East Hamilton moved up a couple of spots with its impressive win over Bradley Central in its regular-season finale, while a couple of surprising losses also shook up the rankings a bit.
1. East Hamilton (8-2, 5-1 District 5-AAA)
The Hurricanes reclaimed the top spot in the rankings after dominating District 5-AAA foe Bradley Central in both teams’ regular-season finale, cruising to a 41-11 win victory over the visiting Bears. Senior quarterback Hunter Moore threw for 213 yards and three TD passes in the win — all three of which went to classmate Tony Francois, who finished with 181 yards receiving. East Hamilton, which secured a share of the 5-AAA title last week, hosts Oak Ridge (7-3) in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday.
Last Week: East Hamilton 41, Bradley Central 11
This Week: vs. Oak Ridge
2. Cleveland (7-3, 5-1 District 5-AAA)
While the rest of its district was fighting for playoff positioning on Friday, Cleveland enjoyed a week off. The red-hot Blue Raiders, led by senior QB Austin Herink and a strong cast of supporting skill players, earned a piece of the District 5-AAA crown by beating Bradley Central (21-20), Walker Valley (48-14) and Ooltewah (26-21) in their final three regular season games. They did receive a pretty tough playoff draw, though. They’ll hit the road in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs to face White County (7-3), which is also riding a three-game winning streak.
Last Week: BYE
This Week: @ White County
3. Ooltewah (8-2, 5-1 District 5-AAA)
The Owls also clinched a share of the 5-AAA title on Friday, escaping with a 36-35 victory at McMinn County. Ooltewah was playing without senior running back Desmond Pittman, who has reportedly quit the team, but the Owls got plenty of contributions elsewhere. Senior QB Brody Binder totaled 232 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, while sophomore safety Rashaun Freeman provided a pair of defensive TDs in the narrow victory. Ooltewah will host Stone Memorial (6-4) in its Class 5A playoff opener.
Last Week: Ooltewah 36, McMinn County 35
This Week: vs. Stone Memorial
4. Signal Mountain (7-3, 5-0 District 7-AA)
The Eagles closed out the regular season with a 41-9 throttling of Sequatchie County, clinching the District 7-AA title in the process. Signal Mountain’s powerful rushing attack was in full effect Friday. Led by fullback James McLellan’s 181-yard, two-TD performance, the team piled up nearly 400 yards in the lopsided victory. The Eagles host Marshall County (4-6) in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs on Friday.
Last Week: Signal Mountain 41, Sequatchie County 9
This Week: vs. Marshall County
5. Baylor (6-4, 3-3 DII-AA)
It took until the final week of the regular season, but the Red Raiders secured a winning season with their 14-10 victory over Division II-AA foe Father Ryan. Senior running back George Porter ran for 152 yards in the defensive struggle, but it was QB Nick Tiano who was responsible for both scores. Baylor, which finished fourth in the region standings, hosts Pope John Paul II (4-6) on Friday in its DII-AA playoff opener.
Last Week: Baylor 14, Father Ryan 10
This Week: vs. Pope John Paul II
6. Notre Dame (7-3, 4-1 District 7-AA)
Notre Dame cruised to a 41-0 win over Grundy County on Friday, meaning a second-placed finish in District 7-AA for the Fighting Irish. Junior RB Auston Banks ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns for Notre Dame, which hosts Cascade (7-3) on Friday in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs
Last Week: Notre Dame 41, Grundy County 0
This Week: vs. Cascade
7. Hixson (7-3, 5-1 District 6-AA)
The Wildcats suffered a surprising loss to 6-AA foe Brainerd on Friday, but they still earned the district title with a 5-1 record in league play. Hixson will play in one of the area’s most intriguing first-round playoff games Friday, playing host to East Ridge (5-5). The Wildcats won the two teams’ Oct. 4 matchup 19-14, but the Pioneers have won two of their last three.
Last Week: Brainerd 14, Hixson 12
This Week: vs. East Ridge
8. South Pittsburg (9-1, 4-0 District 6-A)
First-year head coach Tim Moore and the Pirates won their third straight District 6-A title last week, winning on the road at rival Marion County, 35-17. Senior running back JaJuan Lankford ran for 220 yards and two scores in the win for South Pitt, the state’s top-ranked Class 1A school. The Pirates, who’ve earned a first-round bye in the 1A playoffs, will play either Moore County or Harriman on Nov. 15.
Last Week: South Pittsburg 35, Marion County 17
This Week: BYE
9. Silverdale (9-1, 2-1 District 5A)
It was an extremely disappointing end to what could have been a perfect regular season for the Seahawks, who suffered a one-point overtime setback at 5-A foe Boyd-Buchanan on Friday. It was a crushing defeat for a squad that had defeated its first nine opponents by a combined score of 323 to 60. Silverdale, which finished second in District 5-A, welcomes Rockwood (7-3) on Friday for its Class 2A playoff opener.
Last Week: Boyd-Buchanan 22, Silverdale 21
This Week: Rockwood
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