Bradley Central dropped out of the rankings after its loss to Ooltewah, while the Owls returned to the list at No. 8. Signal Mountain continued its ascent in the rankings by capturing its fourth straight win, and McCallie made its return as well.
1. East Hamilton (6-1)
The Hurricanes made a strong statement with last week’s convincing victory over Hixson. The Wildcats, who had won three of four heading into Friday’s game at East Hamilton, crossed the 50-yard-line only once in the 49-0 rout, while Hurricanes running back Logan Jackson ran for 155 yards and four touchdowns in about two and a half quarters of work.
Last week: East Hamilton 49, Hixson 0
This week: Tyner
2. Boyd-Buchanan (7-0)
The Buccaneers did just what was expected last week in their 53-0 win over Unaka. Their perfect 7-0 record will be put to the test Friday, though, when they travel to South Pittsburg to face the No. 4 Pirates. Junior quarterback/safety Jim Cardwell had scored four touchdowns in the lopsided victory, including an interception returned for a score.
Last week: Boyd-Buchanan 53, Unaka 0
This week: at South Pittsburg
3. Baylor (4-3)
The Red Raiders head to the mid-state area this week for a road game against Columbia Central. Baylor is in dire need of a win after losing three of its last four. The Red Raiders have dropped games to the top three teams in DII-AA East/Middle Region – Montgomery Bell Academy, Ensworth and Brentwood Academy. Baylor will be favored in its final two games, at Pope John Paul II and Battle Ground Academy, but Friday’s game against the 6-1 Lions will be a challenge.
Last week: Off
This week: at Columbia Central
4. South Pittsburg (6-1)
The Pirates earned a forfeit victory last week over Arlington Christian (Ga.), but South Pittsburg will have to play four quarters of football this week to score a win. The Pirates, who have put up at least 49 points in each game this season, collide with Boyd-Buchanan, whose defense has allowed just 48 points all season.
Last week: South Pittsburg, Arlington Christain (forfeit)
This week: Boyd-Buchanan
5. Signal Mountain (5-3)
The Eagles made their return to the rankings last week, and they shot up to No. 5 with their come-from-behind victory over Polk County. Signal Mountain faced an 11-point deficit at the break but scored 17 unanswered in the second half behind a big performance by quarterback Reese Phillips. Phillips threw for 256 yards and a touchdown, and the 6-2, 220-pound senior finished with two scores on the ground as well.
Last week: Signal Mountain 28, Polk County 18
This week: at Chattanooga Christian
6. Silverdale (7-1)
The Seahawks’ offense had another huge night in their fifth straight victory, a 37-13 win over Chattanooga Christian. Junior running back Matt McCulley ran for nearly 200 yards for the second consecutive week, finishing with 184 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Spencer Mossburg accounted for three Seahawks scores.
Last week: Silverdale 37, Chattanooga Christian 13
This week: Lookout Valley
7. Cleveland (4-3)
The Blue Raiders didn’t get the outcome they wanted against McMinn Central last week. Its four-game winning streak was snapped in the loss to the district-leading Cherokees, but Cleveland is still in a two-way tie for second in District 5-AAA. The Blue Raiders face struggling Soddy-Daisy on Friday, and the following week they’ll take on Bradley Central, which is tied with Cleveland in the standings.
Last week: McMinn County 26, Cleveland 21
This week: Soddy-Daisy
8. Ooltewah (5-3)
The Owls captured a huge win at Bradley Central on Friday to get back to .500 in District 5-AAA, and the two games remaining on their regular-season schedule are winnable. The Owls, the only team to defeat East Hamilton this season, lost three straight after their win over the Hurricanes but have since won three straight.
Last week: Ooltewah 34, Bradley Central 23
This week: at Rhea County
9. McCallie (3-3)
The Blue Tornado is coming off a bye, but it snuck into the rankings with Hixson’s loss at East Hamilton. McCallie, 2-2 in the DII-AA East/Middle Region, travels to Pope John Paul II on Friday, and the Blue Tornado round out its regular-season schedule with tough tests against No. 3 Montgomery Bell Academy and No. 2 Brentwood Academy.
Last week: Off
This week: at Pope John Paul II