It is time to start claiming playoff positions as Week 10 rolls around.
Two county teams can claim their spot at the top of their respective region, while two others look to secure their spot.
It should be a great night of football — even if four of the five teams in action are on the road.
Elizabethton at Chuckey-Doak, 7:30 p.m.
Hampton at North Greene, 7:30 p.m.
Cumberland Gap at Happy Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Unaka at Hancock County, 7:00 p.m.
Cloudland at Knox Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Elizabethton (7-1) at Chuckey-Doak (4-4)
The Cyclones can claim the Region 1-3A title with a win over the Black Knights. Elizabethton, winners of seven straight, have outscored opponents 286-103 this season with a balanced offensive attack.
The Black Knights enter the game with a 4-4 mark, but all four losses have come in a row. Chuckey-Doak has to have help to get into playoff position, but have been outscored 131-100 in the last four games.
Elizabethton-With a win, the Cyclones would claim the Region 1-3A title and the No. 1 seed. A win would also guarantee home field advantage throughout the first four rounds of the playoffs.
A loss along with a Pigeon Forge win would tie things up at the top entering Week 11. The Cyclones hold the tiebreaker over the Tigers.
Chuckey-Doak-A win along with a Johnson County loss would place the Black Knights in a tie for fourth place entering Week 11.
Hampton (8-0) at North Greene (2-6)
The Friday night clash in Baileyton is a tale of two teams heading in different directions. The Bulldogs can clinch the Region 1-2A title with a win on Friday night as well as remain perfect on the year, while the Huskies have lost six of their last seven games.
The Hampton offense has set a tone by outscoring opponents 390-145 — with the smallest margin of victory being 17 points. The offensive attack will look to continue the roll as North Greene is allowing an average 31.5 points per game.
Hampton-With a win, the Bulldogs clinch the Region 1-A title as well as the No. 1 seed. A win would also guarantee home field advantage throughout the first four rounds of the playoffs.
A loss along with a Sullivan North win would tie things up for the top spot. Hampton holds the tiebreaker over North.
North Greene-With a win, the Huskies will still need a lot of help to even get in the playoff picture.
Cumberland Gap (0-8) at Happy Valley
The Warriors – for all intents and purposes — are in playoff mode for the first of the way.
Happy Valley can’t afford a misstep in the next two weeks as they fight for a playoff spot. The Warriors nearly pulled a rally to take a key win over Gatlinburg-Pittman last week, but came up short in the final minute.
The Panthers haven’t had things go their way this season as they are still looking for their first win. Cumberland Gap has been outscored 368-102 this season.
Happy Valley-A win along with a South Greene loss would tie the teams for fourth place entering the final week setting the stage for a winner gets in game.
A loss along with a Cosby win would pull the Eagles into a tie with Happy Valley for the 4th spot — with the South Greene result also having an effect on the scenario.
Cumberland Gap-Has been eliminated from playoff contention.
Unaka (1-7) at Hancock County (5-4)
The winner of this match-up will take third and the loser will be fourth from Region 1 once the playoffs start. The Rangers were unable to keep pace with Oakdale last week, but have been able to put points on the board this season.
The Indians struggled at Cloudland last week. Micah Hunt and the Rangers are looking for their second win, and hope to have the offensive power to move past the Indians.
It is simple as it gets — winner takes the No. 3 seed and loser will be No. 4 from Region 1-A.
Cloudland (6-3) at Knoxville Catholic (4-4)
The lone non conference game on the Carter County slate might be the most intriguing game of the night as Cloudland wraps up the regular season.
The Irish may be the best 4-4 team in the state — especially when the losses include state powers Fulton and CPA. Cloudland is taking a step up, and will have to play a nearly perfect game.
Knox Catholic is led by USC commit Amari Rodgers as well as Tennessee commit Cade Mays.
Since it is a non conference game, this game won’t impact the playoff race. Cloudland has clinched the No. 1 seed and region title for Region 1-A. Catholic has also clinched a playoff spot
By the Numbers
1-Seed that Cloudland clinched and Elizabethton and Hampton can clinch with wins on Friday night.
7-straight wins by the Cyclone
202-56-Margin that Cloudland outscored their four region opponents.
390-Points that Hampton has scored this season.
48.75-Points per game that Hampton is averaging.
622-Total roundtrip miles that the four road teams will travel on Friday night.