Football season opened in earnest Friday night, with nearly every team in the area hitting the bright-lights stage.
However, Monday marked the official first day of the season for girls soccer, volleyball and cross country.
Soccer season begins for the Lady Hilltoppers tonight as they play host to Sullivan South. Jefferson County is on the home schedule for Thursday. Daniel Boone is at Dobyns-Bennett today while David Crockett plays host to Jefferson County.
In the Class A-AA ranks, Elizabethton travels to play University High on Thursday in its season opener. The Lady Junior Bucs started their year Monday at Chuckey-Doak.
Science Hill kicks off its boys cross country season today with the Panther Creek All-Comers meet in Morristown. Meanwhile, the girls open today with the Twilight 2-Miler at Daniel Boone.
Science Hill began its volleyball season Monday against Morristown East, and the Lady Hilltoppers hit the road to face Sullivan Central today.
Boone opened at Unicoi County on Monday and plays at Sullivan South today. Crockett played Chuckey-Doak Monday and will be at D-B today.
As for golf competitors, they are in full swing. District events begin in less than a month.
— Taking a look back at some of last week’s football questions that were answered, at least in part:
Science Hill proved it can play with a top-notch football team, but some defensive questions linger. Greeneville proved it will once again be a tough beast to tame after a state-title season in 2010. …
Daniel Boone is down a little this year, and Elizabethton’s defense showed a lot of promise. …
Happy Valley showed its offensive line is solid enough to make the ground game a force once again. …
David Crockett may struggle while Sullivan East could bounce off an 0-10 season and land in the Class 4A playoff picture. …
Head coach Shane Boggs’ looks like he is more than a little prepared to keep Tennessee High among the area’s elite teams while Johnson County has a lot of work to do.
— Passing fancy: Christian Academy of Knoxville quarterback Charlie High connected on 36 of 44 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-28 win over Anderson County. …
Sevier County quarterback Cullen Lavoi, making his first varsity start, tossed five touchdown passes for all of his team’s scores in a 35-21 win over William Blount.
— Maryville will travel to play Alcoa in a game that garners statewide attention. It will be played on Saturday and is expected to draw a huge crowd.
Class 3A Alcoa is a seven-time defending state champion while Maryville is the defending Class 6A champ. The Rebels won four straight Class 4A titles from 2004-07.
Both Maryville and Alcoa have won 12 state championships overall.
— The Charter Game of the Week begins tonight with a replay of the Daniel Boone-Elizabethton game at 8 p.m. It will air on Charter Channel 13 and Comcast Channel 14.
Here is the planned television schedule for the remainder of the season:
Aug. 26 — Elizabethton at Science Hill
Sept. 2 — Sullivan South at Dobyns-Bennett
Sept. 9 — No Game
Sept. 16 — Tennessee High at Sullivan South
Sept. 23 — Elizabethton at Sullivan South
Sept. 30 — Sullivan South at Science Hill
Oct. 7 — Science Hill at Daniel Boone
Oct. 14 — Tennessee High at Dobyns-Bennett
Oct. 21 — Science Hill at Tennessee High
Oct. 27 — Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill
— Football games of the week — Elizabethton at Science Hill, Volunteer at Sullivan East, Johnson County at Hampton, Unaka at Happy Valley.
Cyclones vs. Hilltoppers — It has been a great rivalry for many years, and this year’s installment could be one of the better matchups in recent years.
Both teams possess a lot of offensive talent, so the chance is there for a few points to be scored.
Falcons vs. Patriots — Was East’s first-game blowout of David Crockett an indication of a banner year in Bluff City? This game could provide a lot of evidence, one way or the other.
Longhorns vs. Bulldogs — Based on Johnson County’s opening-night humbling, Hampton enters as a solid favorite. However, this game seems to bring a tooth-and-nail battle every year.
Rangers vs. Warriors — Happy Valley looked the part of a title contender in Week 1. This is chance No. 2 to show off its impressive offense, and also an opportunity for the defense to shine.
— Pick of the week — Science Hill 22, Elizabethton 17.
With high hopes for the 2011 season, an 0-2 start for Science Hill would be enough of a problem that the Hilltoppers won’t let it happen.
Picks record: 1-0.
— Player of the week — Zack Ball of Happy Valley.
Rushing for 191 yards on nine carries would be enough for Ball to be considered for this honor. However, the senior running back ran for a 70-yard touchdown in the first quarter — and then just kept scoring in a 39-13 win over Sullivan Central.
Ball finished with five touchdowns and undoubtedly is among the state’s scoring leaders after one week.
— The Hogs Award — Happy Valley Warriors.
When the Warriors called a running play, Sullivan Central was in trouble. The Warriors offensive line devastated the Cougars’ defense. Blocking was crisp and effective, allowing an overwhelming average of 12.6 yards per carry and a total of 444 yards rushing.
— Defensive unit of the week — Elizabethton Cyclones.
Expecting to have a close battle against Daniel Boone, the Cyclones’ defense made it a 28-point blowout.
Elizabethton held Boone to 11 yards of total offense and no first downs in the first half, and gave up only 93 yards for the game in the 31-3 decision.
The Cyclones picked off a pass, recovered a fumble, recorded three quarterback sacks, and scored a touchdown on Eric Carter’s 35-yard interception return.
— This Week in Prep History — August 18, 2000.
Happy Valley quarterback Mark White carried 32 times for 188 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as the Warriors pulled off a 34-21 season-opening upset of Elizabethton, which had been to the state semifinals the previous three years.
— Tennessee High jumps four spots in this week’s Prep Top 10. The Vikings opened with an offensive and defensive showcase in a 52-0 crunching of Johnson County.
Team W-L Prv
1. Greeneville 1-0 1
2. Dobyns-Bennett 1-0 2
3. Science Hill 0-1 3
4. Elizabethton 1-0 4
5. Tennessee High 1-0 9
6. Happy Valley 1-0 8
7. Sullivan South 0-1 6
8. Hampton 0-0 10
9. Daniel Boone 0-1 5
10. Sullivan North 1-0 nr
(tie) Chuckey-Doak 1-0 nr