The road to the Blue Cross Bowl in Cookeville continues with second round games on Friday night.
Here's a preview of the games featuring the 19 remaining Knoxville area schools.
#4 Oak Ridge (10-1) at #1 Maryville (11-0)- For the second time this year fans get to enjoy the "Battle of Pellissippi Parkway." Oak Ridge quarterback Rian Hall scampered into the endzone with less than a minute remaining to give the Wildcats a 35-28 win over Science Hill in round one. Cody Carroll had touchdown receptions of 45 and 58 yards for Maryville in their 42-10 win over Hardin Valley.
The Rebels took the earlier game with Oak Ridge, 38-23. Maryville shutdown the explosive Hall and at one point held a 31-0 lead. Oak Ridge made a switch on offense late in the game, going with Elliot Normand at quarterback and Hall at receiver. The Wildcats put up some points late in the game with that lineup but never made it close.
#3 Sevier County (10-1) at #2 Dobyns-Bennett (11-0)- These two teams have seen a lot of each other in recent years. They've met every season since 1993 and squared off in the second round of the playoffs last year. Dobyns-Bennett easily took the regular season meeting, 51-21.
The Smoky Bears and Indians played two classic games down to the wire in 2011. Dobyns-Bennett won the regular season matchup 42-41 thanks to a missed extra point. Sevier County overcame a 28-point second half deficit to stun the Indians in the playoffs. D-B beat Bearden 35-7 last week while the Smoky Bears defeated Jefferson County 27-14.
#4 West (9-2) at #1 Powell (10-1)- Powell's first year head coach Derek Rang served as the defensive coordinator under Scott Cummings at West for the previous two seasons. Powell beat the Rebels 29-6 in the 5A semifinals last year. West has reached the semifinals two years in a row and beat South-Doyle 27-7 last week. The Panthers defeated Central, 33-7.
#6 Tennessee High (7-4) at #2 Morristown West (8-3)- Malachi Horton's sprained ankle might not quite be at one-hundred percent but it was good enough to lead the Trojans to a narrow 31-29 win over Cherokee last week. Horton rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns, breaking James Stewart's school record for rushing yards in a season. Stewart played for Tennessee in college and was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft by Jacksonville. Tennessee High out of Bristol, beat a solid Daniel Boone squad last week, 28-7.
#3 Ooltewah (8-3) at #2 Lenoir City (9-2)- This is the first meeting between the two schools since 1978. They do share one common opponent this season. Lenoir City beat Walker Valley 44-16 in the first round last week and Ooltewah beat the Mustangs the previous week, 56-7. The Owls took down Anderson County in the first round, 47-28.
#3 Greenville (8-2) at #2 Fulton (9-2)- Greeneville has knocked Fulton out of the playoffs the past two years by a combined score of 77-0. The Falcons are much stronger this year and will be out for revenge. Fulton's two losses came against West and Alcoa and its closest win was 33-0 over Morristown East in the first game of the season. The Greene Devils are the two-time defending state champs and pounded Gibbs 49-0 last week. For comparison, Fulton beat Gibbs 48-10 earlier in the season.
#4 Gatlinburg-Pittman (7-4) at #1 Elizabethton (9-2)- The Cyclones have reeled off nine straight wins since losing the first two games of the season to playoff teams Daniel Boone and Science Hill. G-P is coming off a blowout win over Chuckey Doak.
#4 Sweetwater (8-3) at #1 Alcoa (10-1)- The Tornadoes were surprisingly tested by McMinn Central last week but held on for a 28-18 win. The Wildcats have been a victim of Alcoa's mission to a state title several times in the past. Sweetwater pulled off a narrow 21-20 win over Tyner Academy last week.
#7 Kingston (7-4) at #3 CAK (10-1)- CAK's Davis Howell is chasing the national record for career receptions as the Warriors get a rematch with a District 4-AA foe for the second week in a row. CAK handled Loudon last week, 56-21. The Yellow Jackets upset No. 2 seed Polk County in the first round, 49-14. CAK won the first meeting with Kingston, 56-31.
#5 Silverdale (10-1) at #1 Grace Christian (9-1)- Silverdale, out of Chattanooga, took down 9-1 Hampton in the first round. Grace is coming off a first round bye, but will be without star running back Will McKamey, who suffered a brain injury in the final regular season game. The Rams will be playing in their first playoff game since 2009, thanks to a two-year probation. Grace reached the 1A semifinals that season.
#3 Boyd Buchanan (10-1) at #2 Oneida (9-1)- These two teams haven't met since Boyd Buchanan knocked the Indians out of the playoffs in back-to-back years in '98 and '99. Oneida has won nine in a row and will be fresh coming off a bye. The Bucs beat Rockwood 27-19 last week and their only loss came to last year's 4A state runner-up Maplewood.
#4 Copper Basin (8-3) at #1 Greenback (9-1)-The Cherokees have been knocked out in the second round the past two seasons, despite having a first round bye last year. Greenback tries to get over the hump against Copper Basin, who beat Lookout Valley last week, 49-10.
#3 Cloudland (8-3) at #2 Coalfield (9-1)- Besides the loss to Oneida, Coalfield hasn't had much trouble beating
teams this year, including Cloudland, who they took down 34-0 in the
second game of the season.
The Yellow Jackets second round game in 2011 didn't go well. A brawl broke out during the win against Lookout Valley. Suspensions decimated the strong Coalfield roster and they lost the following week.
#2 W D1 Harding Academy (9-2) at #1 E/M D1 Webb (8-1)- The Lions size could give Webb some trouble. Harding pounded Zion Christian last week, 60-14. Webb didn't have any trouble with the Eagles either, winning an earlier regular season contest 53-0. The Spartans had a first round bye and hope to return to the glory of 2009 and '10 when they won state championships.