The Raiders’ stumbled down the stretch, going 1-4 in their last five games including a 3-0 season-ending loss to Eagleville. That cost the team any chance it had at extending the season beyond Week 10 and in the process snapped a stretch of four straight years with a playoff appearance.
The last time Moore County wasn’t in the playoffs was 2009, a year that mirrored this one. That year MCHS finished 4-6 and won just one contest in the last six weeks of the season.
There were a pair of 4-6 teams that did sneak into the Class A playoffs this season and both fell into the same geographical quadrant. Midway (4-6) is a No. 5 seed and will play at Red Boiling Springs (6-4), while Clay County (4-6) is a No. 6 seed and will play at No. 3 South Pittsburg (5-5). Both of those contests are in Quadrant 2.
Huntland is the lone District 9-A representative in Class A as the Hornets (8-2) earned a No. 4 seed and will host Clarksville Academy (7-3).
In Class 2A, there are three teams from District 9-A.
A surging Eagleville (6-4) team, which won four of its last six games, is the No. 5 seed and will play at No. 4 Jackson County (6-4).
Middle Tennessee Christian (9-1) earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. The Cougars will host the Trousdale County/Whitwell winner on Nov. 14.
Both Eagleville and MTCS are in the Second Quadrant, where Marion County (9-1) is the No. 1 seed.
In the Third Quadrant, Forrest (7-3) is the No. 4 seed and will host Riverside (6-4) this Friday night.
There are a pair of 4-6 teams in the Class 2A playoffs as well as a Loretto squad that managed just a 3-7 record.
In Class 3A both Grundy County and Cascade made it to the playoffs. Grundy County (5-5) is a No. 7 seed and will play at No. 2 McMinn Central (8-2).
Cascade (4-6) is a No. 7 seed and will travel to No. 2 White House-Heritage (9-1).
Along with Cascade, there are four other teams in the Class 3A playoffs with a 4-6 record.
Tullahoma’s 21-7 victory over rival Coffee County on Friday night was enough to get the Wildcats (5-5) into the postseason. Tullahoma is a No. 7 seed and will make the 125-mile trek east to face No. 2 seed and unbeaten Rhea County (10-0).
Also from District 8-AAA, Shelbyville Central (7-3) claimed a No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Clarksville (5-5).
Tullahoma and Shelbyville were not placed in the same quad.
District 8-AAA champion Lawrence County (8-2), which won its first district title in 50 years, is a No. 3 seed in Quadrant 4 and will host Millington (7-3).
Columbia (6-4) is a No. 6 seed and will play at No. 3 Beech (5-5).
Soddy Daisy is the only 4-6 team to advance to the Class 5A playoffs.