There wasn't any movement in this week's Nooga Nine rankings. Some of the area's top teams won, and some lost. There weren't a lot of surprises, though.
1. East Hamilton (4-0)
It’s not as impressive a win as it might have been in previous years, but East Hamilton’s 42-21 victory over traditional 6A power Riverdale was still a nice feather in the cap for the ‘Canes. Quarterback Hunter Moore threw for 300 yards for the second consecutive week, while the Hurricanes defense continues to impress — one of the Warriors’ three touchdowns came on a third-quarter pick-6. East Hamilton travels to District 5-AAA rival Ooltewah on Friday.
Last week: East Hamilton 42, Riverdale 21
This week: @ Ooltewah
2. McCallie (3-1)
The Blue Tornado suffered its first defeat of the season Friday, losing to the Siegel Stars on a last-second field goal, 34-31. McCallie held a 31-10 advantage late in the third quarter, but was outscored 24-0 in the final 14:05. Running backs Andrew Busby and Paul Silverblatt combined for 291 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, but the team’s passing game was largely ineffective in the narrow defeat. The Blue Tornado hosts Bowling Green (Ky.) on Friday, the two-time defending Kentucky Class 5A state champions
Last week: Siegel 34, McCallie 31
This week: vs. Bowling Green (Ky.)
3. Baylor (3-1)
It was a little closer in the first half than most would’ve thought, but the Red Raiders ended up crushing the visiting Brainerd Panthers on Friday. They played just about every player on their roster in the process, too. Running back George Porter shined early, piling up 140 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 first-half carries, as Baylor’s youngsters took the reigns in the second half. The Red Raiders host Division II-AA foe Pope John Paul II on Friday, and they’ll enjoy a week off the following week before welcoming archrival McCallie on Oct. 4.
Last week: Baylor 58, Brainerd 19
This week: vs. Pope John Paul II
4. Signal Mountain (3-1)
The Eagles have outscored their last two opponents 111-0, rolling to wins at Bledsoe County and Red Bank. Big plays told the tale in last week’s 63-0 win over the Lions, as Signal Mountain ripped off five touchdown runs of 40 of more yards and scored on interception returns of 61 and 22 yards. Signal Mountain returns home Friday for a District 7-AA showdown with Grundy County.
Last week: Signal Mountain 63, Red Bank 0
This week: vs. Grundy County
5. Ooltewah (3-1)
Senior running back Desmond Pittman paced the Owls in last week’s 31-16 victory over Tyner on Friday. The 5-foot-10, 235-pounder piled up 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but quarterback Brody Binder struggled, completing just 4-of-16 pass attempts for 39 yards in the non-district win. That probably needs to be fixed by Friday, when Ooltewah welcomes top-ranked East Hamilton.
Last week: Ooltewah 31, Tyner 16
This week: vs. East Hamilton
6. Cleveland (3-1)
The Blue Raiders notched their third straight victory on Friday, cruising to a 33-13 win over Wilson Central. After falling behind early, Cleveland scored 17 unanswered and headed into the dressing room with a 17-7 advantage. The Wildcats added the opening score of the second half, trimming their deficit to 17-13, but the Blue Raiders buried them in the final 15 minutes of play. Cleveland hosts fellow District 5-AAA school Soddy-Daisy on Friday.
Last week: Cleveland 33, Wilson Central 13
This week: vs. Soddy-Daisy
7. Notre Dame (3-1)
The Fighting Irish rolled to a 26-0 win over Boyd-Buchanan on Thursday, and the team barely had to use standout receiver Kareem Orr. Sure he caught a few passes and added a nice punt return, but most of the squad’s heavy lifting was done by junior running back Auston Banks, who racked up 296 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the lopsided win. Notre Dame resumes District 7-AA play on Friday when it travels to Grundy County.
Last week: Notre Dame 26, Boyd-Buchanan 0
This week: @ Bledsoe County
8. Hixson (2-2)
The Wildcats fell back to .500 on Friday with their 14-13 loss to 6A school Bradley Central. They’ve played a pretty tough schedule thus far, including wins over South Pittsburg (26-6) and Tyner (48-25), but the next couple of weeks features some winnable games for Hixson. The Wildcats appear to be the top team in 6-AA, but they’ll find out for sure in a few weeks as the Wildcats get into their district slate. They travel to Howard on Friday.
Last week: Bradley Central 14, Hixson 13
This week: @ Howard
9. Silverdale (4-0)
Silverdale remained unbeaten Friday, cruising to another crushing victory. The Seahawks have averaged 42 points through their first four games — wins over Lookout Valley, Community, Copper Basin and Grundy County. Their defense has already notched two shutouts, and its allowing less than five points per contest. They’ll be heading out of state Friday to face Hayesville (N.C.) — a squad that dismissed Lookout Valley 47-7 on Aug. 30. This should be the first real test of the season for Silverdale.
Last week: Silverdale 49, Grundy County 7
This week: @ Hayesville (N.C.)
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