The epicenter of high school football will be in East Knoxville for week 7 of the 2018 season.
-- Scott at Austin East
This is going to be an epic homecoming for the Roadrunners.
Not just that AE should win big (Scott has just one win on the season), but 2018 marks the 50th anniversary since Austin and East High Schools integrated.
The school has planned a huge celebration that includes a parade, tailgating, and decades of alumni who've traveled to Knoxville for the festivities.
-- Halls vs. Central
I blinked, and Knox Central became one of the hottest teams in the Knoxville area.
Yes, Bryson Rosser's Bobcats have won four games in a row, averaging a tick more than 36 points per game in that span. The defense hasn't given up more than 20 points this season.
Remember when the Bobcats held Fulton to 18 points on Rivalry Thursday? This team is going places.
Conversely, this doesn't seem like a great time for the Halls Red Devils (2-3) to visit.
Halls has one region win so far (vs. Carter), but sports a hot-and-cold offense that hasn't fared well against other Class 5A teams like West and Powell. Not to mention, senior captain and defensive back Caden Tollett transferred to Alcoa and was ruled eligible to play immediately this week.
A win would be a huge momentum boost for a team that's trying to reach the postseason in Jeremy Bosken's first season as its head coach. Best of luck to them.
-- Hardin Valley vs. Jefferson County
Why it matters: Jefferson County seems destined for postseason success this season; they've just run into two region powerhouses this year (Bearden and Farragut) en route to a 4-2 record (0-2 in Region 1-6A).
Enter Hardin Valley, a team against whom the Pats might stack up better.
The Hawks (3-2) already have their first region win under the belt, a 51-10 shellacking of Morristown West two weeks ago.
Wes Jones' team is coming off a bye week; and hopefully the starting back seven on defense are well-rested for what should be a great game. Jefferson County has established play-makers in the air and on the ground, and if they're not held in check early, it could be a long night for HVA.
-- Pigeon Forge at Gatlinburg-Pittman
The Varsity All Access Game of the Week features a classic Sevier County rivalry.
Gatlinburg-Pittman is off to a blistering start, winning its last four after dropping its only loss this season in week 2 to Oneida.
Pigeon Forge, on the other, is having the opposite results this season.
The Tigers have just one win, a 27-7 victory over Cumberland County, and have struggled to get anything going offensively.
Expect the Highlanders to win big at home in the mountains.