Updated TSSAA state football playoff schedule

Friday’s Games
Semifinals
All games 7 p.m. local time
Class 6A
Maryville at Oakland
Ravenwood at Whitehaven
Class 5A
West at Rhea County
Hillsboro at Ridgeway
Class 4A
Fulton at Loudon
Pearl Cohn at Trezevant
Class 3A
Alcoa at Notre Dame
CPA at Milan
Class 2A
Grace Christian at Marion County
Adamsville at Peabody
Class 1A
Coalfield at Monterey
Nashville Christian at Union City
Championship
Dec. 4
At Cookeville
Webb vs. Battle Ground Academy

TSSAA to announce Mr. Football finalists on Wednesday

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association will announce finalists for the 2014 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards on Wednesday, according to a TSSAA release.

The finalists will include the top three backs and lineman in each of the TSSAA’s five classifications. Winners will be selected at a luncheon in Murfreesboro on Dec. 1.

Only three total kickers will be named Mr. Football finalists.

The finalists were chosen by a committee of statewide sports writers based on performances in the 2014 regular season. Academics and character of each athlete was also taken into consideration.

High school head coaches and media members nominated the finalists.

Final AP high school football poll released

The Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee’s six Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. With first-place votes in parentheses, records through November 3, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:

Class 6A

Rank. Team                              Record  Pts Prv

  1. Maryville (16)                       10-0    160    1
  2. Whitehaven                         10-0    138     3
  3. Blackman                               9-1     127    2
  4. Oakland                                  9-1     111   4
  5. Ravenwood                          10-0    100    5
  6. Science Hill                             9-1     82     6
  7. Hendersonville                      9-1     65     7
  8. Riverdale                                8-2     47     9
  9. Dobyns-Bennett                   8-2     22     8
  10. Houston                                 9-1     21    NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 5A

Rank. Team                                  Record  Pts Prv

  1. Knoxville West (12)                  9-1     147   1
  2. Ridgeway                                   9-1     130   2
  3. Ooltewah (3)                            10-0    121   3
  4. Hillsboro                                   10-0    111   4
  5. South Doyle (1)                        10-0    94     5
  6. Rhea County                             10-0    84     6
  7. Oak Ridge                                  10-0    76     7
  8. Henry County                            8-2     57      8(tie)
  9. Memphis East                            7-3     34     10
  10. Anderson County                      8-2     16     8(tie)

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 4A

Rank. Team                                     Record  Pts Prv

  1. Knoxville Fulton (16)                10-0    160    1
  2. Crockett County                       10-0    127    3
  3. Knoxville Catholic                      9-1     125    2
  4. Greeneville                                 9-1     113    4
  5. Trezevant                                    9-1     86      5
  6. Liberty Magnet                           8-2     73      6
  7. Sullivan South                             9-1     61      7
  8. Pearl-Cohn                                  8-2     40      8
  9. Jackson North Side                    9-1     30      9
  10. Loudon                                       10-0    14     NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Marshall County 12. 11, Signal Mountain 12.

Class 3A

Rank. Team                           Record  Pts Prv

  1. Alcoa (13)                           9-1     147   1
  2. CPA (2)                              10-0    137    2
  3. Notre Dame                       9-1     119   3
  4. Camden                              8-2     93     7
  5. McMinn Central                 8-2     80     8
  6. White House-Heritage      9-1     74     9
  7. Westview                             8-2     48     4
  8. Waverly                                8-2     37     5
  9. Westmoreland                    8-2     25    NR
  10. Lipscomb Academy            7-3     21    NR
    (tie) East Nashville              8-2     21     NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 2A

Rank. Team                                           Record  Pts Prv

  1. Trinity Christian Academy (13)       9-1     148   1
  2. Adamsville                                         9-1     124   2
  3. Marion County (1)                             9-1     119   3
  4. Oneida                                                9-1     103   4
  5. Peabody                                             8-2     83      6
  6. Hampton (1)                                       9-1     75     7
  7. Forrest                                                7-3     50      9
  8. Middle Tennessee Christian           9-1     49      8
  9. Grace Christian                                 7-3     29      5
  10. Huntingdon                                        6-4     16    10

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, McKenzie 13. 12, Trousdale County 12.

