The first round of the playoffs were a success for Hampton and Elizabethton, but a new challenge awaits both teams on Friday night.
It’s hard to believe we are down to two teams in the playoff race. Both teams have homefield advantage, and tough foes coming to town as the Cyclones host CAK and Hampton hosts Austin-East as the journey to Cookeville continues.
CAK at Elizabethton, 7p
Austin-East at Hampton, 7p
It is going to be a cold night for football in the county. Temperatures will be in the lower 40’s at kickoff with 7-10MPH winds. The temperature will flirt with the upper 30’s by the end of the game. The good news is that it is going to be a clear night.
Class 3A Playoffs
CAK (10-1) at Elizabethton (10-1), 7p.
Citizens Bank Stadium
First Round Result: Elizabethton def. Scott 17-14, CAK def. Johnson Co. 37-14
Winner advances to play the winner of Pigeon Forge and AlcoaThe Cyclones survived and advanced in last week’s win over Scott – which is the name of the game in the playoffs. Elizabethton, who has won 10 straight games, will have to come out firing on all cylinders including getting Hunter Tyree and the passing game rolling. The rushing attack will also have to get all of the backs involved and have the offensive line set the tone.
CAK enters the game with an identical 10-1 record with the loss coming in the last regular season game against Alcoa. The Warriors are led by quarterback Cole Smith – who is a finalist for Class 3A Mr. Football back.
Offensively, the Cyclones are averaging just under 36 points per game while only allowing 12 points per game. CAK enters the game averaging 48 points per game while allowing just over 13 points per game.
Class 2A Playoffs
Austin East (9-2) at Hampton (11-0), 7p
J.C. Campbell Stadium
First Round Result: Hampton def. Sweetwater 47-8, Austin-East def. Sullivan North 46-28
Winner advances to play the winner of Grace Christian and Rockwood
The Bulldogs racked up over 600 yards of offense in the first round win over Sweetwater, and will need another outstanding performance in the second round. Hampton will need Coby Jones, Adam McClain and Jerry Lunsford to keep the ground game going, while Jones will need to get Jared Wiltshire and Nathan Norris involved in the passing game to keep the Roadrunners honest.
Austin East enters the game with a 9-2 mark – including three straight wins. The Roadrunners have losses against Class 4A powerhouse Fulton and Rockwood in region play. The AE squad is led by quarterback Darius Harper – who is a Mr. Football finalist for Class 2A backs.
Entering the game, Hampton is averaging just over 50 points per game, while allowing under 15 points per game. On the other side, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 41 points per game and given up 22 points per game.