McCallie moved up, Baylor moved down. Soddy-Daisy dropped out of the rankings after its 58-14 loss to Ooltewah, while No. 9 Silverdale makes it first appearance this season after a 3-0 start.
1. East Hamilton (3-0)
The Hurricanes notched another impressive victory last week, pulling away from Walker Valley late to secure a 56-35 win. Senior quarterback Hunter Moore scorched the Mustangs defense for 440 yards and five touchdowns through the air. And while the team passed its first test District 5-AAA test, things won’t get any easier for East Hamilton in the coming weeks. The ‘Canes travel to Murfreesboro on Friday to face Class 6A power Riverdale, and the following week, they head to rival Ooltewah for a huge 5-AAA showdown against the Owls.
Last week: East Hamilton 56, Walker Valley 35
This week: @ Riverdale
2. McCallie (3-0)
The Blue Tornado is steadily climbing its way up the rankings, and McCallie actually overtook arch-rival Baylor for the No. 2 spot with its 48-7 win over Division II-AA foe Pope John Paul II. Not one of McCallie’s first three opponents — Cleveland, McMinn County or PJPII — seemed to have an answer for the Blue Tornado’s explosive offense, which is averaging 48 points per game. The schedule only gets harder from here, though, starting with this week’s trip to Siegel
Last week: McCallie 48, Pope John Paul II 7
This week: @ Siegel
3. Baylor (2-1)
The Red Raiders tasted defeat for the first time this season Friday, falling at Montgomery Bell Academy in their Division II-AA opener. Nick Tiano threw for nearly 200 yards and running back George Porter racked up 145 yards on the ground, but the team had trouble finding the end zone in the 28-14 defeat. Baylor should have an easier time putting up points on Friday when it welcomes Brainerd.
Last week: Montgomery Bell Academy 28, Baylor 14
This week: vs. Brainerd
4. Signal Mountain (2-1)
The Eagles have encountered little resistance since the squad’s season-opening loss to East Hamilton, cruising to a three-touchdown win over Tyner before throttling Bledsoe County 48-0 in last week’s district opener. Signal Mountain travels to Red Bank on Friday.
Last week: Signal Mountain 48, Bledsoe County 0
This week: @ Red Bank
5. Ooltewah (2-1)
The Owls offense appears to be unstoppable, averaging 49 points through their first three, which includes wins over Brainerd (42-2) and Soddy-Daisy (58-14). The questions center around Ooltewah’s defense, though. The unit was solid last week against the Trojans, but it was absolutely shredded in the Owls’ 58-47 setback to Siegel. Ooltewah travels to Tyner on Friday, and the outcome will likely be determined by which Owls defense shows up.
Last week: Ooltewah 58, Soddy-Daisy 14
This week: @ Tyner
6. Cleveland (2-1)
Cleveland, like Ooltewah, has all the necessary offensive firepower to be among the top teams in District 5-AAA. That was certainly the case last Friday as the Blue Raiders, led by quarterback Austin Herink, put up 49 points against McMinn County. Herink threw for 203 yards and three touchdown passes, but the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder did even more damage with his feet, finding the end zone four times on the ground. Cleveland hosts Wilson Central on Friday.
Last week: Cleveland 49, McMinn County 7
This week: vs. Wilson Central
7. Notre Dame (2-1)
The Fighting Irish had its best offensive performance of the season a week ago, and did so without its starting quarterback, sophomore Alex Darras. Senior Clay Heltzel filled in for Darras and delivered quite a performance. Heltzel completed 8-of-18 passes for 152 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown pass to teammate Kareem Orr. He also added a 79-yard rushing score for the Fighting Irish, who play at Boyd-Buchanan on Thursday.
Last week: Notre Dame 50, Chattanooga Christian 13
This week: @ Boyd-Buchanan
8. Hixson (2-1)
The Wildcats needed all 48 minutes to take care of Tyner last week, tiring the Rams down before exploding for 20 unanswered points in the game’s final quarter. Running backs Isaiah Robinson and Kedrick Bradley combined for nearly 300 yards on the ground in the 48-35 victory, while the Wildcats’ defense forced four interceptions. Hixson hosts 6A Bradley Central on Friday.
Last week: Hixson 48, Tyner 35
This week: vs. Bradley Central
9. Silverdale (3-0)
The Seahawks haven’t exactly faced a grueling schedule to this point, but they’ve certainly taken care of their business. Through three weeks, Silverdale has outscored its opponents 119-12, and the team’s defense hasn’t surrendered a single point since the final quarter of the team’s 42-12 season-opening win over Lookout Valley. The Seahawks travel to Grundy County on Friday.
Last week: Silverdale 41, Copper Basin 0
This week: @ Grundy County
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.
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