Class 1A

Rank. Team                                           Record  Pts Prv

  1. Union City (13)                                10-0    148    1
  2. Nashville Christian School (2)       10-0    137    2
  3. Columbia Academy                        10-0    120    3
  4. Wayne County                                   8-2     101   4
  5. Greenback                                          8-2     91     6
  6. Huntland                                             8-2     57     5
  7. Coalfield                                              6-4     54    10
  8. Cloudland                                            8-2     53     7
  9. Clarksville Academy                           7-3     26     8
  10. Monterey                                             7-3     23    NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Division II

Rank. Team                              Record  Pts Prv

  1. Ensworth (14)                        8-1     140    2
  2. Brentwood Academy           8-2     121    1
  3. MBA                                        8-2     116    4
  4. McCallie                                 8-2     81       3
  5. Knoxville Webb                    6-3     73       5
  6. Baylor                                    6-4     68       7
  7. BGA                                        8-2     57       6
  8. MUS                                       7-3     45       8
  9. ECS                                         8-2     34       9
  10. Friendship Christian            9-1     20      10(tie)

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

George Quarles on staying in 6A: ‘We have no idea what we’re going to do’

Time is running out for Maryville High School to decide whether or not to keep its football program in Class 6A next season.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association released its classification projections for the 2015-16 football season last Tuesday. Maryville, the reignging Class 6A champion, was slotted for 5A, and has until Wendesday to make a request to the TSSAA to move up.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Maryville coach George Quarles said Tuesday night. “People ask us one minute, we’re going to stay in 5A. The next day, we’re going to be in 6A.

“I know a lot of teams are waiting to see what we’re doing.”

The TSSAA will release an updated classifcation outlook following Wednesday’s deadline. Quarles said last week that moving to Class 6A was once the only option for Maryville.

But last week’s projections, which were based on enrollment and included a revamped 32-team Class 6A, listed only four teams from the Knoxville area in the largest class (Jefferson County, Hardin Valley, Bearden and William Blount).

That means if Maryville makes the jump, it will likely have to travel to Kingsport and Cookeville within its new region. That means increased travel, which leads to a budget strain.

“We’ll sit down tomorrow and talk and weigh the pros and cons,” Quarles said. “Clearly the con is the travel if we move up. The pro is if we go to 6A, it’s the best competition and the biggest schools. And I can make an argument for the 5A schools. Plus, there’s uncertainty on the regions in 5A.”

The TSSAA won’t release a region breakdown until after classifications are set. In Class 6A, region outlines have already been identified to some extent. There will be four regions across the state with eight teams in each.

In Classes 1A-5A, deciphering region alignments becomes far more tedious.

There will be eight regions, but since the number of schools in each class varies, there could be some regions with six teams, others with seven or eight and potentially some with five.

“I think if they said, ‘This will be the teams,’ it would be easier,” Quarles said.

A smaller region would require more non-region scheduling, which has been tedious for powerhouses like Maryville and Alcoa under the current format.

It should be easier under the new structure next year, though, when region win-loss records determine playoff berths in the six classifications. Currently, teams are divided into three classes during the regular season, then expanded to six in the playoffs.

That means playing a team like Alcoa or Maryville out of region won’t affect a school’s playoff hopes in 2015-16.

