The Central Warriors (8-5) were playing their first quarterfinal game in school history against the White Station Spartans (9-4) at Crump stadium in a Class 6A matchup Friday night. A second-half thriller ended with Central on the short end of a 31-28 battle.
The stands at Crump stadium were filled with supporters from both schools at kickoff, with many still in line to be a part of a game that was stamped with a playoff atmosphere. The first half lacked offensive explosion and felt like it was going to be a dogfight, with a 7-3 halftime score.
The Spartans brought injured quarterback Cedric Wilson off the bench and he threw four touchdown passes in the second half, including a 5-yard pass to Terry Wright for the winner with 57 seconds left. Wilson finished 18 of 21 passing for 209 yards.
"Cedrick Wilson is a true Spartan in every sense of the word," said White Station coach Joe Rocconi. "He gave us the spark we needed."
"I'm proud of our guys and how they responded after halftime. How we played, it showed heart and confidence," added Rocconi.
Jamal Jones helps Trezevant rush past Dyersburg
Dyersburg (11-2) held Trezevant (12-1) scoreless in the first half to lead the Bears 7-0 at the break.
Starting the second half, Trezevant's running back Jamal Jones put on a clinic en route to helping the bears earn a 12-7 victory He had the Dyersburg defense winded and frustrated as would-be tacklers constantly found themselves looking at the back of the number 9 jersey.
"We wanted to come out and be physical and be mentally tough," said Jones, who rushed for 202 yards and one touchdown.
The Bears defense responded as well by not allowing Dyersburg to score a point in the second half and ending the game with a fourth-down stop.
"We've been working all season and off season and I believe our team deserves it (to advance to title game)," said Jones.
"I'm too full of emotion right now," said Trezevant coach Teli White. "We have reached our goal. Let me tell you about goals. When you reach your goals, guess what you gotta do? You gotta make new ones. We got Thanksgiving. The new goal is December...state bound!"