Trousdale County will host the Marion County Warriors on Friday in the second round of the playoffs.
The Warriors (6-5) advanced with a 28-7 win over Westmoreland. In the regular season, they defeated Hixson (62-14), Bledsoe County (41-3), Tellico Plains (47-28), Loudon (53-38) and Polk County (47-13). Their losses came to Sequatchie County (42-41), South Pittsburg (56-18), Tyner (37-28), Coalfield (48-13) and Rhea County (34-10). Their losses came to teams with a cumulative 38-12 record.
Marion County is led by senior and Mr. Football semifinalist Jacob Saylors (5-10, 190).
“We look forward to hosting Marin County here at the Creekbank,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “They are a very good team that has been to the state championship game the last three years.
“We look forward to the challenge and we need a great week of practice and preparation and focus. We also need a big crowd to show up and make the Creekbank a tough place on the Warriors. We look forward to Friday night.”
This will be the fourth meeting between the Jackets and Warriors, all of which have come in the playoffs. Marion holds a 2-1 edge and the most recent meting was a 41-20 win for the Warriors at home in the 2014 quarterfinals. That game was also the last for former Jackets coach Kevin Creasy, who took the Oakland job a few months later.
The home team was won all three meetings, with the Jackets scoring a 41-14 win on the Creekbank in 2013.
All Trousdale County fans are encouraged to greet the players for the Jacket Walk at 5:10 p.m. on Friday. The team will be bused to the courthouse and walk across the Yellow Jackets Victory Bridge into John Kerr Field.