AP high school football polls — Week 6

The Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee’s six Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. With first-place votes in parentheses, records through October 6, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:

Class 6A

Record Pts Prv
1. Maryville (15) 6-0 159 1
2. Blackman (1) 7-0 144 2
3. Whitehaven 6-0 123 3
4. Oakland 5-1 109 4
5. Ravenwood 6-0 94 5
6. Riverdale 6-1 66 6
(tie) Science Hill 5-1 66 7
8. Hendersonville 6-1 50 8
9. Kingsport Dobyns Bennett 6-1 33 9
10. Houston 7-0 14 NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 5A

Record Pts Prv
1. Knoxville West (13) 5-1 144 1
2. Memphis East 6-1 124 2
3. Anderson County (1) 7-0 107 3
4. Ridgeway 5-1 98 4(tie)
5. Ooltewah (1) 7-0 92 4(tie)
6. Hillsboro 7-0 80 6
7. South Doyle 6-0 54 7
8. Henry County 5-2 46 8
9. Rhea County 6-0 41 10
10. Oak Ridge 6-0 24 NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 4A

Record Pts Prv
1. Knoxville Fulton (15) 7-0 150 1
2. Knoxville Catholic 6-0 135 2
3. Crockett County 6-0 105 4
4. Greeneville 5-1 93 5
5. Pearl-Cohn 6-1 66 6
6. Trezevant 6-1 64 7
7. Jackson North Side 7-0 48 10
8. Signal Mountain 6-1 42 3
9. Liberty Magnet 5-2 35 8
10. Sullivan South 5-1 30 9

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Elizabethton 18. 12, Marshall County 13.

Class 3A

Record Pts Prv
1. Alcoa (13) 6-1 139 1
2. CPA (1) 7-0 124 2
3. East Nashville 7-0 107 3
4. Notre Dame 5-1 85 5
5. Camden 6-1 81 6
6. McMinn Central 7-0 71 7
7. CAK 4-2 52 8
8. Westview 5-1 47 4
9. Waverly 6-0 42 10
10. Hickman County 5-1 7 9

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 2A

Record Pts Prv
1. Trinity Christian Academy (12) 6-1 136 1
2. Adamsville 6-1 121 2
3. Peabody 5-1 98 3
4. Marion County 6-1 87 4
5. Huntingdon 5-2 72 5
6. Oneida 5-1 67 7
7. Grace Christian 5-2 60 6
8. Middle Tennessee Christian (1) 7-0 56 9
9. Hampton (1) 5-1 42 8
10. Mitchell 3-3 8 NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Class 1A

Record Pts Prv
1. Union City (14) 6-0 140 1
2. Nashville Christian School 7-0 123 2
3. Cloudland 6-0 104 3
4. Wayne County 6-1 92 4
5. Columbia Academy 6-0 89 5
6. Greenback 5-1 69 6
7. Coalfield 4-2 59 7
8. South Pittsburg 3-3 32 8
9. Copper Basin 4-2 21 10
10. Huntland 5-1 12 NR

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

Division II

Record Pts Prv
1. McCallie (13) 7-0 130 1
2. Ensworth 5-1 112 3
3. Brentwood Academy 6-1 95 5
4. Baylor 5-1 94 2
5. MBA 5-2 85 4
6. Knoxville Webb 3-2 53 6
7. ECS 6-1 46 8
8. BGA 6-1 34 9
9. Father Ryan 4-2 24 10
10. MUS 4-3 13 7

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

All Associated Press members in Tennessee are eligible to participate in the high school football poll. Those who voted for this week’s poll are: Chattanooga Times Free Press; Cleveland Daily Banner; Cookeville Herald-Citizen; State Gazette (Dyersburg); Elizabethton Star; The Jackson Sun; Johnson City Press; Kingsport Times-News; Marshall County Tribune (Lewisburg); The Tomahawk, Mountain City; The Commercial Appeal (Memphis); The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro; The Mountain Press (Sevierville); Union City Daily Messenger; WKFN, Clarksville; WCMT, Martin.

 

Week 6: How the top 10 fared in each class

How the top 10 in each TSSAA high school football classification fared in Week 6. Lists compiled by The Associated Press.

