The DeKalb County Tigers will host the Sequoyah Chiefs in the first round of the 2012 Division I BlueCross Bowl Class 4A Football Playoffs next Friday night, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Smithville. WJLE will have LIVE coverage of the game.
The Tigers (9-1) are seeded fourth and the Chiefs (6-4) are a five seed. The winner will face either Livingston Academy (9-1) or Grainger (4-6) on November 9 at 7:00 p.m. The Wildcats are a number one seed. Grainger is an eight seed.
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Coach Steve Trapp said while he is disappointed with the loss to Livingston Academy Friday night, he is happy that DeKalb County will be hosting a state play-off game for the second year in a row. "We're really excited to be able to host another play-off game. That's two years in a row," said Coach Trapp. "Ultimately we didn't finish off the season like we had hoped for but Livingston is a really good football team. But we'll rise up. We'll be resilient and we'll be ready to play this coming week. It's a whole new season. Everybody is back zero to zero. Its an exciting time of year for high school football programs to be able to continue their seasons," said Coach Trapp.
As for Friday night's 35-13 loss to Livingston Academy, Coach Trapp said the Wildcats had a good game plan and executed it well. "Livingston dominated us up front. They've got some really good players up front. They oversized us in a few positions. They are a very talented football team. We didn't play our best football by no means but Livingston Academy did a really good job at executing their game plan, keeping our offense off the field, and controling the football game in all regards. We've got to learn from it," said Coach Trapp.
If the Tigers defeat Sequoyah, they could potentially have a rematch with Livingston Academy on November 9. "If we take care of business we could possibly play those guys again in two weeks. But we've got to take care of this first one (game) first," he said.
Coach Trapp also expressed his thanks to the fans for their support. "I do want to say thank you to all the fans who came out. Before that game was very electrifying. And then to all the fans who met us back at the football field when we arrived home, that was really a great thing even after a loss. We really appreciate their support," said Coach Trapp.
Sequoyah High School is located in Monroe County or Madisonville northeast of Chattanooga.
Sequoyah's wins this year have been:
over Rockwood 41-14
over Tellico Plains 58-26
over Meigs County 40-2
over Cumberland County 48-0
over McMinn Central 42-21
over Scott County 35-20
Sequoyah's losses this year have been:
to Lenoir City 38-13
to Polk County 47-21
to Loudon 41-27
to Sweetwater 14-6
DeKalb County's wins have been:
over Warren County 50-0
over Clay County 65-0
over Cannon County 42-0
over White County 58-7
over Smith County 32-13
over Hixson 42-13
over York Institute 47-19
over Macon County 45-7
over Upperman 47-7
DeKalb County's only loss has been to Livingston Academy 35-13.
The other side of the bracket has Greeneville (7-3), a three seed, hosting Gibbs (6-4), a six seed. The winner of that game will advance to take on either Knoxville Carter (5-5) or Knoxville Fulton (8-2). Fulton, a two seed, is hosting Carter, a seven seed, next Friday night, November 2.