The top three spots now belong to District 5-AAA squads Ooltewah, East Hamilton and Cleveland, as No. 4 Baylor suffered its second straight lopsided loss Friday.
1. Ooltewah (7-1)
Ooltewah has had an extra week to prepare for Friday’s District 5-AAA showdown against second-place Cleveland. The Owls, the only unbeaten team in league play, enters the game riding a six-game winning streak, which includes victories over 5-AAA foes East Hamilton (28-26) and Bradley Central (28-26). A win over the Blue Raiders would likely mean a district title for Ooltewah and first-year head coach Mac Bryan.
Last week: BYE
This week: @ Cleveland
2. East Hamilton (7-1)
The Hurricanes had little to no trouble with struggling Soddy-Daisy on Friday, cruising to a 38-7 road win over the Trojans. Senior quarterback Hunter Moore hooked up with receiver Tony Francois on two long touchdown passes in the lopsided victory, while junior running back Matt Milita piled up 95 yards on the ground. East Hamilton, tied for second in the 5-AAA standings, will take on non-district foe Rhea County on Friday.
Last week: East Hamilton 38, Soddy-Daisy 7
This week: @ Rhea County
3. Cleveland (6-3)
The Blue Raiders came up a point shy of upsetting East Hamilton three weeks ago, but they’ve moved past that 21-20 setback to the Hurricanes with back-to-back District 5-AAA wins. Cleveland showcased a powerful running game in its 21-20 win over Bradley Central, and quarterback Austin Herink was in top form in Friday’s 48-14 throttling of Walker Valley. This week’s game against Ooltewah will be one of the Blue Raiders’ biggest tests thus far, though.
Last week: Cleveland 48, Walker Valley 14
This week: vs. Ooltewah
4. Baylor (5-3)
The Red Raiders have finally hit the meat of their 2013 schedule, and so far, they haven’t responded well. Baylor was crushed by visiting Oakland two weeks ago, and head coach Phil Massey’s squad didn’t have a whole lot of success Friday at Brentwood Academy. It doesn’t get any easier for the Red Raiders this week, as they play host to three-time defending state champions Ensworth.
Last week: Brentwood Academy 36, Baylor 10
This week: vs. Ensworth
5. Signal Mountain (6-2)
The Eagles continued their march towards a District 7-AA title on Friday by dismantling visiting Chattanooga Christian 67-13. Senior fullback James McLellan found the end zone four times in the one-sided win, piling up 189 yards in the process. Signal Mountain takes a break from its district schedule on Friday, though, as it travels to unbeaten Greeneville.
Last week: Signal Mountain 67, Chattanooga Christian 13
This week: Greeneville
6. Hixson (6-2)
The Wildcats control their own destiny at this point. After rolling to a 23-0 win over rival Red Bank on Friday, Hixson is just two wins away from securing the District 6-AA title. Both of them will be on the road, too, and neither one will be gimmes. Chattanooga Central is coming off a 44-16 win at Howard, while Brainerd has won two of its last three.
Last week: Hixson 23, Red Bank 0
This week: @ Chattanooga Central
7. Notre Dame (5-3)
The Fighting Irish ended its two-game losing streak on Friday, rolling to a 34-0 win over District 7-AA foe Sequatchie County. Junior wide receiver Kareem Orr hauled in a pair of long touchdown passes from sophomore Alex Darras, while running backs Auston Banks and Ricky Ballard combined for four rushing scores in the victory.
Last week: Notre Dame 34, Sequatchie County 0
This week: vs. Coalfield
8. Silverdale (8-0)
The Seahawks appear head and shoulders above everyone else in District 5-A, and they reinforced that belief last week, cruising to lopsided win over visiting Grace Baptist Academy 42-7. Next week’s opponent, Bledsoe County, probably won’t provide much of a challenge, but Silverdale’s regular-season finale against Boyd-Buchanan is most likely circled on both teams’ schedules.
Last week: Silverdale 42, Grace Baptist 7
This week: Bledsoe County
9. South Pittsburg (7-1)
South Pittsburg hasn’t lost since its Week 1 setback to Hixson. Since that 29-6 defeat in late August, the Pirates have outscored their six opponents 319-42. They’re averaging over 50 points per contest, while limiting their opponents to just seven. Senior running back Jujuan Lankford scored five touchdowns on just seven carries in South Pitt’s 76-0 win over Lookout Valley on Friday, and finished with 148 yards on the ground.
Last week: South Pittsburg 76, Lookout Valley 0
This week: Polk County
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