Class 6A

  1. Maryville (6-0) beat Heritage 45-14.
  2. Blackman (7-0) beat LaVergne 42-17.
  3. Whitehaven (6-0) idle.
  4. Oakland (5-1) idle.
  5. Ravenwood (6-0) beat Centennial 24-0.
  6. Riverdale (6-1) beat Stewarts Creek 44-14.
  7. Science Hill (5-1) beat Tennessee 35-29.
  8. Hendersonville (6-1) beat Portland 48-8.
  9. Kingsport Dobyns Bennett (6-1) beat Daniel Boone 44-13.
  10. Cookeville (6-1) lost to Rhea County 28-27.

Class 5A

1. West (5-1) beat Bearden 54-19.
2. Memphis East (6-0) idle.
3. Anderson County (7-0) beat Central 59-35.
T-4. Ridgeway (5-1) beat Germantown 51-7.
T-4. Ooltewah (7-0) beat Bradley Central 38-0.
6. Hillsboro (7-0) beat Antioch 27-0.
7. South-Doyle (6-0) beat Antioch 47-6.
8. Henry County (5-2) beat Springfield 21-20.
9. Campbell County (5-2) lost to Oak Ridge 24-8.
10. Rhea County (6-0) beat Cookeville 28-27.

Class 4A

  1. Knoxville Fulton (7-0) beat Pigeon Forge 55-6.
  2. Knoxville Catholic (6-0) beat Kingston 49-14.
  3. Signal Mountain (6-1) lost to Notre Dame 35-3.
  4. Crockett County (6-0) beat Obion County 48-16.
  5. Greeneville (5-1) beat Grainger 48-0.
  6. Pearl-Cohn (6-1) beat Whites Creek 61-6.
  7. Trezevant (6-1) beat Craigmont 39-0.
  8. Liberty Magnet (5-2) beat Covington 35-12.
  9. Sullivan South (5-1) idle.
  10. Jackson North Side (7-0) beat Jackson Central-Merry 37-14.

Class 3A

  1. Alcoa (6-1) beat Scott County 48-7.
  2. CPA (7-0) beat Spring Hill 47-21.
  3. East Nashville (7-0) beat Maplewood 36-7.
  4. Westview (5-1) lost to Dyersburg 38-26.
  5. Notre Dame (5-1) beat Signal Mountain 35-3.
  6. Camden (6-1) beat Hickman County 34-13.
  7. McMinn Central (7-0) beat Sweetwater 41-14.
  8. CAK (4-2) idle.
  9. Hickman County (5-1) lost to Camden Central 34-13.
  10. Waverly (6-0) beat East Hickman 56-20.

Class 2A

  1. Trinity Christian Academy (6-1) beat Jackson Christian 42-13.
  2. Adamsville (6-1) beat Middleton 70-8.
  3. Peabody (5-1) beat Greenfield 50-0.
  4. Marion County (6-1) beat Sale Creek 62-12.
  5. Huntingdon (5-2) beat Gleason 61-0.
  6. Grace Christian (5-2) beat Meigs County 13-6.
  7. Oneida (5-1) beat Oakdale 35-7.
  8. Hampton (5-1) beat North Greene 46-15.
  9. Middle Tennessee Christian (7-0) beat Moore County 50-3.
  10. Forrest (4-3) lost to Huntland 37-27.

Class A

  1. Union City (6-0) idle.
  2. Nashville Christian School (7-0) beat East Rpbertspm 38-0.
  3. Cloudland (6-0) idle.
  4. Wayne County (6-1) beat Loretto 47-13.
  5. Columbia Academy (6-0) beat Cornersville 61-7.
  6. Greenback (5-1) beat Rockwood 30-3.
  7. Coalfield (4-2) beat Wartburg 36-0.
  8. South Pittsburg (3-3) idle.
  9. Midway (4-2) lost to Harriman 35-26.
  10. Copper Basin (4-2) beat Tennessee Christian 46-7.

