Who are Chattanooga area’s brightest stars at football season’s midpoint?

Best players, top teams, biggest surprises with schedule halfway gone

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Baylor running back Caleb Hampton celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown during a home win against Knoxville Catholic on Sept. 2. Hampton has averaged 9.2 yards per carry while helping the Red Raiders to a 4-0 start.

As prep football programs across the Chattanooga area either reached the regular season's midpoint last week or will do so with Friday's games, the Times Free Press takes a look at the highlights so far.


› Baylor is 4-0 for the first time in three years, and with an average game score of 41-14 that includes a pair of runaway wins over TSSAA Division II-AAA East/Middle Region opponents — the Red Raiders led Knoxville Catholic and Pope John Paul II a combined 84-3 at halftime. Junior quarterback Whit Muschamp has thrown for 918 yards and only one interception in 72 attempts, and senior running back Caleb Hampton, who recently opened his recruitment after having been committed to South Carolina for baseball, is proving to be a Football Bowl Subdivision prospect with 679 rushing yards (9.2