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soccer out three games that were decided
by six points or fewer. (9-3) AT ALCOA (12-0) AT GREENBACK (11-0)
The TSSAA football playoffs are Region 1 champion When the playoff draw was It would take a monumental
really getting serious now. Farragut,which is two seasons finalized, this was the game that reversal of fortune for Greenback

of NCAA With two rounds down to elimi-

nate the pretenders, the contend-
ers are rising to the forefront of
removed from winning a Class
5A state title, defeated Cleveland,
49-24, and Ooltewah, 49-14, in the
seemed most likely to occur before
the semifinals. It is a rematch of
the de facto Region 2 title game
to be eliminated in the next round.
The Cherokees play host to Coal-
field, a region opponent they beat,

the conversation. first two rounds of this year’s that Alcoa won, 31-8, in the last 49-0, on Oct. 5.
Three local teams — Maryville, playoffs. week of the regular season. Coalfield showed some moxie
Alcoa and Greenback — remain Comparing those scores to the Except for their thriller against in its second-round victory over
alive in their quests to repeat as games Maryville played against Maryville, that game was the closest Cloudland. The Yellowjackets
state champions. those teams in the regular sea- the Tornadoes played this season. scored two touchdowns in the All three will host quarterfinal son possibly provides a glimpse Alcoa never trailed, but the fact it final five minutes, including one
games on Friday night at 7 p.m. of what could be the difference didn’t score a touchdown until the with 23.2 seconds remaining for
Maryville College’s stay Here is a quick look at the match- on Friday — defense. midway point of the second quar- a 29-24 victory.
in the NCAA Division III ups. Maryville scored 42 points in ter was enough to make a headline. This is the third consecutive
men’s soccer tournament both games against Cleveland and Alcoa has returned to its usual season Greenback and Coalfield
was short. CLASS 6A: FARRAGUT (11-1) Ooltewah and allowed seven. The dominant performances with a will meet in the quarterfinals.
The Scots conceded an AT MARYVILLE (11-1) Rebels’ defense has been strong pair of 56-0 victories in the first Greenback won last year’s play-
early own goal and never This has the makings of the best in the playoffs, too. They have two rounds of the playoffs. off game, 56-34, after also win-
recovered en route to a 3-0 game in the state. allowed seven points apiece to Austin-East has steamrolled both ning the regular season match-
loss to host Kenyon (Ohio) Like Maryville, Farragut has Bearden and Science Hill. of its playoff opponents, too. The up, 34-33. In 2016, Greenback beat
College (17-1-2) on Saturday been mostly dominant all season. This is a rematch of last Roadrunners have won seven of Coalfield, 42-27, in the regular
afternoon. The Admirals have been tested year’s second-round game that eight games since a loss to Class season and again, 28-21, in the
Maryville (14-4-1) regis- a few times, too, and won two of Maryville won, 38-6. 5A Fulton in early September. quarterfinals.
tered four shots and did not
put any of them on target.

Prepared to play
The Scots did not win any
corner kicks either.
Kenyon (17-1-2) outshot
Maryville, 17-4. Twelve of
Harvick on mission to
its shots came in the sec-
ond half.
Kenyon didn’t need a shot
silence his critics after
to take the lead in the fifth
minute. A cross from the
left side got hit into the net
penalty for alleged cheat
by a Maryville player.
Though Maryville’s attack BY JENNA FRYER came to Arizona with
did not generate many AP Auto Racing Writer every intention of rolling
chances, it stayed within over the competition on
striking distance until the AVONDALE, Ariz. — his way to Homestead. The
53rd minute when Ken- The mood in the desert penalty is old news to him
yon’s Max Taylor scored is tense headed into the and he’s not looking back.
on a deflected shot to make final elimination race “I show up and do the
it, 2-0. before NASCAR’s cham- best that I can,” Harvick
Kenyon scored again in pionship, a title Kevin Har- said. “The best thing that
the 80th minute on a header vick is determined to win. shows up are results on
from the center of the box. The 2014 champion is the race track. I drive and
Maryville goalkeeper on a mission to lead his try to do the best that I
Ryan Jorgensen made five Stewart-Haas Racing team can and we go from there.”
saves in the second half and into the title race, prove He’s one of seven drivers
six overall. they honestly are the best racing Sunday for three
Maryville’s Chris Fernan- group in the garage and remaining spots in the
dez, Austin Vinyard, Ran- that a wave of adversity finale. Only Joey Logano
dy Reichenberger and Kai cannot unravel their suc- is locked in — and it is no
Miettinen were credited cess. NASCAR said the coincidence he’s the most
with one shot apiece. No. 4 team cheated in relaxed playoff driver
last weekend’s victory at right now — and all three
Texas by building their of Harvick’s teammates
TENNESSEE LADY VOLUNTEERS GUARD/FORWARD Rennia Davis (0) and Carson-Newman University’s
own spoiler and passing
it off as one supplied by
the required vendor. The
are vying for slots. The
penalty issued Wednes-
day against Harvick not
Jimmy Butler Kayla Marosities go after the ball during the second quarter of an exhibition game on Nov. 5. punishment was severe
and put Harvick in dan-
only cost him his auto-
matic berth to Homestead

