Even though they didn’t clinch as automatic qualifiers, teams like Christ Presbyterian Academy are feeling good as they look toward the state football playoffs.
“We’ve run through all the scenarios, and the way we see it, even if we lose Friday, the worst we can do is finish or 31st out the top 32 (in Class 3A),” coach Jay Mathews sid prior to a practice this week.
There are teams in CPA’s region (Pearl-Cohn, for example) that have qualified for the Class 3A field on the basis of wins.
Thus when CPA (5-4) hosts Pearl-Cohn (6-3) Friday, it will be a playoff tuneup for a pair of teams headed into first round action, which starts Nov. 5.
“Pearl-Cohn got the automatic qualifier since they finished first (with a win over East Lit),” Mathews said. “But we’re in as well, we’ve already told our team that.
“We’ve had a bye week to heal up and we’ve had two really good weeks of practices. Pearl-Cohn has a really outstanding team, and it’s good to have game against someone like them to get us ready for the postseason.”
Having missed out on the playoffs last season, the postseason is something CPA has really looked forward to.
“It was a huge disappointment not to make the playoffs last year,” senior wide receiver Louis Trapnell (30 catches 303 yards) said. “This year, we’ve hoping to make the most of our chances.”
The game features a duel between two of Nashville top quarterbacks, CPA’s Nolan Genovese and Pearl-Cohn’s Jawaun Wilson.
Genevese is the leading passer in Nashville, with 1,915 yards (147-of-252), and should go over the 2,000-yard mark before halftime. Assuming he does, he’ll follow graduated teammate Luck Roman, who topped 2,000 last year.
Wilson hit the 1,000 mark recently and has more than 1,200 yards for the Firebirds, who have rolled in three straight games since a loss to No. 2 Maplewood. He has directed an offense that has scored 108 points in the last three games and snapped a six-game Lipscomb winning streak with a 28-24 win last week.
AREA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Ensworth at BGA
Franklin at Brentwood
McCallie at Brentwood Academy
Glencliff at Cane Ridge
Centennial at Hillsboro
Pearl-Cohn at CPA
East Lit at David Lipscomb
Knox Webb at DCA
FRA at Ezell-Harding
Chatt. Baylor at Father Ryan
Greenbrier at Goodpasture
Overton at Hillwood
McGavock at Hunters Lane
Independence at Ravenwood
NCS at Jo Byrns
Maplewood at Whites Creek
Pope JPII at MBA
Mt. Juliet at Beech
Spring Hill at Page