Time flies in football.
Those high hopes that sprung eternal in the spring camps are just distant memories now.
The heat index regulations introduced by the TSSAA for summer practice and Aug. game days are in the chiller.
The final week of the regular season is upon us.
The TSSAA will announce the pairings for the playoff extravaganza on Halloween morning in a live streaming event, beginning at 7AM. The bracket will be posted on the TSSAA website as it is being announced. The brackets will also be carried live on 104.5 THE ZONE.
There is still much left to do for two of the three Marshall County football squads who all play at home this week in senior night games.
The Lewisburg Tigers have suffered through one of their worst seasons in almost three decades and face a top ranked and highly touted Giles County team that has big aspirations of playing late into Nov.
Life is cyclical and so is football.
MCHS head coach Don Thomas knew early on that he had a young and inexperienced squad to mentor through the season.
There have been bumps in the road for sure for the Tigers and Thomas, but for those who stayed on board and did not jump the ship will reap the rewards in future seasons.
The Tigers will more than likely lose pretty big this week to their archrival Bobcats, but they will scratch and claw to the end, protecting Preston Hopkins Field with pride.
Cornersville also had some pretty lofty goals going into the "09" season and for several weeks the Bulldogs looked like they would finally put together their first winning season in a long time.
At 3-1, the Bulldogs took on cross county rival Forrest and ending up losing the game and some tread in their momentum.
A big win the following week at Richland was what the Bulldogs needed, but it was not enough as the injuries began to mount.
Three losses later, the Dawgs are on the bubble of the playoff hunt.
The Dawgs must win this week versus Perry County and get some help for an elusive playoff spot.
Cornersville has not finished with a winning record since 1994.
The Forrest Rockets have a lot to play for Thursday, including the possibility of a first round bye or a first round playoff game, plus 23 years of redemption versus a Moore County squad that they have not beaten since 1986.
The Rockets are a senior laden team whose nucleus has played together since shedding their training diapers.
The core group never lost a middle school game and has gone 28-12 over the past four seasons.
If there was ever a time to take it deep into the post-season, this is it.
The Rockets last trip to the playoffs was a heartbreaking loss to Mt. Pleasant in 2006.
A win versus the Lynchburg Raiders this week would give FHS head coach Kyle Stacey his best ever-regular season finish at 9-1.
One scenario has the Rockets off next week. Not probable as Cascade won the district and will more than likely garner the first round bye.
The more likely picture has the Rockets in a re-match of the 2006 game versus Mt. Pleasant, but this time the Maury County crew comes to the Chapel Hill "Rock".
Other possible first round game opponents for the Rockets could be Watertown, Friendship Christian, Houston County, Jackson County, or a re-match with White House-Heritage.
Cut-Line (Photo by Anthony S. Puca)
Senior Jacob Floyd (4) and the Rockets hope for a runaway victory Thursday night over a Moore County squad they have not beaten since 1986.
Forrest seniors Parker Holton, Eric "Rock" Warner, and Levell Quezaire want a win Thursday night to complete a 9-1 season and get ready for another home game in the TSSAA playoffs next week.