High School Football: State Semifinals Friday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The TSSAA state semifinal round qualifiers continue for public schools, while private schools have the weekend before the tournament weekend.

A few East Tennessee teams remain in contention with a trip to Chattanooga and the Blue Cross Bowl on the line.

Class 6A

Maryville (10-3) at Oakland (12-1) – 7:00 p.m

With playoff wins over Morristown East, Bearden and Science Hill, the Rebels from Derek Hunt’s Maryville Red are poised to bid for a big win in Oakland Friday night in the state semifinals. Defense has been key to the Rebels averaging 8 points per game in the postseason, including stopping the Hurricanes. They’ll need that defense against a Patriots team that averages 51 points in playoff games. Oakland is 12-1 this season and is undefeated at home as this enduring encounter is set to happen late in the season.

Class 5A

West (13-0) at Powell (11-2) – 7:00 p.m

En route to the Class-5A state championship in 2021, the Panthers held West to just 82 yards en route to a 35-7 victory. No doubt this will be on the minds of the Lamar Brown Rebels who have clawed their way to a perfect 13-0 record. Matt Lowe’s Panthers will try to stop a team that averages 57 points in the playoffs. On the other side of the field, the defending state champions are riding a wave of momentum. After losing their first two games, they won 11 straight and were one home win away from a trip back to state. You’ll be able to watch this game on MyVLT with the pre-match show at 6:30 and kick-off at 7.

Class 4A

Anderson Co. (13-0) at Red Bank (11-2) – 7:00 p.m

A massive quarterfinal win over rival Greenville propelled the Mavericks to the state semifinals against Red Bank High School. Grenfell have beaten Anderson County each of the four times they have met in the past five years. Anderson County is playing in the state semifinals for the first time in 26 years. Head coach Davey Gillum was a running back for the Mavs on that team in 1996. Red Bank started the season with seven straight wins before suffering back-to-back losses to Fayetteville and East Hamilton, who they would defeat in the quarterfinals to reach this matchup.

Class 3A

Alcoa (12-1) at Giles Company (10-3) – 7:00 p.m

Brian Nix is ​​trying to win his first state championship as Alcoa’s head coach, and it will be an unprecedented 8th consecutive championship for the Tornadoes. But first they’ll have to go through Giles County in Pulaski, Tennessee. Giles County finished 4-0 in area play and defeated Brainerd in the first round, Loudon in the second round, and Sweetwater in the quarter-finals to establish this fixture with perennial Power Alcoa. How good Alcoa is, it’s time to lose in Class-5A #1 West. They also play a pair of Mr. Football finalists in Jordan Harris and Lance Williams.

Class 1A

Cole Field (12-1) at Clay Coe (12-1) – 7:00 p.m

It’s a 12-1 team battle as Caulfield travels to Clay County on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets battled their way through the post-season winning 167-18. It’s a classic battle between offense and defense. Clay County only gives up an average of 4 points per game in the playoffs. A win would put the Yellow Jackets into the finals for the first time since 2014, when they finished second in Class -1A.

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