For games of Sept. 6
(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an email to Ward Gossett at email@example.com by 9 p.m. each Saturday.)
Baylor: Nick Tiano scored both touchdowns and threw for 199 yards (16-29-0), but the Red Raiders lost their unbeaten status in a 28-14 loss at Montgomery Bell Academy.
Bledsoe County: Tavian Dodd gained 71 yards on seven carries, but the Warriors were unable to get into the end zone in a 48-0 home-opening loss to Signal Mountain.
Brainerd: No report; lost 20-18 to Red Bank.
Boyd-Buchanan: Jim Cardwell threw two TD passes and ran for a touchdown, but the three scores weren't enough in a 35-21 loss to Franklin Road Academy.
Bradley Central: Open date.
Calhoun: Tydus Curtis caught two TD passes among his five receptions for 160 yards in a 17-2 victory over Dalton.
Chattanooga Christian: Jared Miller and Zach Mercer combined to complete 18 of 33 passes for 208 yards and a pair of TDs, but the Chargers fell to Notre Dame 50-13.
Cleveland: Austin Herink ran for four touchowns and passed for three, accounting for 253 yards and 42 of the Blue Raiders' points in a 49-7 victory over McMinn County in the teams' District 5-AAA opener.
Coahulla Creek: Luke Brock got a touchdown pass, but it came in the fourth quarter and was too little too late as the Colts dropped a 25-13 decision to Gordon Lee.
Dade County: Zac Freeman ran nine times for 141 yards and two TDs, the last coming on a fake punt with 7:24 left in a 30-26 victory over North Murray.
East Hamilton: Hunter Moore cast off his 2013 cocoon and completed 12 of 19 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns and also scored a rushing TD as the Hurricanes won their first District 5-AAA game 56-35 against Walker Valley.
East Ridge: Jo Jo Tillery ran for 76 yards and threw for two TDs and another 92 yards as the Pioneers got their first win, 16-0 over District 6-AA rival Central.
Fort Payne: No report; lost to Etowah 21-10.
Gordon Central: No report; lost 17-6 to Southeast Whitfield.
Gordon Lee: Hunter Casteel scored the Trojans' first two TDs on short runs, and they rolled to a 25-13 victory over Coahulla Creek.
Grace Academy: No report; lost 36-17 at Davidson Academy.
Grundy County: Michael Nolan got just 10 carries but rushed for 123 yards, including an 80-yard scoring romp, but the Yellow Jackets lost to Sequatchie County 34-7.
Heritage: Christian King caught five passes for 151 yards but was held out of the end zone by Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe in the Generals' 27-21 loss.
Hixson: Isaiah Robinson scored the go-ahead and game-icing touchdowns, finishing with 165 yards in the Wildcats' come-from-behind, 48-35 victory over Tyner in a crucial District 6-AA opener.
Howard: Open date.
Ider: No report; beat West End 27-18.
LaFayette: Lance Estus passed for 113 yards and scored on a 17-yard run, but the Ramblers were swamped by Trion, 35-14.
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe: Jacob Gilbert scored all four of the Warriors' TDs in a 27-21 win over Heritage.
Lookout Valley: Open date.
Marion County: If Blake Zeman missed any practice last week, it was hardly noticeable Friday as he ran for three TDs -- two in the first quarter -- and the Warriors knocked off county rival Whitwell 35-0.
Murray County: No report; lost 51-0 to Christian Heritage.
McCallie: JaVaughn Craig passed for a TD and ran for two, compiling 151 total yards in the Blue Tornado's 48-7 victory over Pope John Paul II. Craig completed all six of his passes.
McMinn Central: No report; lost to Sequoyah 20-6.
McMinn County: D.J. Kimpson scored the Cherokees' only TD in a 49-7 loss to Cleveland.
Meigs County: Bryson Baker scored a TD and completed five of seven passes for 58 yards, but the Tigers lost their home opener to Greenback, 49-13.
North Jackson: Brett Barbee scored the Chiefs' only TD -- and it gave them a first-quarter lead -- but they eventually lost 28-7 to Madison County.
North Murray: Hinton McConkey ran for a TD and 47 yards and passed for 65 yards and two TDs in a 30-26 loss to Dade County.
North Sand Mountain: No report; lost to Section 28-22.
Northwest Whitfield: Open date.
Notre Dame: Clay Heltzel, the Irish's backup quarterback, accounted for 230 yards of offense and two TDs as the Irish beat Chattanooga Christian 50-13 in the schools' District 7-AA opener.
Ooltewah: Brody Binder had his first 300-yard passing night, completing 22 of 34 passes with no interceptions for 312 yards and five touchdowns, as the Owls won their 5-AAA opener, 58-14 over previously unbeaten Soddy-Daisy.
Red Bank: Malik Davis threw a 75-yard TD pass on a trick play that gave the Lions a two-score lead in the fourth quarter of a 20-18 win over Brainerd.
Rhea County: Joby Berry got in the end zone twice and gained 103 yards on 13 carries in the Golden Eagles' 33-6 win over White County.
Ridgeland: Open date.
Ringgold: Open date.
Scottsboro: No report; beat Arab 17-14.
Sequatchie County: Dylan Harvey scored a TD and passed for another, rolling up 189 yards of offense in the Indians' 34-7 victory over Grundy County.
Signal Mountain: Junior Jack Teter played little more than a half but completed four of five passes for 74 yards and two TDs in the Eagles' 48-0 win at Bledsoe County.
Silverdale Baptist: Josh Rogers' four TDs led the Seahawks to their third straight win, a 41-0 victory at Copper Basin. Rogers had 167 rushing yards and 49 receiving yards.
Soddy-Daisy: Hunter Maynor had two TD passes in a 16-for-26 night but the Trojans fell 58-14 to Soddy-Daisy. It was their first loss of the year.
Southeast Whitfield: No report; beat Gordon Central 17-6.
South Pittsburg: Kahlil Mitchell scored the game's first three TDs, two on 40-yard runs and the third on a 39-yard pass hookup with Pirates quarterback Kitt Grider, in a 54-0 win over Sale Creek at Finley Stadium.
Trion: Corey Bethune was busy, rushing for 109 yards and a TD on 10 carries and passing for 70 yards and two TDs in the Bulldogs' 35-14 win over LaFayette.
Tyner: Willie Stewart ran for 121 yards and returned a kickoff 83 yards for another score, but the Rams fell to 0-2 with a 48-35 loss to Hixson.
Walker Valley: Colton Morrow scored on a 2-yard run and a 30-yard interception return, but the Mustangs lost their unbeaten status in a 56-35 loss to East Hamilton.
Whitwell: The Tigers failed to get in the end zone, but Dusty McHone did his part by rushing 30 times for 154 yards in a 35-0 loss to Marion County.
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 ...