High school football grabs the weekend spotlight

State championship berths are on the line for four Memphis-area teams.

Terry Davis, Special to The New Tri-State Defender | 11/25/2016, 6:15 a.m.
State championship berths are on the line for four Memphis-area teams.
Quarterback Devin Coleman and the Cordova High School football team will once again be staring down the barrel of Whitehaven's championship-level defense when the teams square off in a rematch with a state title game slot on the line. (Photo: Terry Davis)

Memphis is known as Hoops City in prep sports circles, but on Friday the city’s unofficial sports moniker will be on loan to the pigskin.

Four area high school football teams are looking to continue playing in the Tennessee State playoffs. Three games will be played in Memphis, with the winner going for a State Championship next week in Cookeville.

At least one team from Memphis is guaranteed a spot in the 6A State Championship game. The Whitehaven Tigers (13-0) will continue their defense of home field when they host the division rival Cordova Timberwolves (13-1).

The Whitehaven-Cordova game will be a rematch of the season ending game at Cordova. The Tigers traveled to Cordova and came away with a 21 to 6 road win. It was a hard loss for Cordova, with Head Coach Anthony Jones telling his team not to feel sorry and to continue to compete with the idea of facing off against Whitehaven again.

However, Whitehaven is also on a mission. The Tigers are trying to earn their second state championship and continue their home dominance. The Tigers have not lost at home in over 5 years.

Whitehaven’s balanced attack is led by Kylan Watkins. Watkins has power and speed, rushing for 114 yards in the quarterfinal game against Franklin last week. Aubrey Miller, who has committed to the University of Missouri, leads a powerful Tigers defense. The game will be played at 7 p.m. at Friday November 25.

The Trezevant Bears also have a repeat in mind. The defending 2A State Champions will host the Waverly Central Tigers at Crump Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. The Bears are winners of four straight games, including three with the return of Head Coach Teli White.

White was suspended week five of the season because of an investigation into some students’ grades. After the investigation was completed, White return to the Bears’ sidelines of the Bears.

Trezevant is a run first, second and third type of type that is led by Corddarrius Richardson. Richardson could have easily rushed for over 150 yards in every game he played this year but was preserved for later in the season. In the 28-20 win over the Mitchell Tigers, Richardson rushed 17 times for 168 yards.

The East Mustangs (11-2) avenged a regular season loss to the Ridgeway Roadrunners by defeating them (20-12) in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs to advance to the semi-finals against Nashville Pearl-Cohn (12-1). The winner will play for the 4A State Championship.

The Mustangs are led by University of Memphis recruit Timothy Taylor. An electric runner, Taylor was slightly injured in the win over the Roadrunners last week. He hopes to be ready by game time. The game will be played on Friday at Melrose Stadium at 7 p.m.