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Missed it by that much
Pioneers add playoffs to list of 'almosts'
Malik Ladet
WCHS senior Malik Ladet helped the Pioneers to a 4-6 record with 33 catches for 504 yards. - photo by James Clark

A theme for the WCHS football team this year could have been “almost.”
The Pioneers almost beat Coffee County and they almost beat Stone Memorial. The Pioneers added to the list over the weekend when they almost advanced to the TSSAA 6A Playoffs.
“The way the TSSAA explained it to me, we needed four things to happen for us to get in,” said WCHS athletic director Todd Willmore. “Three of those four things happened.”
First and foremost, the Pioneers had to beat Cumberland County on Friday night. That was a breeze as Warren County throttled the Jets 41-0 to finish the year 4-6.
Then Warren County needed some help. Tullahoma and DeKalb County both needed to win their games – which happened – to give the Pioneers three of their four requirements. However, Siegel needed to beat LaVergne, which did not happen. By virtue of the LaVergne win, the Wolverines made the playoffs with a 5-5 record.
LaVergne gets to play Cookeville (8-2) in the first round. The two teams played in Week 9 with LaVergne claiming a 38-17 victory. Cookeville’s other loss came against Rhea County.
As for the rest of the 6A playoff bracket, Whitehaven, Ravenwood and Maryville all enter postseason undefeated at 10-0. First-round playoff games of regional interest include Independence (6-4) at Hendersonville (9-1), Mt. Juliet (5-5) at Oakland (9-1), and Smyrna (6-4) at Riverdale (8-2).
Three teams from District 6-AAA reached the playoffs. In addition to Cookeville qualifying for the 6A playoffs, Rhea County and Stone Memorial both made the 5A playoffs.
Rhea County (10-0) plays host to Tullahoma (5-5) in the first round, while Stone Memorial (6-4) has a tough game at Ooltewah (10-0).
DeKalb County (5-5) made the 4A playoffs and travels to Signal Mountain (8-2) for its first-round game. Warren County beat DeKalb County to open the season.