Division II

  1. McCallie (7-0) beat Baylor 35-9.
  2. Baylor (5-1) lost to McCallie 35-9.
  3. Ensworth (5-1) beat MBA 50-44.
  4. MBA (5-2) lost to Ensworth 50-44.
  5. Brentwood Academy (6-1) beat Pope John Paul II 50-10.
  6. Webb School (3-2) beat DCA 42-3.
  7. MUS (4-3) lost to CBHS 17-14.
  8. ECS (6-1) beat FACS 35-13.
  9. BGA (6-1) beat Davidson Academy 47-17.
  10. Father Ryan (4-2) idle.

A final goodbye

After 12 years of working at the News Sentinel, I said my final goodbyes today.
I will be journeying into the world of sales and working full time for Playrite.com
I’ll still be around from time to time. I’ll cover games on Friday nights, make some predictions and do some TV/radio work on the side. So I won’t be completely gone.
Still, I’ve been able to tell a lot of great stories through the years. And I don’t want that to quit appearing in the papers. So in the meantime, while the KNS is hiring a new preps editor, make sure you send those potentially great stories to the sports department at Sports@KnoxNews.com so they can have someone write those.

Thanks to all who helped me along the way, allowed me to peek into their lives for a story or simply gave me a heads up on a story.

Here’s a treat on my way out …
Here are my top 5 preps memories from covering this beat:
1. Maryville football won 74 consecutive games from the start of the 2004 season until losing to Hillsboro in the 2008 Class 4A final.
2. The 2010 Class AAA state baseball championship. Nicky Delmonico hit a walk-off home run to win the game, redeeming himself for a costly error he had made earlier in the night. LHP Philip Pfeifer was untouchable all season (16-0, 165Ks in 96 IP) and threw a one-hit, 14-strikeout masterpiece — working a complete game that featured a 2-hour-long rain delay and working one day after serving as a closer in the semifinal.
3. Jalen Steele’s buzzer beater to beat Bolivar in the 2009 Class AA state semifinals. Steele, who went on to win a Mr. Basketball and two PrepXtra POYs, had struggled mightily in the first half. The Falcons were defending state champions and on the ropes against Bolivar. Steele got the ball in the final seconds, looked at his defender and smile … HE SMILED AT HIM!! … then slashed into the lane and made the game-winner. Fulton defended as state champions.
4. Ryan Click’s Shot. Then a little-used sophomore guard, Click hit a 3-pointer in double overtime to lift Maryville to the 2007 Class AAA state boys basketball championship, 69-66. I barely got my story in before the deadline, and the entire Sunday paper couldn’t get sent out until that game ended. Had Click not hit that shot, I would’ve been late. He was the third or fourth option on the play and hadn’t scored a point the entire tournament.
5. Alcoa vs. CAK. Watching this rivalry evolve was no doubt fun. I can remember loaded Alcoa teams blasting CAK out of the water in the early-to-mid 2000s. Then those margins of victories got closer and closer and closer. Alcoa won seven consecutive state titles until CAK ended that reign with 3A titles of its own in 2011-2012. Alcoa resumed supremacy last year. But still, the players that came through each program will not be forgotten. Neither will their battles.

MORE: Fulton football (2013) was ridiculously good with Daryl Rollins-Davis, Xavier Howard and Penny Smith on offense and set a state scoring record… Jackie Coward (West) was hands down the best track athlete I saw … Wil Crowe (Pigeon Forge) dominated the 2013 season and state baseball tournament to give Pigeon Forge its first Class AA state title … Bryce Brentz (South-Doyle) had a monster postseason as a senior in 2007 and helped S-D finish state runner-up … Fulton vs. Catholic football (Dennis Rogan vs. Harrison Smith) … Gibbs softball … The Glory Johnson years with Webb School of Knoxville girls basketball … Andre Sterling’s 2007 running back campaign at Farragut … Charlie High + receivers Josh Smith and Davis Howell in 2011-12 … Dre Mathieu went from 5-foot-nothing PG at Central to starting point guard at Minnesota … Dwight Tarwater’s senior season at Webb won him a Mr. Basketball trophy in 2010 … Cait McMahan’s ACL injuries killed a promising basketball career at Tennessee … Jill Prudden’s coaching in the Oak Ridge women’s basketball program … McMinn Central girls’ basketball … Bearden boys basketball nearly knocking off national power Oak Hill Academy in 2009 … Ty Greene and Rico White lead Bearden boys’ basketball to the Class AAA state final in 2011… Gibbs winning a state baseball championship in 2010.

