A total of 20 Chattanooga-area high school football teams advanced to the Tennessee state playoffs in their respective classifications.
The playoffs begin next Friday, with higher-seeded team hosting, and continues until the state championship games in Cookeville the last weekend in November. A total of 10 area teams will host first-round games, including three games featuring a pair of local teams playing each other, headlined by Bradley Central traveling to McMinn County in a rematch of a wild game played last Friday.
Lookout Valley (5-5) at Copper Basin (7-3)
Columbia Academy (5-5) at South Pittsburg (7-3)
Silverdale Baptist (9-1) at Hampton (9-1)
Rockwood (6-4) at Boyd-Buchanan (9-1)
McMinn Central (5-5) at Alcoa (9-1)
Tyner (8-2) at Sweetwater (7-3)
Kingston (6-4) at Polk County (7-3)
Grundy County (5-5) at Cheatham County (10-0)
Hixson (7-3) at Notre Dame (8-2)
Page (6-4) at Signal Mountain (7-3)
Marshall County (5-5) at East Hamilton (9-1)
Cleveland (5-5) at Columbia (8-2)
Anderson County (5-5) at Ooltewah (7-3)
Walker Valley (5-5) at Lenoir City (8-2)
Bradley Central (6-4) at McMinn County (9-1)
BGA (4-6) at Baylor (7-3)
St. Benedict (4-5) at McCallie (4-5)
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