Silverdale continued its upward trend, moving into the No. 4 spot after the Seahawks’ lopsided road win over Hampton. Ooltewah, Notre Dame and South Pittsburg each moved up one spot as well with Signal Mountain and Bradley Central both suffering first-round losses.
- 1. East Hamilton (10-1)
The Hurricanes cruised to a 38-0 first-round victory over Marshall County last week – East Hamilton’s first playoff victory in school history – and they’ll host the Page Patriots in Friday’s second-round contest. Senior running back Logan Jackson suffered a knee injury is last week’s lopsided win, but senior Lamond Greer and sophomore Matt Malita picked up the slack. Jackson racked up 96 yards in the first half, while Greer and Milita combined for more than 150 yards on the ground.
Last week: East Hamilton 38, Marshall County 0
This week: Page
- 2. Baylor (8-3)
Red Raiders head coach Phil Massey was delighted with his team’s fast start last week as Baylor built a 35-0 first-quarter lead over visiting Battle Ground Academy in their first-round game. The Wildcats kept playing until the final whistle, eventually trimming their deficit to 49-35, but the outcome was never in doubt. Baylor will travel to Memphis University School on Friday to face the Owls, the No. 1 seed from the DII-AA West Region. MUS cruised to a 42-24 win over Briarcrest last week.
Last week: Baylor 49, Battle Ground Academy 35
This week: at Memphis University School
- 3. Boyd-Buchanan (10-1)
The Buccaneers captured a first-round victory over Rockwood last week, but their 27-19 win was their second-smallest margin of victory all season. Boyd-Buchanan received a big performance from senior running back Rance Harden, who ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. The Bucs will travel to Oneida on Friday to face the No. 2 Indians, who are fresh off a first-round bye. Oneida hasn’t lost since its 26-7 setback to Greenback on Aug. 17.
This week: Boyd-Buchanan 27, Rockwood 19
This week: at Oneida
- 4. Silverdale (10-1)
The Seahawks’ first-round opponent, Hampton, carried a nine-game winning streak into last week’s game. Silverdale put an end to that, and it did so in decisive fashion. The Seahawks throttled the Bulldogs 41-8, but they’ll face an even tougher test Friday as they travel to No. 1 Grace Christian. The Rams, whose only loss this season was a 27-19 defeat at Christian Academy of Knoxville on Sept. 6, have strung together six straight wins, including a 47-27 victory at South Pittsburg two weeks ago.
Last week: Silverdale 41, Hampton 8
This week: at Knoxville Grace
- 5. Ooltewah (8-3)
The Owls extended their current winning streak to six games with last week’s 19-point, first-round victory over Anderson County. The Mavericks’ 28 points were the most Ooltewah had allowed since Sept. 21, but it still escaped with a comfortable victory. Ooltewah will travel to Lenoir City on Friday to face the No. 2 Panthers, who cruised to a 44-16 win over Walker Valley last week.
Last week: Ooltewah 47, Anderson County 28
This week: at Lenoir City
- 6. Notre Dame (9-2)
The Fighting Irish brought an end to Hixson’s surprising season last week, rolling to a 31-6 home win. Notre Dame will hit the road Friday for the first time in three weeks when they travel to No. 1 Giles County, one of 13 unbeaten teams in the state. The Bobcats’s offense has averaged nearly 50 points per game this season, and their defense has been just as impressive (7.4 ppg).
Last week: Notre Dame 31, Hixson 6
This week: at Giles County
- 7. South Pittsburg (8-3)
The Pirates entered the playoffs without much momentum, losing two of their final three regular-season games. You couldn’t tell by the final score in their first-round win over Columbia Academy as South Pittsburg throttled the Bulldogs by 55 points. The Pirates’ offense, which had struggled towards the end of the regular season, exploded last week with a season-high 76 points. They might need every bit of that when they travel to No. 2 Gordonsville on Friday. The Tigers have scored more than 55 points in each of their last two games, and they haven’t been held to less than 35 points in nearly two months.
Last week: South Pittsburg 76, Columbia Academy 21
This week: at Gordonsville
- 8. Signal Mountain (7-4)
The Eagles started the season with the highest of hopes, but 2012 didn’t turn out the way they had planned. Following its 1-3 start, Signal Mountain seemed to have found its groove. The Eagles had won six straight and had scored 61 points in each of its final two regular-season games. All that momentum didn’t translate to the field last week, though, as Signal Mountain fell to Page 42-41 in the first round.
Last week: Page 42, Signal Mountain 41
9. Bradley Central (6-4)
The Bears concluded their 2012 season with consecutive losses to District 5-AAA foe McMinn County. The Cherokees defeated Bradley Central 34-29 in their regular-season finale two weeks ago, and they cruised to a 42-22 first-round victory last week.
Last week: McMinn County 42, Bradley Central 22