I could keep going and going.

— Jesse Smithey

State HS Football Rankings (Sept. 2)

Associated Press State Rankings
Sept. 2
Class 6A
1. Maryville (13) 2-0
2. Blackman (3) 2-0
3. Oakland 1-1
4. Whitehaven 2-0
5. Science Hill 1-0
6. Hendersonville 2-0
7. Sevier County 1-0
8. Dobyns-Bennett 2-0
9. Riverdale 2-0
10. Ravenwood 2-0

Class 5A
1. West (9) 2-0
2. Henry County (1) 1-1
3. Ridgeway (3) 1-0
4. Memphis East 2-0
5. Anderson County 2-0
6. Hillsboro 2-0
7. Ooltewah 2-0
8. Campbell County 2-0
9. Tennessee 1-0
10. South-Doyle 1-0

Class 4A
1. Fulton (13) 2-0
2. Catholic 2-0
3. Giles County (1) 2-0
4. Liberty 1-1
5. Pearl-Cohn 2-0
6. Greeneville 0-1
7. Trezevant 1-1
7. Signal Mountain 2-0
9. Crockett County 2-0
9. Sullivan South 1-1

Class 3A
1. Alcoa (14) 2-1
2. CPA 2-0
3. CAK 2-0
4. Camden 2-0
5. East Nashville 2-0
6. Lewis County 2-0
7. Notre Dame 1-1
8. Milan 2-0
9. Fairview 1-1
10. Westview 2-0

Class 2A
1. Grace Christian (2) 2-0
2. Adamsville (3) 2-0
3. Trousdale County (2) 1-1
4. TCA (2) 1-1
5. Huntingdon (1) 1-1
6. Peabody (1) 2-0
7. Marion County 2-0
8. Mitchell (1) 0-2
9. Rockwood 2-0
10. Hampton 1-1

Class 1A
1. Union City (11) 2-0
2. Nashville Christian 2-0
3. Greenback (1) 2-0
4. Cloudland 2-0
5. Coalfield 1-1
6. Moore County 2-0
7. Wayne County 1-1
8. South Pittsburg 0-2
8. Columbia Academy 1-0
10. Gordonsville 1-1

Division II
1. Ensworth (8) 2-0
2. Brentwood Academy 2-0
3. MBA (1) 2-0
4. McCallie 2-0
5. MUS 1-1
6. Baylor 2-0
7. Webb (1) 0-2
8. Father Ryan 2-0
9. St. George’s 1-1
10. BGA 1-1

Week 1: Game to See

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ALCOA (2-0) at MARYVILLE (1-0)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (WVLT, Pregame: 7 p.m.)
History: Maryville and Alcoa have combined for 27 state championships. Maryville has a TSSAA-best 14 all-time. Alcoa ranks second at 13. Maryville holds a 59-23-3 record against Alcoa and has won the last three meetings. The average margin of victory the last five meetings has been 15.0 points per game. Alcoa won the 2009-10 meetings.
On the line: Maryville carries a 16-game win streak into the contest. Alcoa has won its last 15 games.
Last time: Maryville shut down Alcoa on the Tornadoes’ home field, 31-2. John Garrett, then a senior and making just his second start under center, threw for 163 yards and two scores and rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown to lead the Rebels. He went on to earn All-State and All-PrepXtra honors. Maryville finished 15-0 last season with a Class 6A state title. Alcoa went 14-1 and took Class 3A. It marked the eighth time the Blount County powers won a state championship in the same season.
Coaches: Alcoa coach Gary Rankin (358-68, .840 winning percentage) has won 10 state championships (six at Alcoa, four at Riverdale). He is 10 wins shy of tying Ken Netherland (St. George’s Independent School) for the all-time record in TSSAA coaching wins. Maryville coach George Quarles (209-14, .937 winning percentage) has won 10 titles in 15 previous seasons with the Rebels.
Player Watch
Alcoa – Jaquez Tyson, a 5-10, 210-pound, leg-strong running back, rushed 49 times in last season’s Class 3A championship. He has 25 carries through two games this fall for roughly 260 yards and four touchdowns.
Maryville – Dylan Jackson, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior defensive end, was a Mr. Football Lineman finalist last season. A Tennessee verbal commitment, Jackson also received scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Stanford, LSU, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Duke.

