Thursday, September 18, 2014 · 5:40 a.m.

Breaking down the districts

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Here's an overview of six Chattanooga area high school football districts: 

(Graphic: Michael Murphy)

Division II-AA East/Middle Region

McCallie and Baylor are both stuck in the middle of the pack in the top-heavy East/Middle region.

Ensworth hasn't even sniffed a challenge since its 35-28 win over Memphis University School in its season opener, and the Tigers throttled No. 3 Montgomery Bell Academy on Friday. Ensworth pounded McCallie, 47-10, and Baylor didn't fare much better against against Cornelius Elder and company. 

Brentwood Academy hasn't lost since its season-opening defeat at Trinity (Ky.), and the Eagles are averaging more than 40 points during their five-game winning streak. 

The two powerhouses meet Oct. 19 in a game that's sure to decide the region champion.

District 5-A

Boyd-Buchanan's undefeated season may be at stake when it travels to South Pittsburg on Friday, but the Buccaneers' quest for a District 5-A title won't. Boyd has just one league game remaining, its regular-season finale against Copper Basin.

The Cougars' only loss of the season was a 16-14 setback to Silverdale on Sept. 14. The Seahawks have been perfect since their lopsided defeat to the Buccaneers, and they'll face Grace Baptist in their regular-season finale. 

The Golden Eagles haven't had much go right this season. Their only victory was a 33-7 win over Cannon County more than a month ago, and they've dropped five straight since.

District 5-AAA

McMinn County won a huge road contest over Cleveland on Friday to remain unbeaten in league play, while Ooltewah scored a big district victory over Bradley Central.

The Cherokees held onto the top spot with their 26-21 win over the surging Blue Raiders, snapping Cleveland's four-game win streak, and the Owls made it three straight with their road win over the Bears. 

Walker Valley throttled Soddy-Daisy to halt its three-game skid and get back to above .500.

District 6-A

South Pittsburg earned a forfeit win Friday over Arlington Christian (Ga.), but the Pirates will need to do more than just show up this week when Boyd-Buchanan comes to town. 

South Pittsburg, which defeated its three district opponent by an average of 39 points, already has the district title sealed up and will be by far the toughest test of the season for the unbeaten Buccaneers. 

District 6-AA

No team in District 6-AA seems to have an answer for East Hamilton. No. 2 Hixson tried to hang with the Hurricanes on Friday but was swept away by senior running back Logan Jackson and a dominating defensive effort by East Hamilton. 

Tyner will get its shot at knocking off the Hurricanes this week. The No. 3 Rams' only district loss was to Hixson two weeks ago, but they bounced back with a convincing victory over struggling Central. 

Red Bank, which won its second straight league contest Thursday, could be picking up steam under first-year head coach E.K. Slaughter. The Lions' late-game metldown against Hixson on Sept. 14 really hurt, but Red Bank can still salvage its season with a strong finish. 

District 7-AA

Signal Mountain looks to be headed for a District 7-AA title, but the No. 2 spot is still uncertain. 

It will probably be decided on Oct. 26 when Notre Dame and Grundy County, both 2-1 in league play, square off in their regular-season finales.

The Eagles should roll against their final two opponents — Chattanooga Christian and Sequatchie County — while the young Fighting Irish look to bounce back from its loss to Signal this week against the struggling Indians. 

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