By The Numbers

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With the third round of the TSSAA football playoffs in the books, it’s time to go over this week’s By the Numbers.

Alcoa head coach Gary Rankin provided the highlight by reaching 465 career wins in a 52-0 victory over Pigeon Forge.

Below is the full list of notable numbers:

2: Number of semifinal games being played with state-title winning coaches pitted one another (Giles County vs. Alcoa in 3A and Oakland vs. Maryville in 6A)

4: Total No. 2 seeds (Elizabethton, Hampton, Henry County and Trousdale County) remaining heading into the semifinal round.

7: Total number of defending state champions still alive in the playoffs with a chance to defend their 2020 titles (Peabody, Alcoa, Elizabethton, Summit, Oakland, CPA and McCallie).

9: Number of undefeated teams that remain ahead of the semifinal round.

12: Current win streak for both Dyersburg and Giles County as they head into the semifinal round.

13: Current win streak for Haywood, Maryville, McKenzie and Tullahoma as they head in the semifinal round.

16: Current win streak for two-time defending Division II-AAA champion McCallie.

17: Number of consecutive playoff wins by Peabody dating back to 2017, which is the second-longest streak in the state behind Alcoa.

20: Total No. 1 seeds remaining heading into the semifinal round.

24: Current winning streak for 6A semifinalist Summit.

28: Current longest winning streak in the state held by Oakland, which travels to Maryville in the 6A semifinals.

30-16: Overall playoff record for Nashville Christian.

33: Number of consecutive playoff wins by Alcoa dating back to 2015, which leads the state.

465: Number of career head coaching wins for Alcoa’s Gary Rankin, which leads the state.

1,923/41: Total rushing yards and total touchdowns scored by Haywood running back JaKylon Taylor this season.

2,617/41: Total rushing yards and total touchdowns scored by Cloudland running back Seth Birchfield, who is a Class 1A Mr. Football semifinalist.

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Donovan Stewart is entering his 26th season covering high school football and his 10th year of covering the entire state of Tennessee. He is also the Media Director for the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA).

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