Buckle up, highschool soccer followers, the ultimate three weeks are going to be a wild journey | Joyce

Buckle up, high school football fans, the final three weeks are going to be a wild ride | Joyce

Cecil Joyce
| Murfreesboro Each day Information Journal

Most would not have predicted this earlier than the 2020 highschool soccer season began.

However the schedule-making gods have arrange the ultimate three weeks of the common season to finish with a bang.

Strap in should you’re an space soccer fan, as a result of the house stretch of the season needs to be a thrill journey.

That’s, in fact, if 2020 does not rear its ugly head with any extra quarantines and schedule adjustments. 

There have been few years that the ultimate two to a few video games of the common season held a lot significance for space groups as a complete.

It is also uncommon to nonetheless have this a lot thriller as to who will come away with high 4 playoff seeds this late within the season. The aforementioned COVID-19 pandemic and quarantines have had slightly to do with that as nicely.

Let’s begin with 3-6A, the place three groups are nonetheless unbeaten in league play and are vying for the area title and 6 of the eight nonetheless have a professional shot on the playoffs.

Positive, it is simple to say it is Oakland’s area to win, prefer it has been in every of the previous six years. Good cash is all the time on the Patriots till confirmed in any other case.

However every of the three unbeaten area groups will likely be battling one another over the following three weeks. Much more stunning is that a type of groups is Warren County (7-0, 4-0 3-6A).

The most important sport of the season, at the very least for space followers, takes place this week when top-ranked Oakland (7-0, 4-0) visits fifth-ranked Riverdale (6-1, 4-0) in what most imagine would be the area title contest.

It is the largest Battle of the ‘Boro in at the very least a decade. Many pointed to this as the sport of the 12 months earlier than the season began, and the 2 groups have not disillusioned. 

The shockingly good Pioneers, led by quarterback C.J. Taylor, will then get a crack at each the Warriors (Week 10) and Patriots (Week 11) as the highest three spots within the league play out.

There will likely be one other large Week 11 sport when Blackman (1-6, 1-2) travels to Cookeville (4-3, 1-3) for a battle that needs to be for the ultimate playoff spot.

Espresso County (4-3, 2-2) is definitely forward of each within the standings coming into Week 9, however the Raiders need to battle the highest three groups within the league to finish the season.

Area 5-6A is equally as jumbled, with some large matchups to shut out the common season. The pandemic had an even bigger hand on that, with Metro Nashville groups beginning the season late.

What’s not a thriller are the 4 groups that may possible attain the playoffs (Smyrna, La Vergne, Stewarts Creek, Cane Ridge). Seedings are a unique story.

Smyrna and La Vergne are presently unbeaten within the area and can battle Week 10 at Smyrna. The Bulldogs have already gotten previous Cane Ridge, whereas the Wolverines should face the Ravens (2-1, 2-1) Week 11.

Stewarts Creek is 3-1 in league play and still have an enormous enhance in having already gotten previous Cane Ridge. The Purple Hawks, whose loss is to La Vergne, play rival Smyrna Week 11.

If the season ended in the present day, Cane Ridge could be the No. 4 seed in 5-6A and Warren County could be tied for first in 3-6A.

Welcome to the 2020 season, and it’s miles from over. Benefit from the closing acts.

Attain Cecil Joyce at cjoyce@dnj.com or 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Cecil_Joyce.

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