Week 1: PrepXtra Top 20

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The Top 10
1. Maryville (1-0): The Rebels are 14-time state champions and take on arch-rival and 13-time state champion Alcoa at 7:30 p.m. Friday on a special broadcast of Rivalry Thursday, which will be on WVLT.
2. Alcoa (2-0): The Tornadoes successfully navigated a two-games-in-three-days gamble last week. Alcoa plays at Maryville on Friday. Alcoa has lost the last three in the series.
3. West (1-0): West won their opener 39-0 last week with Karns. The Rebels get the week off before trying to end Maryville’s 92-game league win streak that dates back to 2000.
4. Fulton (1-0): The Falcons won last week, 83-3… Proceed to No. 5 Catholic.
5. Catholic (1-0): The Fighting Irish welcome Coalfield (1-0) on Friday, seeking a fifth consecutive 2-0 start.
6. South-Doyle (0-0): The much-anticipated season debut for the Cherokees comes Friday at much-improved Heritage.
7. Oak Ridge (0-0): The Wildcats play host to a win-hungry Farragut squad on Friday. The Admirals won last year’s meeting, 31-24.
8. Anderson County (1-0): Matt Fox ran for more than 2,400 yards as a junior. He kicked off his senior season last week with 247 yards and three scores.
9. Campbell County (1-0): Ethan Jeffers threw for more than 300 yards and six touchdowns in the first half last week. The Cougars should get another win Friday (Lynn Camp, Ky.) before entering a grueling District 3-AAA march.
10. CAK (1-0): Michael Thompson (nine carries, 110 yards, three TDs) and Austin Pope (12 catches, 117 yards, two TDs) made for a successful opening win over FRA. CAK plays at Powell on Friday.

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11. Sevier County (1-0): The Smoky Bears open District 2-AAA play Friday against visiting Morristown East. Sevier County is 34-1, all time, in the IMAC. Its last league loss was 2010 (Jefferson County).
12. Webb (0-1): Webb dropped its fourth consecutive season opener last week, losing in Maryville 28-7. Webb plays Friday at Chattanooga Baylor, a 51-7 winner last week over Howard.
13. Greeneville (0-0): The Greene Devils, who went 12-1 last season, open their season Friday against No. 14 Morristown West. Greeneville won last year’s meeting 40-0 in Morristown.
14. Morristown West (1-0): Junior running back DeAndre Delaney scored four touchdowns Saturday in the Trojans’ 58-0 win over West Greene.
15. Farragut (0-1): Farragut let a lead slip away against Dobyns-Bennett, which knocked off Farragut for the fifth consecutive season.
16. Clinton (0-1): The Dragons fell to Anderson County in Week 0 by a 35-19 decision, their sixth consecutive loss in the series.
17. Gibbs (1-0): Brendan Wilson, a speedy slotback, will give opponents much to worry about when breaking down Gibbs film.
18. Pigeon Forge (1-0): The Tigers scored 71 points last week, their highest point total in program history.
19. Grace Christian (1-0): The Rams tacked on a score late to fend off Austin-East in Week 0, 14-0.
20. Loudon (1-0): Senior running back Josh Jackson rushed for well more than 200 yards in a 34-19 win over Class 6A William Blount.