Playoff Bracket Updates

For the first time since the TSSAA started the playoff format in 1970, the Oliver Springs Bobcats and the Coalfield Yellow Jackets will meet in the Quarterfinals of the state playoff system.

Coach Larry Green’s Bobcats made the long trek up to Roan Mountain tonight to take on the Highlanders of Cloudland, but had to do so without 5 key starters and a total of at least 10 players that had to sit out due to contract tracing earlier in the week.

Oliver Springs came away with the 24-20 win, while Coalfield took a 20-7 halftime lead over Greenback. Then saw that lead slip away after a 91-yard fumble return, but then marched right back down the field to take that lead back, 26-21 with 8:58 left in the game after a 31-yard TD run by Landon Lowe.

The Cherokees then marched down the field and it looked as though Coalfield was going to stop Greenback on Coalfield’s 31-yard line on a 4th and 16 play, however a pass down to the 3-yard line gave Greenback new life on 1st and goal with 3 minutes to go in the game.

The game came down to a 4th and 2 call by Greenback out of the Wildcat Package with number 55, Braden Matoy, who was stopped at the 1/2 yard line by the Yellow Jackets for their 2nd goal-line stand of the game with 2:35 remaining, but the Jackets had the ball on the 1/2 yard line, trying to run out the clock.

A 3rd down and 8 pass play, only Coalfield’s 2nd pass of the game, was thrown out of the end zone by Cole Hines to Seth Lowe which sealed the win for Coalfield. It was their first win over Greenback since the 2014 Quarterfinal Win at Cooper Field in Greenback.

Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday at 12pm for the game at Rochelle Field in Coalfield. Kickoff will be at 7pm on Friday night.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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