Football playoff picture coming into view

Douglas Fritz • Updated Oct 20, 2018 at 10:50 PM

Friday’s high school football games brought the playoff picture into clearer focus.

At the forefront was David Crockett, which locked up the Region 1-5A title — and a home game against the No. 4 finisher from Region 2 — with a tough 34-27 win over Daniel Boone.

With that win and Knox Halls’ victory over Sevier County, the Pioneers will meet their former head coach, Jeremy Bosken, in the first round of the playoffs.

Here’s a look at how things stand after Friday’s games. In each classification the Region 1 champion plays host to the Region 2 fourth-place team in the first round of the playoffs. Region 1 No. 2 plays host to No. 3 from Region 2, and Region 1 No. 3 travels to play Region 2 No. 2. The Region 2 champ plays host to the fourth-place team from Region 1.

Class 6A

Hardin Valley’s win over Bearden kept the door open for Science Hill to get a home playoff game.

In Week 11, the winner of Farragut and Hardin Valley will be the No. 1 seed. If Hardin Valley loses, Science Hill is No. 2. If Farragut loses and Bearden wins, Bearden is No. 2, followed by Farragut and Science Hill.

The Region 2 likely order of finish is Maryville, Ooltewah, Bradley Central and the McMinn County-Cleveland winner.

Class 5A

The Pioneers are followed by No. 2 Daniel Boone. Tennessee High is No. 3, and Cocke County has the inside track to No. 4. Morristown East could grab the last spot if it beats Crockett, and Cocke County loses to Volunteer.

The Region 2 likely order of finish is Knox Central, South-Doyle and Gibbs with Knox Halls secured at No. 4.

Class 4A

It’s neatly fleshed out with Greeneville at No. 1, followed by Elizabethton and Sullivan South. The winner of Grainger and Union County will be No. 4.

As for Region 2, Anderson County is No. 1 and Chattanooga Central is No. 2. Howard and East Hamilton play Friday for the No. 3 and No. 4 spots.

Class 3A

First place is yet to be set as Johnson County meets Unicoi County on Friday for the title. Spots three and four are up for grabs between Chuckey-Doak, Claiborne and West Greene.

In Region 2, Alcoa and Austin-East will play for the title Friday while Gatlinburg-Pittman and Kingston will play for third place. Pittman has clinched a berth, but Northview Academy can claim the No. 4 spot if Kingston loses to Pittman.

Class 2A

Things are still up in the air, although it would take a giant upset of Hampton by Cosby to keep South Greene out of the top spot — if the Rebels lose to Happy Valley. A Hampton loss and Happy Valley win would give the Warriors the top seed.

The most likely scenario is South Greene at No. 1, followed by Hampton and Happy Valley. Sullivan North has locked up the No. 4 spot and will travel to play Region 2 champion Meigs County in the first round of the playoffs.

Oneida has locked up the No. 2 spot in Region 2 while Rockwood, Wartburg Central and Cumberland Gap are fighting for the last two spots.

Class 1A

Cloudland is No. 1, and is followed by Hancock County, Jellico and Unaka. However, the Rangers are not eligible for the postseason this year.

In Region 2, it is Greenback at No. 1 with Coalfield at No. 2. Midway and Oliver Springs play Friday for spots three and four.

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