Round one of the 2010 TSSAA state football playoffs is over, and with it went most every team that entered the postseason with a sub-500 record.
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In fact, only two teams with losing records are left. Huntingdon in Division I Class 1A is 5-6 after its 33-6 win over South Fulton, and McCallie is 4-6 heading into its rematch with Baylor following McCallie’s 28-21 upset win over Briarcrest.
What was the biggest upset of the first round? Three defending champions in Division I went down; White Station in 6A, Beech in 5A, and Union City in Class 1A.
Union City came into the postseason with only a 5-5 record, but drew a #4 seed and hosted Bruceton, also at 5-5. Bruceton, a formerly consistent playoff participant who is back this year after a few years away, pulled of the 28-21 win to advance.
White Station also entered the postseason at 5-5 and on the road against Whitehaven. Although the Stallions played hard, the defending Class 6A champions fell 28-14 in a result that was no surprise.
Beech, the defending Class 5A champions, came into the playoffs on a roll and with an 8-2 record and the third seed in tough quadrant 2. The Bucaneers hosted Clarksville Northeast and lost 28-14.
Northeast (7-4) will host Clarksville (6-5) following the Wildcats upset of #2 seed Springfield, perhaps the weakest second round matchup in any classification.
There were other significant upsets other than defending champions taking an early exit. Franklin’s win over Oakland comes to mind first, although many would say the Rebels should not be an underdog to anyone. However, when you go to Oakland and beat Oakland – its an upset.
For the first time in modern playoff history, no No. 1 seed lost in the opening round. No. 2 seeds however were not as fortunate, with Springfield’s loss reference above as a prime example.
Other No. 7 seeds that won include Dyer Co. 5A, knocking off Craigmont in the fourth quadrant; Austin East beating West Greene in the first quadrant in Class 3A, and Germantown edging Brighton by two points in the fourth quadrant in Class 6A.