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Watertown to hold playoff game for first time since 1985
Oct 31, 2012 12:00 am
Tigers to entertain Cascade, Mt. Juliet faces Independence, Central to Brentwood
By ANDY REED
Watertown has gone to numerous TSSAA football playoffs over the years.
For the first time since 1985, the playoffs are coming to Watertown.
The Purple Tigers will play host to Cascade at 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs at Robinson Stadium. Watertown is seeded fourth in Quad 2 with a 7-3 record while the Champions are the No. 5 seed.
The winner will travel to top-seed Friendship Christian on Nov. 9. That would be the first playoff meeting between the Purple Tigers and Commanders if Watertown should win. It would also be the only postseason meeting for the foreseeable future as FCS is moving to Division II for the next four years beginning in 2013.
In Class 6A, Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet could face each other for the first time in playoff history - in the quarterfinals.
But first, Mt. Juliet [9-1] will have to take care of visiting Independence [6-4] while Wilson Central [8-2] goes to Brentwood [9-1]. The Golden Bears are seeded fourth in Quad 3 while the Wildcats are No. 7.
Both would likely have to travel in the second round - Mt. Juliet to top-seed Dickson County [9-1] and Wilson Central to No. 3 Arlington [8-2] or No. 6 Overton [6-4]. Only the Bears could remain at home next week should McGavock [5-5] upset Dickson.
Mt. Juliet would host a Central rematch. The only way the Wildcats could play at home is if No. 8 McGavock pulls off a couple of upsets.
Back in 2A, Friendship [9-1] is set up nicely as East Tennessee heavyweights Boyd Buchanan, Grace Christian, Silverdale and Oneida [each 9-1] are in Quad 1 with that survivor coming to the Quad 2 champ in the semis - meaning the defending champion Commanders won't leave Possum Town until the Dec. 1 BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville.
Sports Editor Andy Reed can be reached at 444-3952, ext. 17; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org