Although Overton is idle this week, players and coaches will take a cautious look around the state Friday night to make sure they are in the TSSAA playoffs.
The Bobcats (6-4) concluded the regular season last Friday with a 26-24 victory over East Nashville, a win which likely sealed a Class 6A playoff berth. With no game to play, Overton must hold its breath, hang around and learn its fate sometime late Friday to find out for sure if their season continues.
“I think we’re in,” coach Terry Anderson said. “But I’m trying not to think about all the possibilities and the ifs and ands.”
Overton is currently No. 26 in the TSSAA football standings and 32 teams qualify.
What the Bobcats will watch for:
• Cane Ridge beats Antioch. That would throw Antioch into a tie for second with Overton in the 12-AAA standings. Overton owns the tiebreaker by virtue of its 27-26 win over Antioch two weeks ago. The top two teams in each district get automatic berths. On Friday, Anderson and his team will become big Cane Ridge fans.
• Seven 5-4 teams win Friday and all jump ahead of Overton with tiebreakers. That might doom the Bobcats.
“Our coaches will look at everything this week and we’ll try to figure out what quad we’re in and who we might be playing,” Anderson said. “We could spread out and go to three or four games. But at this point, it’s really hard to tell.
“This week, we just worked on fundamental stuff, keep our reps going, work on things can improve on, work on things we’re not doing well.”
Overton has won four of its last five games. The only loss was a 26-20 overtime setback to McGavock in Week 7.
McGavock is on the other side of the 6A spectrum — on the outside looking in.
The Raiders (4-5) are the 34th ranked team. They need a win at Hillwood (4-5) Friday to get to 5-5 and to get some help.
“We thought we needed to beat Goodpasture [they lost 28-27 in overtime], then Hillwood to get to 6-4 to be in for sure,” coach Jay Gore said. “At 4-5, we’re going to need help from somebody else.
“We have to beat a very improved Hillwood team, and there also needs to be 3-4 teams ahead of us to lose. Honestly, our chances don’t look good.”
In the “Battle of Exit 62 (off I-24), neighborhood rivals Antioch and Cane Ridge clash for the District 12-AAA crown. Both have clinched playoff berths, Cane Ridge in 6-A, Antioch in 5A.
Other Nashville playoff scenarios:
• In District 10-AA, Christ Presbyterian Academy has clinched first, and Maplewood will be second, unless Stratford and CPA both win Friday. In that case, Stratford would finish second on the basis of it upset win over Maplewood. Lipscomb Academy (4-5) needs a win over Stratford and some help. They are the 33rd and first team out in 3A.
• In Class 1A, Nashville Christian School (7-2) already has clinched a berth. The Eagles can finish as high as first in District 10-A with a win over Jo Byrns.
• In Class 5A, Antioch (6-3) has clinched a playoff berth, and Hillsboro (5-4) can clinch with a win over Centennial, but the Burros are almost certainly in anyway. Hillwood needs a win over McGavock and a lot of help.
• In DII-AA, Ensworth, Brentwood Academy and Montgomery Bell Academy are assured of finishing 1-2-3, respectively, in the Middle/East Region.
BRACKET RELEASE: The TSSAA will release the brackets for the playoffs, which open Nov. 2 on its website, tssaanetwork.com. Radio station 104.5 The Zone will carry the program and information, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday from the TSSAA office.
STATE VOLLEYBALL: St. Cecilia fought back from two games down to beat Davidson Academy in five and advance into the Division II-A state championship game (10 a.m., Friday).
Harpeth Hall thumped Baylor and will go for the Division II-AA state title (noon, Friday).
Goodpasture rallied from a game down to get past East Hamilton and reach the finals (4 p.m., Friday), where the Cougars will go for their first championship.
All finals are at Middle Tennessee State University.
Antioch at Cane Ridge
Brentwood Academy at McCallie
Centennial at Hillsboro
Chattanooga. Baylor at Battle Ground Academy
Christ Presbyterian Academy at Pearl-Cohn
Greenbrier at Goodpasture
Father Ryan at Ensworth
Franklin at Brentwood High
Hunters Lane at Glencliff
Independence at Ravenwood
Jo Byrns at Nashville Christian School
Knox Webb at Davidson Academy
McGavock at Hillwood
Mt. Juliet Christian at Franklin Road Academy
Pope John Paul II at Montgomery Bell Academy
Stratford at Lipscomb Academy
Whites Creek at East Nashville
Zion Christian at Donelson Christian Academy