Here’s a look at Friday’s second-round matchups for Chattanooga area schools:
McCallie (5-5) at Ensworth (10-0)
The Blue Tornado has certainly made strides under head coach Ralph Potter in his first season back at his alma mater, but for McCallie to advance to the semifinals, it will have to do something no other school has managed to do all season — defeat Ensworth. The Blue Tornado took a crack at the Tigers earlier this season but was throttled 47-10 at home. The Tigers, led by senior running back Cornelius Elder, cruised to an undefeated regular season, defeating their 10 opponents by an average of 30.6 points. Elder, a 5-11, 170-pound speedster, holds scholarship offers from more than 10 Division I schools. He’s racked up 1,970 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season.
Baylor (8-3) at Memphis University School (8-2)
The Red Raiders looked sharp in their first-round win over Battle Ground Academy, especially early as they built a 35-point first-quarter advantage. Baylor heads to Memphis University on Friday for its second-round matchup against the Owls. MUS, the No. 1 team from the Division II-AA West Region, suffered a seven-point Week 0 loss at Ensworth, and its only other defeat was a 43-33 setback to Olive Branch (Miss.). The Red Raiders have won four straight and five of their last six, while the Owls have strung together five straight.
South Pittsburg (8-3) at Gordonsville (9-1)
The Pirates put up a season-high 76 points in last week’s first-round win over Columbia Academy. South Pittsburg hits the road for the first time in three weeks on Friday when it travels to No. 2 Gordonsville. The Tigers, who have scored at least 55 points in their last two regular-season games, also have a lethal offense, but it’s their defense that could provide problems for the Pirates. Gordonsville allowed a combined 49 points through the first two weeks of the season, but it has allowed just 67 since. The Tigers haven’t lost since a 28-27 defeat at Smith County in Week 1.
Boyd-Buchanan (10-1) at Oneida (9-1)
Last week’s one-score win over Rockwood was the Buccaneers’ second-smallest margin of victory all season, but their 27-19 win lifted them into the second round. Boyd-Buchanan will be looking for its fifth-straight Class 2A quarterfinal appearance Friday when it travels to No. 2 Oneida. The Indians have strung together nine straight wins since their 26-7 Week 0 loss to Greenback. They scored at least 50 points in each of their final regular-season games.
Silverdale Baptist (10-1) at Knoxville Grace (9-1)
The Seahawks face a tremendous challenge this week at Knoxville Grace, but if they handle it like last week’s challenge, they should be OK. Silverdale, which hasn’t lost in more than two months, handled Hampton 41-8 on the road last week, and it will look to carry the momentum into its second-round matchup with Grace. The Rams, whose only loss this season was a 27-19 defeat at Christian Academy of Knoxville on Sept. 6, have strung together six straight wins, including a 47-27 victory at South Pittsburg two weeks ago.
Notre Dame (9-2) at Giles County (11-0)
Like McCallie, the Fighting Irish have improved a great deal under the direction of a new coach, Charles Fant, but Notre Dame will have to pull off a shocker Friday in order to keep its postseason alive. The Irish travel to Giles County on Friday for a showdown with the No. 1 Bobcats, who are one of 13 unbeaten teams in the state. Their offense has averaged nearly 50 points per game, and their defense has been just as impressive (7.4 ppg). The Bobcats are led by junior quarterback Al Cobb, who has accounted for 3,072 total yards and 46 touchdowns. The 6-3, 187-pounder has completed 77 percent of his passes for 2,304 yards and 27 touchdowns with just one interception.
Page (7-4) at East Hamilton (10-1)
The Hurricanes will be without senior running back Logan Jackson, who tore his ACL in last week’s 38-0 win over Marshall County. The 6-1, 205-pound back has been East Hamilton’s workhorse all season, but the ‘Canes have shown the last two weeks that they have others that can carry the load. Senior Lamond Greer ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns in East Hamilton’s final regular-season game, while Greer and sophomore Matt Malita combined for more than 150 yards on the ground last week. Page edged Signal Mountain 42-41 last week in the first round.
Ooltewah (8-3) at Lenoir City (9-2)
The Owls have put together quite a late-season stretch. Ooltewah, winners of six straight, have averaged more than 40 points in that span, while its defense has allowed just more than 10 points per contest. Last week’s 47-28 win over Anderson County marked the most points allowed by the Owls since Sept. 14, but they still managed a comfortable victory. No. 2 Lenoir City hasn’t lost to a Class 5A school all season. The Panthers’ only defeats this year have been to Class 6A schools Maryville and Bearden.
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