Maryville (11-0) vs. Bradley Central (8-3) Fri. 7:00 p.m. ET
- Maryville (11-0) got the blessing of an unintended bye after Science Hill’s season ended by virtue of canceling its contest against Maryville due to COVID. Bradley Central (8-3) got the upset road win, 17-14, at Farragut in round one. Bears QB Aiden McClary ran in the game-winning touchdown to give the Bears the upset. The Bears gave Maryville a fight in the regular season, leading at halftime before the talent gap of the Rebels took over and led Maryville to a 35-13 win. The winner of this game faces the winner of Dobyns-Bennett and McMinn County.
South-Doyle 48, Daniel Boone 19
- Even though the Cherokees (8-3) dropped a chance to take the top-seed in Region 2, they looked like a team who hit the reset button in round one. Running back Shawn Gary rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns as S-D racked up 426 yards of offense. In round two, the ‘Kees will take on David Crockett (9-2), victors of nine straight, with the winner facing either Halls or Knoxville Central.
Halls 22, Tennessee High 15
- Halls (8-3) pulled off the road upset of the Vikings and now have a rematch with two-time defending 5A champs, Knoxville Central (9-2), in round two. With Tennessee High driving to tie or take the lead with under a minute left, Sawyer Adams got the game-sealing interception near the end zone and gave the Red Devils their first playoff win since 2017.
Knoxville Central 48, Morristown East 7
- The two-time defending champs had little problems with the Hurricanes. The Bobcats have now won 11 straight postseason games and look to exact revenge over Halls for the 20-16 loss in the regular season. Liam Fortner recorded four touchdowns in the win.
Oak Ridge 30, Soddy-Daisy 7
- Oak Ridge (8-3) remained hot behind the dual-trouble of QB Mitchell Gibbons and RB Kendall Jackson as the Wildcats cruised into the second round. Now, Oak Ridge will travel to face the champions of Region 4-5A in Rhea County (10-1).
West 65, Lenoir City 20
- This game was over very early as West (11-1) went into the locker room at halftime with a 59-7 lead. Lenoir City had a little roster and started a freshman receiver at QB due to COVID issues and it showed in the results.
Walker Valley 21, Powell 16
- In one of the shockers of the first round, the Walker Valley Mustangs (8-2) took down one of the most talented 5A teams in Powell. The Mustangs took the five-point lead with 9:11 left in the game and prevented Powell from pulling off the comeback. The Panthers scored touchdowns on the ground via Jarvis Stockton and Jordan Brown, but the usually explosive offensive couldn’t do much else as they suffered five turnovers. For the second season in-a-row, Powell gets upset before they can get too far in the playoffs.
Anderson Co. 49, Grainger 8
- QB Walker Martinez and RB Gavin Noe carved up the Grizzlies in the first half, making this one over when it was 42-0 Mavs (9-2) at halftime. Anderson County will, in round two, attempt to finally overcome the postseason demons of the Greeneville Greene Devils (8-3), after they had a first-round bye when Howard canceled due to COVID.
Pigeon Forge 42, Claiborne 15
- In a big upset, the Pigeon Forge Tigers (7-3) dominated the top-seeded Claiborne Bulldogs, ending one of the best seasons in Claiborne’s history. The Tigers are now 8-3 after consecutive 1-9 seasons. PF WR Hassan Al-Sultani returned the opening kickoff to the house and caught a touchdown and another huge reception to set up a score, all in the first quarter. The Tigers put up 42 points on a defense that allowed 72 points all season. In the second round, Pigeon Forge will face rival Gatlinburg-Pittman (9-2), whom the Tigers lost to 15-12 in the regular season. The Highlanders took down Unicoi County 40-0 in the first round.
Alcoa 49, Johnson County 0
- The Tornadoes (10-1) dominated, as expected, and recorded their sixth shutout of the season. Next up will be Kingston (7-3), which survived a 43-42 shootout with Chuckey-Doak.
Coalfield (10-0) vs. Greenback (5-6) Fri. 7 p.m. ET
- These bitter rivals will meet again in round two on Friday. The Yellow Jackets are unbeaten and despite have three of the wins due to COVID (including against Greenback), they have looked dominant on the field. Meanwhile, the Cherokees appeared dead in the water at the mid-point of the season, especially when being hit by COVID. However, this program’s winning attitude hasn’t faded and Greenback as reeled off four straight wins (three on-field) to get to this point. Coalfield should prevail, but as the cliché goes: throw the record books out for this one.
CAK 52, Boyd Buchanan 12
- Warriors (11-0) QB Ryan Degges reached the 1,000 passing yard mark for the season and RB J.D. Dunn ran wild over the Buccaneers in round one of the DII-AA playoffs. CAK continues to chart its path to winning its first Gold Ball since 2012. In the quarterfinals, it will be a matchup with Goodpasture (8-2) who survived a tough battle with Knoxville Webb in the first round.
Chattanooga Christian 56, Knoxville Grace Christian 42
- What could’ve been a legendary season for the Rams sputtered out in the end. Grace lost three of its final four games, included two to Chattanooga Christian, who gave the Rams their first and final losses of the year, scoring 59 and 56, respectively. For the Rams, it is hard to give up over 500 rushing yards and keep up enough offense to get a win.