There’s one week left in the high school football regular season, so the playoff picture is clear, right?
Well, not exactly.
In Region 4-6A, Rossview is in the mix, either as the three or four seed, to be determined on Friday night when they play Lebanon, who they are currently tied with for third. The top two seeds in the region, Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville, will also be fighting it out to see who is number one and number two.
This region plays the teams from Region 3-6A in the first round, and Rossview is going to Murfreesboro regardless of the outcome from their game with Lebanon. They will play Oakland if they lose, and either Blackman or Riverdale if they win.
In Region 7-5A, Henry County has locked up the one seed, and Clarksville High (7-2 overall, 3-2 in region) has to beat West Creek (1-8, 0-5) to officially be the two seed. Current three and four seeds Dyer County (5-4, 3-2) and Kenwood (4-5,3-2) will finalized those seeds with the result of their game. Should Clarksville lose to West Creek, the Dyer County/Kenwood winner moves up to two.
This region plays the teams from Region 8-5A in the first round, who has (in order) Kirby, Ridgeway, and Southwind as their top three seeds. Most likely home game will be Clarksville High versus Southwind.
In Region 5-4A, Montgomery Central has the two seed locked up, and could slip into the top seed if Creek Wood upsets Springfield on Friday. The Indians play 1-8 White House Heritage, but an upset by the Patriots (though unlikely) could mess up the seeding order as well.
This region plays the teams from Region 6-4A in the first round, and Montgomery Central’s most likely opponent is Hardin County, which despite being the three-seed will likely end up with an 8-2 overall record. The four-seed would be a much more desirable first round opponent: Lexington, who is 2-7 overall.
In Region 6-3A, all three Cheatham County teams are in the mix for the three- and four-seeds going into Friday night. Two of those teams play each other. Sycamore (3-6, 2-2) is currently in third and will play Harpeth (2-7, 1-3) currently in fifth place. Cheatham County Central (4-5, 2-2), currently the fourth seed because of losing to Sycamore head-to-head, plays Fairview. A Cheatham loss coupled with a Harpeth win really upsets the fruit basket, and tie-breakers are instituted.
This region plays the teams from Region 5-3A, and that isn’t a pleasant scenario for the survivors from this Friday. They would meet the top two seeds, which appears to be set with Pearl-Cohn (7-2) and East Nashville (8-1).
In Division II, Class A, East Region, Clarksville Christian will host its first round playoff game, with the opponent most likely to be a rematch with Jackson Christian. The Cougars handled the Eagles pretty easily in week 6, winning 35-6.
Clarksville Academy has one game remaining in the regular season, against undefeated and number one ranked Davidson Academy, this Friday.
PHOTO: Harpeth junior running back Luke Gossett scored five touchdowns on Friday. A win by his Indians over cross-county rival Sycamore would give them a playoff berth. BILL CLARK PHOTO