Boys Varsity Football · Bearden needs a win, plus help from HVA to host first round playoff game

Bearden football’s hopes of hosting in the TSSAA playoffs took a hit with their loss to Hardin Valley last week, but they could still play at home next week.

Bearden (7-2, 3-2 Region 1-6A) could secure home field advantage in the first round with a win Friday against Morristown West, but only if Hardin Valley also beats Farragut.

A 2-seed for Bearden would mean home field advantage against Bradley Central (7-2), the 3-seed from Region 2-6A.

However, if Bearden does not win on Friday or if the Bulldogs win but Hardin Valley loses, Bearden will be the 4-seed, taking on Maryville on the road.

Although head Coach Morgan Shinlever can’t ensure a win for Hardin Valley, he is looking to make improvements to ensure one for his team.

“We’ve just got to show up and play,” Coach Shinlever said. “Schematically everything we had [against HVA] was there; we’ve just got to execute.”

The Bulldogs have only lost one game at home this season, so home field advantage could be big for Bearden.

“[Home field advantage] would be huge,” Coach Shinlever said. “I think once you make the playoffs, though, anything can happen.”