going to 76ers Young Lady Vols to debut against Presbyterian

ger of not qualifying for but the points deduction
the championship. left him only three points
But the road to the final above the cutline.
BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS Warlick said. “They’re what makes it fun.” four goes through ISM Lurking right behind him
BY DAN GELSTON coming along. They’re As for Presbyterian, Raceway outside of Phoe- is teammate Kurt Busch,
AP Sports Writer going to make mistakes, Warlick said she expects nix. It’s a track where Har- who recognized the oppor-
KNOXVILLE — Four yes, but the only way they the guards to shoot threes vick has won nine times tunity Harvick’s penalty
Jimmy Butler has his wish: freshmen on the Tennessee can learn is to get out and spread the floor. The previously, including this opened for the last driver to
He’s out of Minnesota. women’s basketball team there, and I’m going to Blue Hose are coming off year — a week after a win the Cup title in a Ford.
And just like that, Phila- got a taste of what it’s like play them.” a 65-47 win over Augusta different No. 4 Ford was “This week with the pen-
delphia has a new Big Three playing at the collegiate Tennessee will also need in last week’s exhibition found to be illegal follow- alty, it’s like we won two
— one that could make seri- level last week. its bench to sustain its up- game in which Presbyte- ing a victory. This track stages without even fir-
ous noise in the Eastern The fourth-ranked sign- tempo style of play, which rian guard Shamani Staf- was critical in Harvick’s ing up the engine on our
Conference. ing class excelled in its was on display against Car- ford scored a game-high run to his first title four car,” said Busch, cham-
A person with knowl- first test – an exhibition son-Newman. Tennessee’s 18 points. years ago when he had to pion in 2004 in the first
edge of the situation said game against Carson- 128 points was the fourth- “Our bigs are going to win, and did, at Phoenix to year of NASCAR’s playoff
Saturday that Butler is Newman in which the most points scored by any have to come out and play,” advance to the champion- system. “Now we’re equal
being traded to the 76ers freshmen combined for Lady Vols team in an exhi- Warlick said. “I haven’t ship round. and the job now is to get
in a package that will send 67 points en route to 128- bition game. seen film on them, but I A win isn’t required Sun- stage one, stage two and
Dario Saric and Robert 59 victory. “We’re running, we’re know what they did in their day, and Harvick needs to see how things pan out
Covington to the Timber- “It just helped us a lot,” pressing, and it takes a lot exhibition game, so we’ve only to avoid any on-track for the end of the race. We
wolves. The person spoke said Tennessee freshman out of you,” Warlick said. just got to go out and get issues to secure his tick- know our job is going to be
to The Associated Press Mimi Collins, who con- “So I’m going to play a lot our feet wet and just kind et at Homestead-Miami tough, but we just have to
on condition of anonym- tributed 16 of those points. of people.” of adjust as the game goes Speedway. go after it.”
ity because the trade had “Especially as freshmen, The team is young, with on.” Only a quiet Sunday While Harvick was lay-
not yet been announced by we get to see how college seven of the Lady Vols’ 10 As for who will provide drive is not Harvick’s style. ing the groundwork for a
either team and was still is, and we can see the com- active players either fresh- the Lady Vols’ with an He arrived in Phoenix rout on Sunday, his com-
pending NBA approval, petition.” men or sophomores. The inside presence, Cheridene without his crew chief and petition was preparing for
which is not expected until On Sunday, the young only three returning start- Green, Kasiyahna Kush- car chief, both suspended an intense push for those
Monday. Lady Vols’ squad will have ers from last year include kituah, Mimi Collins and for the final two races of final three berths. Among
Justin Patton will also be its chance to impress again. senior guard Meme Jack- Kamera Harris will look to the season . The berth he’d the drivers who haven’t
sent to Philadelphia, and Only this time, the stakes son and sophomores Ren- fill the shoes of Mercedes earned into the final four qualified for Homestead
Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 will be higher as Tennessee nia Davis and Evina West- Russell, who went on to by winning last week at are Kyle Busch and reign-
second-round pick are also takes on Presbyterian in its brook. play in the WNBA after Texas had been stripped ing series champion Mar-
going to Minnesota, the per- season opener at 2 p.m. at What the team lacks in last season. away as punishment by tin Truex Jr., who stood
son said. Thompson-Boling Arena. experience, Warlick said it “(We) really want to NASCAR. His team has by his car and watched as
The Athletic first reported The Lady Vols are 40-4 makes up for in chemistry. continue on our intensity, been branded a cheat. it took his team four tries
the agreement. in season openers over the “Just in their excitement, take great shots and stay The situation is less than to pass pre-qualifying
Philadelphia will become past 44 years. seeing how they’re excited focused — those three ideal, and Harvick is dis- inspection. Kyle Busch,
Butler’s third team, after Chi- It’s the first meeting for each other,” Warlick things,” Warlick said. “I interested in discussing Truex and Harvick were
cago and Minnesota. He’s a between the two schools, said, referring to the Car- thought our exhibition the penalty or the plight of NASCAR’s so-called Big
career 16.5 point-per-game and Tennessee coach Holly son-Newman game. “Not game was great for us. We his race team. He’s instead Three this year as they
scorer, though that is skewed Warlick has made it clear so much when they do played a lot of people, and letting his performance dominated the regular sea-
by his first two seasons that she isn’t going to shy away something for themselves, we’re going to play a lot of speak for itself. son yet none are guaran-
were very meager on the from playing the newcom- but when Zaay Green people but really, for the He went out and won teed to race for the title.
scoring front. He’s on pace ers, Collins, Zaay Green, blocks a shot, they’re all most part, I’m pleased with the pole. So it left Logano as the
this season to average at least Rae Burrell and Jazmine going crazy. When some- those three things. Then he was fastest in only relaxed driver and
20 points for the fifth con- Massengill. one makes a three, they’re “... But we’ve got to con- both of Saturday’s practices. feeling mighty confident
secutive year. “I recruited them to play,” all going crazy. And that’s tinue to get better.” It’s quite clear Harvick about his title chances.

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