No. 1 Ooltewah won its fourth straight, No. 4 McCallie lost for the third week in a row and No. 9 Silverdale just barely remained unbeaten. There wasn't much movement at the top or bottom of the rankings, but there was some shakeup in between.
1. Ooltewah (5-1)
The Owls notched another big victory last week, edging traditional power Dobyns-Bennett 10-3 on Friday at James N. Monroe Stadium. Ooltewah, in the midst of a four-game winning streak, hasn’t lost since its 58-47 setback to Siegel, and its defense has shown quite a bit of improvement since that Aug. 30 offensive shootout — it’s averaging just 14.7 points allowed in their last four contests.
Last week: Ooltewah 10, Dobyns-Bennett 3
This week: vs. Bradley Central
2. East Hamilton (4-1)
The Hurricanes, who haven’t taken the field since their narrow loss to rival Ooltewah two weeks ago, are coming off a much-needed bye week to iron out their many mistakes in the 28-26 setback. East Hamilton is currently third in the District 5-AAA standings, but it has a huge opportunity Friday when it hosts first-place Cleveland.
Last week: BYE
This week: vs. Cleveland
3. Baylor (4-1)
Baylor, which is coming off a bye, has won its last two contests by a combined score of 109-21. Granted, those two victories came against lesser opponents — Brainerd and Pope John Paul II — but the Red Raiders are in a good position as they prepare for arch rival McCallie, which visits Heywood Stadium on Friday.
Last week: BYE
This week: vs. McCallie
4. McCallie (3-3)
Unlike Baylor, the Blue Tornado enters Friday’s rivalry game riding a three-game losing streak. When you consider the competition McCallie’s faced, though, it’s not a huge surprise. After starting off the season with lopsided wins over Cleveland, McMinn County and Pope John Paul II, the Blue Tornado now sits at 3-3 following losses to out-of-town opponents Siegel, Bowling Green (Ky.) and three-time defending state champion Ensworth.
Last week: Ensworth 28, McCallie 14
This week: @ Baylor
5. Signal Mountain (4-2)
The Eagles suffered their second non-league loss of 2013 on Friday, but they’re still in excellent shape in District 7-AA. They’ve outscored their first two district opponents by a combined score of 111-7. Don’t expect as lopsided a score when 7-AA foe Notre Dame visits the mountain Friday, though, in what will likely serve as the de facto district title game.
Last week: Bradley Central 36, Signal Mountain 27
This week: vs. Notre Dame
6. Notre Dame (4-1)
The Fighting Irish, like Signal Mountain, hasn’t encountered much competition since its season-opening loss to Knoxville Catholic. Since that early setback, Notre Dame has cruised to four straight wins by an average of 28.2 points. The Irish’s bye week couldn’t have come at a better time, either, as it prepares for the trip to Signal Mountain.
Last week: BYE
This week: @ Signal Mountain
7. Cleveland (4-2)
The Blue Raiders’s four-game winning streak was snapped last Friday in Knoxville, suffering a 35-25 setback to the 4-1 West Rebels. Quarterback Austin Herink threw for 258 yards, but Cleveland’s halftime deficit was simply too much to overcome. The Blue Raiders, currently ranked atop the District 5-AAA standings, travel to East Hamilton on Friday.
Last week: Knoxville-West 35, Cleveland 25
This week: @ East Hamilton
8. Hixson (4-2)
The Wildcats encountered some trouble early on, including losses to Soddy-Daisy (25-7) and Bradley Central (14-13), but they appear ready for their upcoming District 6-AA push. The 1-2 punch of Isaiah Robinson and Kedrick Bradley has been stellar for thus far, and it doesn’t look like any of its four remaining opponents — East Ridge, Red Bank, Central and Brainerd — will have an answer for Hixson’s lethal combination in the backfield.
Last week: Hixson 21, Livingston Academy 7
This week: vs. East Ridge
9. Silverdale (6-0)
It was by far their closest call of the season, but the Seahawks managed to stay unbeaten Friday by holding off Sweetwater. Everyone knew Silverdale possessed a dangerous offense, but the thing that stood out in last week’s win was the squad’s defense. Senior Lincoln Phillips recorded four sacks, while junior Jordan Delaschmitt finished with a pair of interceptions in the 24-21 victory.
Last week: Silverdale 24, Sweetwater 21
This week: @ Chattanooga Christian
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