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No. 8-ranked FHS opens playoffs at nemesis Ooltewah; BHS goes to unbeaten Sevier County, McMinn Central at CAK


The new and somewhat controversial high school football playoff system uncovers familiar first-round match-ups from recent years. And recent weeks.

However, some coaches are scratching their heads at how the pairings shook out.

“Looking at it overall, it doesn’t quite work out right,” said Bearden head coach Brad Taylor, adding in defense of Farragut, “What about Farragut, they’re 8-2 and they’re having to go Ooltewah [9-1]?

“I don’t know how you fix it, other than the old system seemed to fix it pretty well,” he added.


The Admirals, District 4-AAA runner-up and No. 5 seed in Class 6A’s eastern-most bracket, travels to recent-years nemesis Ooltewah, No. 4 seed and No. 1 ranked statewide in Class 6A before being upset by McMinn County Oct. 30.

The state’s No. 8-ranked Ads’ first-round visit to OHS kicks off at 7 p.m., as do all early-round playoff games, Friday, Nov. 6.

Eddie Courtney, FHS head coach, said about the first round, “I thought we’d be at home, anyway. ... But our kids are excited about going to Ooltewah.”

Taylor’s Bulldogs (8-2), No. 8 seed, also meet up with a recent years rival and sometimes nemesis, traveling to unbeaten and No. 1 seed Sevier County (10-0).

If the Admirals and Bulldogs survive, they’ll meet in second-round action at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Friday, Nov. 13.

In Class 5A, No. 6-seed Knoxville Catholic (5-5) visits No. 3 Morristown West (8-2). That winner plays either No. 7-seed Powell (5-5) or No. 2-seed Sullivan South (8-2) Nov. 13.

In Class 3A, Christian Academy of Knoxville (9-1), No. 4 seed, will host No. 5 McMinn Central (7-3). That winner likely will travel to top-seed Alcoa (10-0) — a 24-7 winner at CAK to end the regular season — Nov. 13.

In Division II-A, No. 2 East-Middle Region seed Webb School (9-1) earned a bye and, in state quarterfinals action Nov. 13, will host either St. Georges (7-3) or Riverside Christian (2-8).
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