Much like the Pirates of South Pittsburg (Tenn.) in class 1A the Tornadoes from Alcoa (Tenn.) are looking to repeat in 2008. For the Tornadoes it will be a drive for a fifth consecutive gold ball in class 2A. Fans will be able to see one of the best teams in the state led by a lot of young talent. The Tornadoes have been led all season by quarterback Chase James, who has thrown for 1010 yards and 18 touchdowns. Early prospects for 2010 and 2011 include players like tight end Tyler Robinson, who has 439 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. The ground game should be dominated through the first three rounds of the playoffs by players like sophomore Taharin Tyson, Darryl Warren, and Jaron Toney. As fans follow the brackets do not expect Alcoa to have much opposition until they match up in the second round.
In the same bracket with the Tornadoes is another team hoping to increase their season long improvement deep into the playoffs. The Warriors from Knoxville-Christian Academy led by senior running back Keenan Kolinsky hope to make some noise in the 2008 playoffs. The combination of Kolinsky and senior quarterback Michael Fromke, who has thrown for 2241 yards and 16 touchdowns may be able to make things interesting going into a possible second round match up with Alcoa.
The Lions from Nashville-Christian Presbyterian Academy look to hit their stride through the first round of the playoffs. The Lions will rely on the aerial attack orchestrated by quarterback Luke Roman, who has racked up 1787 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season. One of the biggest and best targets for Roman is senior Zacheeus Mason with 424 yards and 7 touchdowns. Fans could expect this team to turn things up with a difficult offense to adjust to and make a little noise early in the playoffs.
Staying in Middle Tennessee the Cougars from Nashville-Goodpasture hope to spring into action the first round this Friday night. Led by running back Benjamin Cunningham, who led his team with 999 yards and 16 touchdowns in the regular season, the Cougars hope to put up big numbers in their first round match up against Stewart County.
The first round should provide the class 2A playoffs with very little upsets and surprises. For the most part the home field advantage and higher seeded teams should move into round two before we begin seeing the cream of the crop rise to the top. For most fans the safe money would be put on Alcoa (Tenn.) to complete their drive for five and complete a fifth consecutive state championship.