A quick look ahead to some of this week’s top high school football matchups:
Ooltewah (1-1) at Soddy-Daisy (2-0)
This one pits a pair of first-year head coaches against each other in Ooltewah’s Mac Bryan and Soddy-Daisy’s Justin Barnes. Surprisingly, though, it’s Barnes and the upstart Trojans battling for the team’s first 3-0 start since 2004. Friday will be the first true test for them, though, after knocking off a pair of District 6-AA schools. The Owls are looking to bounce back from last week’s 58-47 home loss to the Siegel Stars.
Chattanooga Christian (2-0) at Notre Dame (1-1)
The Chargers are 2-0 for the first time in the football program’s short history, and they’ll hit the road for the first time this season when they visit Notre Dame on Friday. The Fighting Irish, early favorites in District 7-AA, are coming off a 21-6 win over East Ridge — without sophomore quarterback Alex Darras. Notre Dame has to be considered the favorites, but there’s certainly some early-season momentum behind CCS.
East Hamilton (2-0) at Walker Valley (2-0)
The Mustangs have their sights set on their second consecutive 3-0 start under head coach Glen Ryan, but standing in their way is an extremely talented East Hamilton team. After capturing wins over Signal Mountain, 14-12, and Dobyns-Bennett, 33-21, the Hurricanes prepare for their first-ever District 5-AAA contest Friday at Walker Valley.
Tyner (0-1) at Hixson (1-1)
The Wildcats captured their first win of the season a week ago, cruising to a 29-6 win at South Pittsburg, while the Rams were easily dismissed by Signal Mountain, suffering a 49-28 setback to the Eagles. Whichever squad snags a win in this one will have an early leg up in the District 6-AA race.
Baylor (2-0) at Montgomery Bell Academy (2-0)
After dismantling Howard in Week 0, the Red Raiders had a tougher time last week against Webb School of Knoxville, erasing an early seven-point deficit to defeat the Spartans 21-7. This week’s trip to MBA will be the team’s toughest test thus far. It’s not quite a “must-win” for Baylor, which will be without its head coach, Phil Massey. If the Red Raiders have hopes of a Division II-AA title, beating the Big Red will be crucial.
Other noteable games:
East Ridge (0-2) at Chattanooga Central (1-1)
Cleveland (1-1) at McMinn County (1-1)
Signal Mountain (1-1) at Bledsoe County (1-1)
Brainerd (0-2) at Red Bank (0-2)
Grace Baptist Academy (0-2) at Davidson Academy (1-1)
Franklin Road Academy (1-1) at Boyd-Buchanan (1-1)
Pope John Paul II (2-0) at McCallie (2-0)
South Pittsburg (1-1) at Grundy County (0-2)
Grundy County (1-1) at Sequatchie County (1-0)
Marion County (2-0) at Whitwell (1-1)
Sequoyah (1-1) at McMinn Central (1-1)
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