By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The playoff brackets have been released this morning, and The Millington Star coverage area’s teams are going to do some traveling.
The Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebels are back in the Division II-A playoffs for the second straight season and will face the Franklin Road Academy Panthers once again. Meanwhile the area’s two 5A teams Munford and Millington will head to Henry County and Lawrence County respectively.
TRA (6-4, 2-2) will try to avenge last year’s first round 34-21 defeat to FRA. The Panthers (5-5, 3,3)enter the playoffs losers of their last two games. But in FRA’s five victories this season, the Panthers have outscored opponents 188-59. The Rebels wrapped up the regular season with a 13-3 win over Rossville Christian.
The Millington Trojans finished the regular season with a win over Bolton and a second place finish in District 14-3A. Despite going 7-3 and 4-1 in league play, Millington will have to travel to play the Lawrence County Wildcats.
LCHS is located at 1800 Springer Road in Lawrenceburg, about 167 miles in Middle Tennessee. Waiting on the Trojans will be the 8-2 Wildcats. After dropping its first two games of the season to Columbia and Giles County, Lawrence County has rolled off 8 straight victories and went 5-1 in District 8-3A play.
“Offensively we have to keep trucking along,” Millington Head Coach Chris Michael said after the Bolton win. “We might be getting back a player of two, get them back into the fold. Hopefully that will help. Hopefully we can bring some of our injured offensive linemen along and get them healthy. “We know we're not going to be home,” he added. “It's highly unlikely we'll be home. So we're preparing already to be on the road. We're going to take whatever shows and get ready to go after it.”
Both teams enter the contest with quality wins throughout the regular season. The Trojans own a victory over rivals the Munford Cougars.
The Cougars (7-3, 2-1) and first-year Head Coach JR Kirby enter the Class 5A playoffs as the second place team in District 13-3A. On Friday night the Hardin County Tigers (7-3, 3-0) earned the championship with a 34-20 victory.
Now Munford will travel to Henry County to face the Patriots. Henry County’s only two defeats came courtesy of powerhouse teams Liberty and Ridgeway. The Patriots have dominated the rest of the competition winning 7 of 8 games by 10 or more points.
All playoff action kicks off this Friday night at the host team’s stadium at 7 p.m.