Bradley Central 5-0 — 7-2 McMinn County
McMinn County 5-0 — 7-2 at Bradley Central
Ooltewah 3-2 — 6-3 Walker Valley
Cleveland 2-3 — 4-5 at Rhea County
Bradley and McMinn are in the Class 6A playoffs but likely are playing for a first-round host's role plus the district championship. Ooltewah is likely in the Class 5A playoffs, and a host role is not out of the question. Cleveland could need a win vs. Rhea to make it.
Bledsoe County 3-1 — 8-1 at Chattanooga Christian
Sequatchie County 3-1 — 7-2 Signal Mountain
Grundy County 1-3 — 5-4 Notre Dame
Notre Dame 0-4 — 5-4 Grundy County
It is possible that all four teams could get into the postseason. Bledsoe can win the district championship tonight, and Sequatchie is likely to finish second. There are numerous scenarios, but one has both Bledsoe and Sequatchie hosting first-round games. Win or lose, Grundy also should make it into the Class 3A field. Notre Dame could get in the Class 4A bracket with a 5-5 record, but 6-4 would enhance its chances.
East Hamilton 5-1 — 5-4 Howard
Red Bank 5-1 — 7-2 Tyner
Tyner 4-2 — 4-5 Red Bank
East Ridge 4-2 — 5-4 Brainerd
Brainerd 3-3 — 4-5 East Ridge
East Hamilton is in great position to win the district after beating Red Bank last week. Red Bank or Tyner will finish second and the East Ridge-Brainerd winner will be third. It seems likely that the TSSAA will take four District 6-AA teams, especially if Brainerd beats East Ridge to finish 5-5 overall and third in the district. Tyner, the district's only eligible Class 3A team, is on the bubble. Barring an upset loss to Howard, East Hamilton is likely to host a first-round playoff next week, and Red Bank might with a win over Tyner. However, Tyner won the district last year and was on the road in the first round.
Polk County 3-0 — 6-3 Meigs County
Sweetwater 2-1 — 5-3 Sequoyah
Meigs County 1-2 — 5-4 Polk County
Sequoyah 1-2 — 4-5 Sweetwater
Polk County is the district champion, and a win over Sequoyah would give Sweetwater the second spot regardless of Meigs' showing at Polk. Even at 5-5, Meigs is likely to get in the Class 3A postseason with Sweetwater and Polk, but a loss to Sweetwater likely will bounce Sequoyah from the Class 4A field.
South Pittsburg 3-0 — 8-1 at Grace Christian
Lookout Valley 2-1 — 7-3 regular season completed
South Pittsburg and Lookout Valley will finish 1-2, but South Pitt needs a win at Knoxville over Class 2A's third-ranked Grace Christian for seeding purposes in the Class 1A bracket. A loss could cost the Pirates a first-round bye and have them traveling every round after the first round, whereas a win would assure them of being at home through the semifinals.
Boyd-Buchanan 2-0 — 8-1 at Copper Basin
Grace Academy 1-1 — 5-4 Silverdale Baptist
Silverdale Baptist 1-1 — 4-5 Grace Academy
District winner Boyd-Buchanan might have lost home-field rights through the semifinals with its loss to South Pittsburg, but a win tonight could get the Bucs a first-round bye and a second-round home game. Grace and Silverdale are battling for a spot in the Class 1A bracket, although both might get in with 5-5 records.
Baylor 4-1 — 8-1 Battle Ground Academy
McCallie 2-3 — 4-4 at Brentwood Academy
With Ensworth beating Brentwood Academy last week and Baylor having a first-round bye already secured, the Red Raiders are playing for home-field advantage through the semifinals. A win over BGA would assure that. McCallie may have lost its first-round host opportunity with a loss to MBA last week, but a win over Brentwood Academy might get it back. Otherwise, it appears the Blue Tornado may be going to BGA for its state-playoff opener.
Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...