Tennessean: Five takeaways from Round 1

By Michael Murphy for The Tennessean

the-tennesseanSecond time around: There were several rematches in the first round of the high school football playoffs, and some had a taste of revenge.

No. 8 seed Giles County’s 38-35 win over top seed Marshall County was likely the most improbable. Or was it?

Giles County was coming off a 34-17 loss to the Tigers just a week earlier and limped into the 4A playoffs with a 4-6 record. However, this was a team that had high expectations, returning several standouts from last year’s state runner-up squad.

Other teams that managaged to get revenge when it counted most include Centennial (over Franklin) and McGavock (over Overton).

Should be a good ride: There were no upsets in the first round of the DII-AA playoffs, which sets up some interesting quarterfinal matchups.

The best will be McCallie at Montgomery Bell Academy. MBA is a No. 2 seed and McCallie a No. 4, and MBA defeated McCallie by 17 points two weeks ago.

But, you can throw all of that out the window in this game. McCallie was thought to be the best team in the division just a few weeks ago, and MBA has put up almost 40 points a contest. Both teams are 8-2.

Ensworth and Brentwood Academy could be on another collision course. Ensworth takes on Briarcrest at home and Brentwood Academy will travel to Memphis University School on Friday.

Grays getting it done: LaVergne running back RoShea Grays ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win over Cookeville.

Grays also had a huge night in the Week 9 matchup with Cookeville, churning out 291 yards and three touchdowns.

He then set a school record with 332 yards and three touchdowns in La Vergne’s Week 10 win over Siegel.

Unfortunate ending: East Nashville’s season came a disappointing end Friday with one of its top players watching from the sideline.

The Eagles, who started the season 8-0, were simply unable to overcome the loss of standout quarterback Isiah Upton, who suffered a season-ending injury in a Week 9 loss to Nashville Christian.

Without Upton in the lineup, the previously prolific East Nashville offense sputtered, managing just 485 yards in its final three games.

Big plays: Ravenwood recorded five scores of 26 yards or more yards in Friday’s 66-14 win over Station Camp, including 65- and 79-yard touchdown runs from Connor Jeffries.

Seth Rowland and Chris Rowland also scored on long runs for the Raptors, while Van Jefferson hauled in a 47-yard touchdown reception.

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