It’s the best time of the year!
We’re in the home stretch of the 2013 high school football season. That’s about as good as it gets. Consider the fact that Tennessee is about to take our breath away in displaying all its beauty in the wondrous colors of fall and it’s easy to see why the Volunteer State is the best place to live.
District races are beginning to take shape. In most cases, the cream is beginning to rise to the top. The crystal ball that shows high school fans what teams will still be playing in late November is getting clearer with each passing week.
We can always count on teams like Maryville, someone from District 7-AAA and probably Whitehaven to still be practicing on Thanksgiving Day. Henry County, Knoxville West and Ridgeway will likely be doing the same.
In 4A, Fulton, Knoxville Catholic and possibly Giles County continue to work their magic on the gridiron.
Alcoa and Christ Presbyterian Academy appear to be destined for an early December showdown in Cookeville where 3A teams are concerned. 2A favorites Knoxville Grace and Adamsville are still making great showings.
And in 1A, Coalfield, South Pittsburg and Humboldt also appear to be on a collision course with each other in the post season.
But there are some surprise teams beginning to emerge. Here are a few you might want to keep a close eye on as the “second season” draws near.
6A — Putting anyone from East Tennessee in the same sentence with Maryville would be suicidal. The Rebels have not seriously been tested since their scrimmage with Ensworth in Aug. 1. I doubt seriously they will feel threatened until third- or fourth-round action. That threat will likely come from Blackman, Oakland or Siegel. I think the only teams in the bottom bracket to challenge Whitehaven are Rossview, Franklin or Houston.
5A — Knoxville West should rule the first quadrant. East Hamilton or Ooltewah will likely come out of the second quad. Henry County and Ridgeway are likely headed for a second meeting in the semifinals out west.
4A — I don’t see any team being able to do much with Fulton. The only question about the 4A BlueCross Bowl game is who will face the Falcons. I’m betting on Dyersburg or Trezevant.
3A — Many feel the same question applies to Alcoa in 3A. I don’t see any significant obstacles in front of the Tornadoes until December. CPA will most likely be Alcoa’s opponent in Cookeville.
2A — Knoxville Grace appears to be destined for a date in Cookeville, too. Marion County, and possibly Trousdale County, could be roadblocks. Trinity Christian and Peabody also are threats.
1A — Besides previously mentioned 1A teams, I see Nashville Christian or Union City as the only real possibilities for play in late November.
Murphy Fair has published TENNESSEE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL for more than 25 years. His statewide syndicated radio show (Murphy’s Matchups) can be heard locally on Monday evenings on WGNS. (1450-AM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM)