All kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time
Ooltewah (8-3) at Powell (11-0)
Nicknames: Owls, Panthers
Coaches: Shannon Williams, Matt Lowe
The season: Powell scored fewer than 28 points only twice and scored more than 40 in seven of its wins. The Panthers also registered two shutouts and no team scored more than 20 against them. Their closest margin of victory was four points (21-17) over Class 6A Oak Ridge. Ooltewah lost to Seigel, McMinn County and Bradley Central, all Class 6A teams and all playoff participants that entered the postseason with a combined 22-8 record. The Owls scored no fewer than 26 points in any game and scored 38 or more points five times, including a 62-27 victory over Walker Valley to end the regular season.
Last week: Ooltewah defeated Shelbyville 42-20; Powell defeated Anderson County 54-12.
Brainerd (6-5) at Giles County (7-3)
Nicknames: Panthers, Bobcats
Coaches: Stanley Jackson, David O'Connor
The season: Four of the Panthers' five losses were to playoff teams and they avenged one of those last week by upsetting East Hamilton, their quadrant's top seed. Two of the Bobcats' three losses were to playoff teams. They have three wins in which they scored 40 or more points and won four of their last five games. The loss was a 51-28 setback to Lewis County. They had two shutout wins and four games where they gave up 13 or fewer points.
Last week: Brainerd defeated East Hamilton 21-14; Giles County defeated DeKalb County 35-28.
Alcoa (7-4) at Bledsoe County (10-1)
Nicknames: Tornadoes, Warriors
Coaches: Gary Rankin, Jason Reel
The season: They say if someone is going to get Alcoa in the playoffs that this is the year to do it but the seven-time defending state champions' record is deceiving. All four of their losses are to playoff teams including 6A favorite Maryville and 4A favorite Greeneville. Their most impressive wins were a shutout of 5A Cleveland, a 53-6 win over Loudon and a 51-0 shutout of Stone Memorial. Bledsoe lost just one game in the regular season, getting pounded by Signal Mountain 48-13. It was the only game in which the Warriors failed to score at least 21 points. The Warriors did have heart-stopping moments against opponents they should have pounded, including McMinn Central (24-21) and Chattanooga Christian (43-42). Neither of those teams had a winning record. Offensively the versatile Warriors showed they could score points, getting 47 or more seven times including a season-high 61 in a 20-point win over pass-oriented Notre Dame.
Last week: Alcoa defeated Tyner 17-7; Bledsoe County defeated Meigs County 44-25.
Polk County (8-3) at Christian Academy of Knoxville (9-2)
Nicknames: Wildcats, Warriors
Coaches: Derrick Davis, Rusty Bradley
The season: Polk supporters might have been disappointed that the Wildcats, while winning the district, had three losses. However, two of the three were to playoff teams, including 6A Bradley Central. The Wildcats' most significant win has to be a 36-35 victory over Signal Mountain, which would have been among the Class 4A favorites if not for having to vacate six wins as mandated by the TSSAA. In their seven wins the Wildcats scored 32 or more points, and they had five games where they held opponents to 14 or fewer points. CAK's two losses were by a point in each: 32-31 to Knoxville Grace, which finished the season undefeated but is suspended from the playoffs this year, and 43-42 to LaVergne, which finished the year 3-7. The Warriors finished the regular season with a 24-14 win over Alcoa. They put up 45 or more points seven times.
Last week: Polk County defeated Kingston 28-14; CAK defeated Sweetwater 42-22.
Rockwood (7-4) at Boyd-Buchanan (9-1)
Nicknames: Tigers, Buccaneers
Coaches: John Webb, Grant Reynolds
The season: The Tigers were shut out twice -- 21-0 by Sequoyah (5-5) and 28-0 by Knoxville Grace (10-0). However, they also had shutout wins over Harriman, Tellico Plains and Midway, the latter two coming in the final two games of the regular season. None of their regular-season wins, though, came against teams with winning records. Boyd-Buchanan played four teams with a record of .500 or better and beat three of them, losing only to rival South Pittsburg, one of Class 1A's favorites. Their closest margin of victory was a 7-6 overtime win over 5-5 East Ridge in Week 2. Half of their games were against higher-classification teams. The Bucs scored 35 or more points five times including a 55-6 victory at Unaka and a 54-6 decision over district rival Grace Academy. In seven of their wins they held opponents to seven or fewer points, including two shutouts.
Last week: Rockwood defeated Watertown 28-8; Boyd-Buchanan had a bye.
South Pittsburg (9-2) at Greenback (9-1)
Nicknames: Pirates, Cherokees
Coaches: Vic Grider, Justin Ridge
The season: The Pirates scored 38 or more points in six of their wins, including 74 against Whitwell. Their two losses were to Class 4A Signal Mountain (65-26) and Class 2A Knoxville Grace (3-0 in triple overtime), and neither Signal nor Grace advanced to the postseason because of TSSAA rulings. Five of the Pirates' games were against Class 2A or higher opponents, including Class 6A Franklin County. Greenback played four teams with winning records and beat three of them (Oneida, Oliver Springs, Rockwood) and lost to unbeaten Knoxville Grace. The Cherokees scored 30 or more points in four of their wins and gave up no more than 14 in four games.
Last week: South Pittsburg defeated Grace Academy 56-13; Greenback had a bye.
Lookout Valley (8-3) at Coalfield (9-1)
Nicknames: Both are the Yellow Jackets
Coaches: Tony Webb, Keith Henry
The season: Lookout Valley's losses were to South Pittsburg and Grace Academy and Class 4A Notre Dame, and all three were included in the playoffs. Coach Webb's Yellow Jackets scored 40 or more points in five of their wins. In two of their three losses they managed just one TD. Coalfield is riding a nine-game winning streak, losing its opener at Class 3A Pigeon Forge. Henry's Yellow Jackets scored 41 or more points eight times, including a 63-0 win over Jellico.
Last week: Lookout Valley defeated Sunbright 28-25; Coalfield had a bye.
Montgomery Bell Academy (6-5) at Baylor (9-1)
Nicknames: Big Red, Red Raiders
Coaches: Marty Euvarard, Phil Massey
The season: Baylor beat MBA earlier this year, but it was one of the Red Raiders' tougher games. They won 23-16 on Sept. 9 and MBA appears to have gotten much better, winning five of its seven games since. MBA's worst loss this year was 52-10 to Ensworth. Despite losing at Brentwood Academy, Baylor wound up with the top seed with a win over Ensworth and Ensworth's victory over BA. The Red Raiders spent last week's bye week preparing for MBA and will have this week for that preparation also.
Last week: MBA defeated Briarcrest 40-14; Baylor had a bye.
McCallie (5-5) at Memphis University School (7-3)
Nicknames: Blue Tornado, Owls
Coaches: Bubba Simmons, Bobby Alston
The season: McCallie was looking forward to a second trip to BGA last week and made the most of it with the victory they expected the first time. The Blue Tornado have been relatively consistent although Simmons probably wasn't happy at the time about losses to BGA, MBA or Baylor. This will be McCallie's seventh road game and longest trip of the year. MUS, the No. 1 seed from the West Region, has a 5-1 home record this year. The Owls' lone loss at home was to Ensworth (28-14). Their other losses were to Mississippi powers South Panola (19-7) and Olive Branch (21-17). Since the loss to Olive Branch, MUS has reeled off five straight wins.
Last week: McCallie defeated Battle Ground Academy 24-17; MUS had a bye.
Contact Ward Gossett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-886-4765.
The rest of the schedule:
Fayette County (8-3) at North Jackson (11-0)
Fort Payne (10-1) at Briarwood Christian (10-1)
Jefferson (8-2) at Calhoun (10-0)
Dalton (4-6) at Gainesville (9-1)
Monroe Area (8-2) at Ridgeland (6-4)
Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...