2014 District 5-AAA Schedule Analysis
By Eric Smith tnvarsity.rivals.com
Starting with District 5-AAA, this will be the first part of an extensive 24 part series, looking at
non-league schedules for each team, evaluating them and then ranking them. Several factors
will come into play on ranking a team's schedule, such as the team's class, talent level and the
level of competition in which their non-league opponents play in. Don't forget you can also compare
the individual schedules So without further delay.............
Combined records of oppponents:
1.) Walker Valley (33-14)
2.) Bradley Central (30-17)
3.) McMinn Co. (29-19)
4.) Cleveland (29-20)
5.) East Hamilton (28-17)
6.) Soddy Daisy (27-20)
7.) Ooltewah (22-23)
2014 Schedule Evaluation:
Bradley Central: Opponents in 2014 are Polk Co. (9-3), Riverdale (4-6), Hixson (9-4), and
Signal Mountain (8-4). While 3 of Bradley Central's 4 opponents play at least 2 classes
lower than they do, they are still pretty solid teams. Hixson had one of the best years they
have ever had. Riverdale's record may have been 4-6, but they closed the season very well,
finishing 3rd in District 7-AAA, ahead of two teams that made the playoffs (Siegel and Smyrna).
Bradley Central has mostly been a average AAA team over the years, so while this schedule
isnt overly difficult, it does help them get ready for district play.
Cleveland: Opponents in 2014 are Chattanooga McCallie (4-8), Cookeville (6-5), Wilson Central
(6-5), and Knoxville West (13-2). Cleveland gets high marks for scheduling a powerhouse like
Knoxville West in the regular season (also played them in the 5A semifinals), and McCallie
wasnt as bad as their record indicates, playing in the brutal Middle/East district of Divsion II-AA.
Cookeville and Wilson Central were pretty average last year, but credit Cleveland for schedule 2
6A teams that made the playoffs. At this point in Ron Crawford's tenure, Cleveland should start
challenging for championships. This schedule helps them do that.
East Hamilton: Opponents in 2014 are Signal Mountain (8-4), Dobyns-Bennett (6-5), Riverdale
(4-6), and Rhea County (10-2). Most year this would be a powerhouse schedule, but
Dobyns-Bennett and Riverdale each had years that were uncharacteristic for the history of each
program. However, Signal Mountain keeps on plugging and Rhea County looks like a legit 5A
contender after posting 10 wins in 2013. Both Riverdale and D-B should make signicant
improvements in 2014, which makes this as tough as any non-league schedule in 5-AAA.
McMinn County: Opponents in 2014 are McMinn Central (4-6), Chattanooga McCallie (4-8),
Alcoa (14-1), and Oak Ridge (7-4). Not a bad schedule, by any means, but in terms of overall
strength, it falls short of the previous teams mentioned. Of course, Alcoa is going to be a tough
out for any team in the state. Oak Ridge and McCallie were average teams, whice McMinn Central
is a rivalry game. Schedule could be tough, but given the talent level of McMinn County, it is not
like they are ducking the competition.
Ooltewah: Opponents in 2014 are Brainerd (3-7), Siegel (8-4), Tyner Academy (5-7), and
Dobyns-Bennett (6-5). This schedule certainly had some promise at the start of the 2013 season,
but the combined record of these teams was 22-23, making Ooltewah the only schedule in 5-AAA
that had a non-league combined record of under. 500 (22-23). Certainly like to think that Tyner
and D-B wont strugggle for long, but Siegel will be rebuilding and not much for Brainerd to be a
playoff-caliber team any time soon.\
Soddy-Daisy: Opponents in 2014 Hixson (9-4), Red Bank (3-7), Tyner Academy (5-7), and Rhea Co.
(10-2). Soddy Daisy's schedule is a mix of the good and the bad. On the good side, Hixson and Rhea
County had arguably one of their best teams ever, for both programs. On the bad side, Tyner finished
5-7 and Red Bank continued their recent slide going 3-7. Like Bradley, Soddy-Daisy has been a roughly
a mediocre-average program lately, so having a schedule that features a little bit of both isnt a bad thing.
Walker Valley: Opponents in 2014 are East Ridge (5-6), Sequoyah (9-3), Rhea Co. (10-2), and Polk Co.
(9-3). Even when you consider that many of these teams play at least classes lower than, its not a bad
schedule for a team like Walker Valley that is trying to work its way up. Unfortunately, that does not do
much in helping them get ready for league play, which was not very kind to Walker Valley at all. This is
a type of schedule that if you suffer any loss to any other than Rhea County, it is probably not going to
bode well for your overall season.
2014 Schedule Rankings:
1.) East Hamilton
3.) Bradley Central
4.) Walker Valley
6.) McMinn Co.