Playoffs hopes on the line

Friday, October 23, 2009
Forrest's Levell Quezaire breaks free for a big run in the third quarter versus Eagleville. Quezaire will try to go over 1,000 yards for the season Friday night at Community.

According to research done at the Marshall County Tribune, the Cornersville Bulldogs' best chance of making the playoffs would be to go to Collinwood Friday night and win and then hope that Wayne County holds true to form and defeats Perry County.

Then they have to beat Perry County at home next week and Collinwood would have to lose to Wayne County.

That would secure second place in the region standings as both Cornersville and Perry County would finish the season at (6-4, 5-2) with the Dawgs advancing on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

One win out of two may slip the Bulldogs into a wildcard spot, but that is unlikely because they are now at the number twenty-five spot in a twenty-four team field in the mock brackets.

Beating Collinwood on the road will not be an easy task for the battered Bulldogs who have not beaten the Trojans at all this decade.

The Collinwood crew will not be in a good mood this week after dropping a tough 34-19 game versus Perry County last week.

Cornersville will need to button their chin straps and get ready for a physical game.

If the Dawgs were a healthy team going to Collinwood I think they would have a great shot at winning, but suffering key injuries at some skill positions does not bode well for the Bulldogs.

The playoff road becomes even more muddled by week's end for coach Ray Stocstill's gallant bunch after a 28-7 loss.

Wayne County (2), Perry County (8), and Collinwood (9) are all in the Class 1A AP Top 10.

Marshall County gave forth one of their better all around efforts of the season last week in a 42-25 loss to a Spring Hill team lurking just outside of the AP Top 10.

On the docket this week for the Tigers is a road game at Page.

The Tigers would like nothing more than to make the playoff road for Page a tough one.

Currently the Pats are sitting pretty at (5-3, 4-1) in the District 12A standings and a win versus the Tigers would almost assure them of a berth in the 4A post season battle.

The Tiger defense will have their hands full this week with Page standout Markeise Lockridge who has already rushed for over 1,000 yards this season.

Lockridge rushed for 166 yards and scored three times last week in the Pats 28-18 win over Fairview. Lockridge's 95 yard kickoff return to open the game sparked the Pats, who never trailed in the contest.

If the Tigers can rally around the passing game, limit their turnovers, and stop Lockridge, they can pull an upset.

With powerhouse Giles County looming next week, the Tigers bite Page with a 17-14 upset win.

The Forrest Rockets (7-1, 3-1), still maintaining their no. 8 spot in the Class 2A AP Poll are on a high after manhandling Huntland 40-7 last week in Franklin County.

Forrest, winners of five in a row take on a winless Community in Unionville Friday night.

A win over the Vikings and a win in the season finale at home versus Moore County assure the Rockets of a second place finish in District 9A.

It is very possible that Forrest could still appear in the playoffs as a wildcard with two losses, but Forrest head coach Kyle Stacy wants to finish the season with both victories to get a first round bye or a playoff game in Chapel Hill on Nov. 6.

The Rocket defense is stout and Community's offense is sub-par.

Forrest's offense is hot and Viking 'D' is not.

Community has been outscored 316-34 on the year so far.

All eyes will be on senior tailback Levell Quezaire this week as he looks to break the 1,000 yard barrier on the season, needing just 94 yards against the Vikings to do it.

Quezaire will have it by the end of the first quarter as the Rockets roll on in a 44-0 shutout win.