How would Greeneville have fared if the TSSAA state football playoffs had just one classification?
Greene Devils’ head coach Caine Ballard said he would like to find out, just for fun. His team won its second straight Class 4A state title Saturday in Cookeville.
Looking at the exclusive Johnson City Press all-classification final state rankings, it would be Greeneville versus Maryville for the overall title:
Team W-L Class
1. Maryville 15-0 6A
2. Greeneville 14-1 4A
3. Memphis Whitehaven 14-1 6A
4. Henry County 15-0 5A
5. Murf. Riverdale 13-1 6A
6. Knox Powell 14-1 5A
7. Mt. Juliet 13-1 6A
8. Dobyns-Bennett 11-1 6A
9. CAK 13-2 3A
10. Grace Christian 10-0 2A
Unfortunately for Greeneville, the question was probably answered in the preseason when the Greene Devils lost a very close decision against Maryville in a scrimmage. But Greeneville wouldn’t mind another shot.
“I know our players and certainly our fans would love to see that,” said Ballard. “We would like to know where we stood against the state’s best in the biggest classification.
“I’d probably like to do it, just for fun — and maybe make $50,000 (from gate receipts).”
Wait a minute. How much of a cut would the TSSAA get from that?
n Maryville’s state title was the 13th in school history, setting a TSSAA record for most football championships.
Head coach George Quarles has guided Maryville to nine of those titles.
The Rebels broke a tie with neighbor Alcoa, which saw its reign of seven straight championships ended by Christian Academy of Knoxville in the Class 3A semifinals.
n Science Hill receiver Aaron Greene and lineman Tyler Miles will participate in the fifth annual Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic on Saturday. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Carson-Newman in Jefferson City.
n Daniel Boone will play host for the Trailblazer Classic on Dec. 15-20. This year’s basketball tournament will have a field of 44 middle school and high school teams.
The competition will include 16-team tournaments for boys and girls middle school teams. Also, an eight-team freshman tournament will take place at Gray School.
Boys’ varsity games will match David Crockett and Cloudland on Dec. 16 at 7 o’clock, followed at 8:30 by Daniel Boone taking on South Greene.
On Dec. 17, South Greene plays Crockett at 7, and Cloudland faces Boone at 8:30.
n Prep signings: Elizabethton soccer standout Abby Stephenson made her college choice official last week. The Lady Cyclones’ goalkeeper signed with Virginia Intermont College.
n Boys basketball games of the week — (Today) Science Hill at Tennessee High, Elizabethton at Unicoi County, Sullivan East at Sullivan North. (Friday) Christian Academy of Knoxville at Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett at Daniel Boone, Elizabethton vs. Webb School of Knoxville at Science Hill, Unicoi County at Sullivan East, University High at Hampton (Saturday) Webb School at Science Hill, Elizabethton vs. CAK at Science Hill.
The Hilltoppers should get a major challenge from Tennessee High tonight, and then face a pair of Knoxville teams over the weekend in the Roundball at the Palace event.
Prior to the season, Science Hill was hoping to hold the Roundball event in its new gymnasium, but it won’t be ready for any basketball games this season. ...
It’s about as important as games can get in December for Unicoi County. The Blue Devils could set themselves on solid ground for the rest of the season with a pair of wins — or be scrambling to recover all year with a pair of losses.
n Boys player of the week — Zach Howard of Science Hill.
The Hilltoppers earned a pair of Big Eight Conference wins, and Howard was front and center in the scoring mix.
The 6-3 junior wing totaled 20 points and center-netted four 3-pointers in a 70-35 pounding of Volunteer on Tuesday. Then on Friday, Howard went swish on three treys and finished with 17 points in a 59-37 victory over Sullivan South.
n Boys pick of the week — Science Hill 55, Tennessee High 53.
This looks like it will be one of those games decided in the final two minutes, especially because the Hilltoppers will find it tough to keep the Vikings from setting the pace.
However, look for the ‘Toppers to find a way to get it done like they have eight times already this season.
Boys picks record: 1-0.
n Tennessee High muscles Sullivan East out of the No. 2 spot while Greeneville and South Greene are newcomers in this week’s Prep Top 10.
Team W-L Prv
1. Science Hill 8-0 1
2. Tennessee High 8-1 4
3. Sullivan East 8-1 2
4. Unicoi County 6-2 3
5. Dobyns-Bennett 3-2 5
6. Elizabethton 1-0 7
7. David Crockett 4-4 8
8. Sullivan North 0-2 6
9. Greeneville 2-3 nr
10. South Greene 5-3 nr
(tie) Sullivan South 3-4 10
n Girls basketball games of the week — (Today) Science Hill at Tennessee High, Daniel Boone at Sullivan South, Elizabethton at Unicoi County, (Friday) CAK at Science Hill, Daniel Boone at Dobyns-Bennett.
It’s a major showdown between undefeated Big Eight powers at Science Hill tonight. It’s early in the season, but tonight’s loser won’t get another shot at revenge until Jan. 20 and the winner will likely stay in first place at least until that time.
Meanwhile, Daniel Boone still has a lot of proving to do in its battle to return to the upper levels of the Big Eight. A pair of road wins would go a long way in getting that done.
n Girls player of the week — Gabby Lyon of Science Hill.
Already off to a good start this season, Lyon added two more quality efforts to her resume last week.
The 6-0 sophomore post had 11 points in a 76-41 pounding on Volunteer on Tuesday, and then came back with 21 points and three blocked shots in Friday’s 81-45 win over Sullivan South.
n Girls pick of the week — Science Hill 60, Tennessee High 53.
The Hilltoppers are averaging 78 points per game while the Vikings allow 45, so something has to give. Look for Tennessee High’s very tough defense to slow Science Hill’s scoring machine, but not enough to beat it.
Girls picks record: 1-0.
n Greeneville jumps two spots to No. 4 in this week’s girls rankings.
Team W-L Prv
1. Science Hill 6-0 1
2. Tennessee High 5-0 2
3. Unicoi County 5-1 3
4. Greeneville 4-2 6
5. Cloudland 5-2 5
6. Daniel Boone 2-2 4
7. North Greene 6-2 7
8. Elizabethton 3-2 9
9. Dobyns-Bennett 4-2 10
10. South Greene 2-3 8
(tie) Sullivan South 5-2 10