paul McEwen Stadium on November 1.
They are several different scenarios that could play out, but for the three teams mentioned but for Johnson County, it’s a simple one.
You must defeat North Greene and Unicoi County if you want to host a home playoff game for the third consecutive year.
Next Friday’s game at home against Cloudland will also be huge. The Longhorns must win the remainder of their games to finish with an overall winning record at 6-4.
That could play a factor if West Greene defeats Unicoi County on Friday, and here is why.
If West Greene defeats the Blue Devils on Friday and win out, including a win over Chuckey-Doak in their season finale, they would finish with a 5-1 league record and 6-4 overall.
In that event, Chuckey-Doak would finish 5-1 in league play and 5-5 overall.
So what about Johnson County?
The Longhorns would finish 5-1 in league play and 6-4 overall if they can win their final three games. They would end no worse than second if this occurs.
If Doak losses to West Greene, the head-to-head could then play a factor, and Johnson County and West Greene would have the two best overall records.
Johnson County would get the top seed based on its 22-21 win over West Greene earlier in the year. C-D would be the three seed based on their overall record, and Unicoi County would go as the four seed.
Should the Longhorns lose to Unicoi County in the season finale, they would be playing on the road at either Alcoa or Austin East?
Here is some food to digest.
Alcoa is still Alcoa. They are the best team in the state in Class 3A.
Austin East defeated Gatlinburg-Pittman 32-17, and now comes the bad news.
G-P opened the season with a 46-6 win over Hampton, the same Bulldog team that crushed the Longhorns 44-8.
These are your top three teams in District 2 3A. Did I mention that Kingston, the fourth-place team is currently 5-2?
The playoffs are just around the corner, but there is plenty of football remaining to be played before those games begin.
The playoffs could be an early exit for
all the District 1 3A teams. Only the top
dog will likely have a remote chance to advance.