2020 RECORD: 55-22
Last Week: 3-0
And then there was one.
The Buccaneer football team has grown accustomed to being the final Sumner County High School team remaining in the TSSAA playoffs the last several years, and 2020 is no different.
Three of the last four seasons Beech has reached the Class 5A Quarterfinal Round, winning in both 2017 and 2018.
This season’s opponent? Summit High School.
The number one seed out of Region 5-5A comes to Shackle Island with a 11-1 record, but four of the 11 wins are COVID-19 forfeits.
Last week’s 28-14 win over Columbia marked the first time Summit played in back-to-back weeks since their first three weeks of the season went uninterrupted (Aug. 21-Sep. 4).
What does the mean? Probably nothing more than the Spartans having the leg up over Beech in the rest department.
Where this benefits the Bucs? Beech has been battled-tested, and I’m not sure you can say the same for Summit.
Of the seven games played by Summit this season, only one win (Independence) came over a team with a better than .500 record.
That said, the Wade brothers will have something to say about Friday night’s final.
The Spartans are coming off a loss in the state title game last season and want nothing more than to get back and get the taste of losing out of their mouths.
As for who I think is going to win Friday night?
So much is determined on whether or not Keatan Wade (foot) plays, because, well, as a four-star linebacker I don’t need to explain to you the impact he has on the field.
Offensively Destin Wade and the Spartans are tough to stop, but the Buccaneer defense is no slouch either.
Win or lose, Friday will mark the final game played at Shackle Island Stadium for the Beech seniors and because of that, I’m picking the Bucs to win a thriller.
PICK: BEECH 28, SUMMIT 27