When Sequoyah hits the field Saturday night, it will know exactly where it stands in the race for the playoffs.
Centennial (0-7, 0-5 Region 7AAAAAA) will travel to Sequoyah (3-6, 3-3) after the game was pushed back a day.
The Chiefs enter the week on the outside position for the fourth and final playoff spot from the region, and according to coach James Teter, there exists a number of possible scenarios for Sequoyah.
If Cambridge defeats River Ridge — regardless of Sequoyah’s result — the Chiefs would be eliminated. However, a Sequoyah win paired with a Cambridge loss and a Creekview loss to Johns Creek would likely vault Sequoyah into the fourth playoff spot in the region.
“In most scenarios, if we win, Johns Creek wins and Cambridge loses, then we’re in,” Teter said. “The good thing for us is that, by the time we play, we should know what we’re doing. We’re either playing for a playoff spot or playing for pride.”
After starting the season 0-5, the Chiefs have won three of their last four games to place themselves in a position to advance to the playoffs.
Sequoyah defeated Riverwood 28-17 last week and recorded its best defensive performance of the season. The Chiefs allowed 38 total yards, recorded 14 first downs and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to complete a comeback victory.
“Our kids played really well,” Teter said. “Our defense played really well and put a lot of heat on their quarterback, who we thought was a really scary player. Our ends, Avery Born and Harrison Hood, did a great job of getting pressure.”
Born and Joseph Silva each recorded two sacks apiece and were Sequoyah’s leading tacklers with eight and seven tackles, respectively. Silva recorded three tackles for loss and leads Sequoyah with 11 on the season.
Playing without standout running back Jaden Mitchell, Sequoyah was led by quarterback Matthew Traynor, who finished 6-for-9 passing for 136 yards and a touchdown, to go along with 53 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
It was Traynor who scored twice on quarterback keepers in the second half to secure the win. Peyton Lucas finished with a team-high 100 rushing yards, while adding two receptions for 39 yards and a score.
Centennial’s primary offensive weapons have been its duo at wide receiver. Julian Nixon (Tennessee commit) and Drake Mason are tall, rangy targets and have the play-making ability to turn a game. A number of key players are freshmen, including running back Nathan Webster and offensive lineman Daniel Calhoun, who already holds offers from Georgia and Tennessee.