Signal Mountain, McCallie and Soddy-Daisy both moved up, while Hixson returned to the charts with its 29-6 win at South Pittsburg. Ooltewah fell two spots following its 58-47 loss to Siegel, while Boyd-Buchanan, previously No. 9, dropped out of the rankings.
1. East Hamilton (2-0)
The Hurricanes improved to 2-0 with Friday’s impressive, 33-21 victory over traditional East Tennessee power Dobyns-Bennett. The Indians, who advanced to the Class 6A quarterfinals a season ago, may be down a bit in 2013, but it was still a huge victory for East Hamilton. The ‘Canes play their first-ever District 5-AAA contest Friday when they travel to Walker Valley
Last week: East Hamilton 33, Dobyns-Bennett 21
This week: @ Walker Valley
2. Baylor (2-0)
The Red Raiders had to work a little harder this week, but they still left Webb School of Knoxville with a win. Baylor, without its head coach for the entire second half, rode senior running back George Porter’s 182 yards and three touchdowns to a 21-7 win over the Spartans on Friday. The Red Raiders open their Division II-AA slate this week when they travel to Montgomery Bell Academy.
Last week: Baylor 21, Knoxville Webb 7
This week: @ Montgomery Bell Academy
3. McCallie (2-0)
The Blue Tornado cruised to their second lopsided victory of the season last week, crushing McMinn County 41-6. McCallie didn’t experience quite the same offensive success as in its Week 0 win over Cleveland, but still managed 343 yards of total offense — 246 on the ground. The Blue Tornado opens its Division II-AA slate this week when they host Pope John Paul II.
Last week: McCallie 41, McMinn County 6
This week: vs. Pope John Paul II
4. Signal Mountain (1-1)
The Eagles have averaged over 300 yards on the ground in their first two wins — the overwhelming majority of which have come from senior fullback James McClellan. The 6-foot, 250-pounder churned out 199 yards on 26 carries in last week’s 49-28 win over visiting Tyner, including a 70-yard touchdown run. The Eagles open their District 7-AA schedule on Friday when they travel to Bledsoe County.
Last week: Signal Mountain 49, Tyner 28
This week: @ Bledsoe County
5. Ooltewah (1-1)
Through two weeks of the season, the Owls have experienced both ends of the spectrum. They cruised to a 40-point win over Brainerd in Week 0, but came out on the losing end on Friday, suffering a 58-47 setback to a high-powered Siegel squad. Ooltewah opens its District 5-AAA schedule on Friday when they travel to Soddy-Daisy.
Last week: Siegel 58, Ooltewah 47
This week: @ Soddy-Daisy
6. Cleveland (1-1)
The Blue Raiders have scored 35 points in each of their first two games. In last week’s game against Cookeville, that turned out to be enough — unlike in the team’s season-opening loss to McCallie. Cleveland travels to McMinn Central on Friday for their District 5-AAA opener.
Last week: Cleveland 36, Cookeville 17
This week: @ McMinn Central
7. Notre Dame (1-1)
The Fighting Irish got back to .500 on the season with Friday’s 21-6 win over East Ridge, even without sophomore quarterback Alex Darras. Junior Kareem Orr stepped up in a big way in the win, scoring all three touchdowns for Notre Dame, including a 23-yard interception return for a score. The Irish host an upstart Chattanooga Christian squad in its District 7-AA opener on Friday.
Last week: Notre Dame 21, East Ridge 6
This week: vs. Chattanooga Christian
8. Soddy-Daisy (2-0)
First-year head coach Justin Barnes and the Trojans captured another impressive win last week, earning the school’s first 2-0 start since 2008. Junior quarterback Hunter Maynor has thrown for 475 yards and four touchdowns through Soddy’s first two victories — wins over District 6-AA schools Hixson and Red Bank. The Trojans host Ooltewah on Friday for their 5-AAA opener.
Last week: Soddy-Daisy 21, Red Bank 7
This week: vs. Ooltewah
9. Hixson (1-1)
The Wildcats bounced back from their Week 0 loss with an impressive 29-6 win at South Pittsburg. Hixson, the early-season favorites to win District 6-AA, will get their first opportunity against league competition Friday when they host the Tyner Rams.
Last week: Hixson 29, South Pittsburg 6
This week: vs. Tyner
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