Moore County played its way into the postseason … barely. Still, despite dropping its final two games of the regular season, the Raiders (5-5) were rewarded with a home game in the first round of the TSSAA Class A state playoffs.
According to the TSSAA bracket released this morning, Moore County will host Harriman (4-6) this Friday night in the opening round of the Class A playoffs.
The Raiders earned the No. 4 seed in Quad 2. Harriman (4-6) is the No. 5 seed. If MCHS makes it beyond the first round, the road gets significantly tougher. Friday’s winner will travel to No. 1 seed South Pittsburg (9-1), which has a first-round bye.
Even so, a game at home beats traveling, and a win would be sweet for a group of embattled seniors who have struggled to find consistency while working through a slew of injuries.
On the other side of the quad, No. 2 seed Monterey (6-4) earned a first-round bye. Monterey awaits the Fayetteville City/Gordonsville winner. Fayetteville (4-6) is the No. 6 seed, while Gordonsville (5-5) is the No. 3 seed.
South Pitt is one of five Class A playoff teams with a 9-1 record, joining Cloudland, Nashville Christian, Columbia Academy and Union City. There are no unbeatens.
Six of Moore County’s regular season opponents are in the playoffs.
Wayne County and Fayetteville are the only two teams in the Class A playoffs that Moore County faced this season. MCHS faced three teams that are in the Class 2A playoffs: Eagleville, Middle Tennessee Christian and Forrest. District 9-A champion Eagleville (9-1) earned a No. 1 seed, while Forrest garnered a No. 3 seed. In Class 3A, Cascade (7-3) is in as a No. 6 seed.