COLLINWOOD, Tenn. — Collinwood scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns and rode its defense the rest of the way to earn a 14-12 playoff victory against Jo Byrns in the second round of the Tennessee state playoffs.
The Trojans (9-2) came in fresh off a first-round bye earned by sharing the region title, and their defense shut Jo Byrns down in the second half.
Peyton Risner opened the scoring with 7:45 to play in the first quarter on a 2-yard TD run, Brier Daniel kicked the extra point to put Collinwood up 7-0.
Jo Byrns answered with a 3-yard TD run from Kevin Atkins, but Risner picked off a pass on the 2-point conversion attempt to keep the Trojans out front 7-6 with 3:40 to play in the first quarter.
Logan Montgomery quickly answered on Collinwood’s next possession, capping a quick scoring drive with a 38-yard TD run, extending the lead to 14-6 with 1:07 to play in the first.
James Wakefield would score the final points of the night on a 5-yard TD run for Jo Byrns with 8:07 to go in the first half. The 2-point attempt failed, and Collinwood’s defense held on from there.
Montgomery rushed 21 times for 101 yards to lead the Trojans, while Risner rushed for 71 yards and caught three passes for 96 yards.
Collinwood will host Nashville Christian next week.
LORETTO, Tenn. — Despite losing starting quarterback Matt Rosson early in the game with an injury, Loretto used a timely offense and a solid defense to defeat Whitehouse on Friday.
Loretto finished with 270 yards on offense, all rushing.
Timothy Brown finished with 167 yards on 16 carries and he scored twice.
“I’m proud of the way our played even after Matt went down,” Loretto coach Lee Boyd said.
Rosson was rolling out to pass in the first quarter when he was knocked out of bounds and broke his wrist.
Loretto took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Brown scored on a 24-
yard run on Loretto’s first offensive possession. Matt Moore then scooped up a Whitehouse fumble at the Patriots’ 25 and ran into the end zone. Corey Allen’s 2-point conversion made it 14-0.
Neither team scored against until the fourth quarter.
Brown scored on a 19-yard run make it 21-0.
The Loretto defense then
held Whitehouse on downs at its own 1-yard line with 8:23 left to play.
After a Loretto punt, the Patriots were able to score their only touchdown of the night.
Loretto, the second-seed in the playoffs, travels to Adamsville, the top seeded team, next week.