Cleveland was the only top 5 team to win on Friday as Ooltewah, East Hamilton, Signal Mountain and Baylor all suffered defeats.
1. Cleveland (7-3, 5-1 District 5-AAA)
The Blue Raiders concluded their regular season on Friday, clinching at least a share of the District 5-AAA title with their 26-21 win over Ooltewah. Austin Herink threw for 212 yards and two scores, and Cleveland’s defense came up with a crucial stop late to seal the narrow victory. The Blue Raiders can secure the league’s top playoff spot with a Bradley Central win at East Hamilton on Friday.
Last week: Cleveland 26, Ootlewah 21
This week: BYE
2. Ooltewah (7-2, 4-1 District 5-AAA)
The Owls suffered their first District 5-AAA loss of the season Friday, coming up a couple yards short in their 26-21 defeat at Cleveland. Senior running back Desmond Pittman made his long-awaited return, running for 89 yards and two scores, but the Blue Raiders did a nice job limiting his production in the second half. Ooltewah, currently second in the league standings, travels to McMinn County on Friday for its regular-season finale.
Last week: Cleveland 26, Ooltewah 21
This week: @ McMinn County
3. East Hamilton (7-2, 4-1 District 5-AAA)
The Hurricanes’ three-game winning streak was snapped on Friday, as they fell 27-24 to 6-AAA school Rhea County. Fortunately for them, they’re still in the running for a share of the District 5-AAA title, but the ‘Canes will have to beat a pesky Bradley Central squad Friday to make that happen. The Bears, who are coming off a 36-7 throttling of Soddy-Daisy, have already dropped road contests to Ooltewah and Cleveland, but both of those defeats came by a combined three points.
Last week: Rhea County 27, East Hamilton 24
This week: vs. Bradley Central
4. Signal Mountain (6-3, 4-0 District 7-AA)
Senior fullback James McClellan’ star-worthy performance wasn’t enough for the Eagles on Friday, as they were thumped at unbeaten Greeneville, 47-20. McClellan ran for 191 yards and a touchdown in the lopsided loss, but Signal Mountain’s defense was no match for the Greene Devils’ offense, which is averaging 53.4 points per contest this season. The Eagles can secure the District 7-AA with a win at Sequatchie County this week.
Last week: Greeneville 47, Signal Mountain 20
This week: @ Sequatchie County
5. Baylor (5-4, 2-3 DII-AA)
The Red Raiders dropped their third straight Friday, suffering a 16-9 home setback to three-time defending state champpion Ensworth. Standout kicker Rafael Gaglionone connected on three long field goals, but Baylor failed to find the end zone in its seven-point loss to the unbeaten Tigers. The Red Raiders travel to Nashville on Friday to face Father Ryan for their regular-season finale. The Irish cruised to a 34-18 win at McCallie last week.
Last week: Ensworth 16, Baylor 9
This week: @ Father Ryan
6. Hixson (7-2, 5-0 District 6-AA)
The Wildcats have been far from dominant in District 6-AA this season. They are, however, one win away from an unbeaten league record. Hixson held on to defeat Chattanooga Central, 20-12, on the road Friday, and now Brainerd is the only team standing in the way of a perfect 6-0 district mark. The Panthers have won two of their last three, but were blasted by Tyner 48-12 a week ago.
Last week: Hixson 20, Chattanooga Central 12
This week: @ Brainerd
7. Notre Dame (6-3, 3-1 District 7-AA)
The Fighting Irish picked up a big non-district win Friday, escaping with a 21-14 victory over Coalfield on Alex Darras’ fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Anthony Flemister. Notre Dame, currently second in the District 7-AA standings, visits league foe Grundy County for its regular-season finale on Friday.
Last week: Notre Dame 21, Coalfield 14
This week: @ Grundy County
8. Silverdale (9-0, 2-0 District 5-A)
Like Hixson, Silverdale is a single win away from perfection. Unlike the Wildcats, though, the Seahawks have dominated. They haven’t even been tested since their 24-21 win over Sweetwater on Sept. 27, outscoring their last three opponents (CCS, Grace and Bledsoe County) 125-20. District 5-A rival Boyd-Buchanan is the only team standing in Silverdale’s way. A win over the Seahawks, though improbable, would most likely make the Buccaneers’ disappointing season sting a little less.
Last week: Silverdale 28, Bledsoe County 0
This week: @ Boyd-Buchanan
9. South Pittsburg (8-1, 3-0 District 6-A)
The Pirates extended their winning streak to seven games on Friday, escaping with a 30-24 win over a two-loss Polk County squad. South Pittsburg’s regular season boils down to one game, though — this week’s trip to Marion County. The Class 2A Warriors, who haven’t been beaten since their Sept. 13 setback to Chattanooga Central, are currently tied with South Pitt atop the 6-A standings. Whichever team wins Friday will win the district title.
Last week: South Pittsburg 30, Polk County 24
This week: @ Marion County
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