Oneida and Scott will open district play tonight, as Wartburg visits Dr. M.E. Thompson Field and Kingston visits Highlander Stadium for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs.

• Tonight is homecoming at Dr. M.E. Thompson Field. A homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime of Oneida's game against Wartburg. Candidates include: Shelli Queener, Kirklynn Buttram, Maddie Lay, Kayla Watters, Hannah taylor, Sierra Smith, Ashley Myers and Ansley Marcum.

• To accommodate the halftime homecoming ceremonies, the Oneida High School Pride of the Tribe Marching Band will move delay its performance until after the game.
• Oneida coach Tony Lambert is leery about tonight's game: "This is a game that is very, very important to us. It's a game we have to have. And Wartburg will give us their very best effort. You can count on that."
• Wartburg coach Tony Brawner is a native of Scott County, and coached middle school ball at Huntsville Middle for several seasons under Mark Proffitt. He is in his second season as Wartburg's head coach, and served as the school's defensive coordinator for one season before that.
• Last season, Wartburg played Oneida closer than any team in the district. The game ended in a 6-0 win for the Indians.
• Wartburg's last win over Oneida came in 2010, a 13-7 win at Wartburg.
• Oneida is 33-14-1 against Wartburg all-time. The series dates back to 1948, a 19-0 win by the Bulldogs. The lone tie in the series came in 1955, a 0-0 deadlock.
• Wartburg is coming off a 29-6 loss to Rockwood in its season opener. Oneida defeated Rockwood in overtime, 13-12, two weeks ago. The Indians are coming off a 31-14 win over Hampton.
• Oneida (2-0) is ranked No. 2 in the East Tennessee Sportswriters Poll for Class 2A and No. 6 in the Associated Press statewide poll for Class 2A. Wartburg is unranked.
• WBNT FM 105.5 will have the broadcast of the Oneida-Wartburg game live, beginning with pregame at 6:45 p.m. with Tim Smith and John L. Strunk. The Scott-Kingston game will be broadcast on a tape delay basis with Rick, Harris and Woody Keeton.
• Scott coach Keith Shannon says he wants to make sure that his players understand the importance of tonight's game against Kingston, and are able to soak up the atmosphere and relish the spotlight: "The opportunity that they have to come out and play in a big game, it's a colossal opportunity. Our kids will play well. They'll be prepared. They'll expect to play well. It's something that's going to be fun. My hat is off to them. They've bought into what we've been trying to teach them. We're blessed. We're blessed to be here, and we're blessed to be around these boys. We're blessed to be able to have a shot at something big this week."
• Scott has not beaten Kingston since 2003, a 40-20 win. Last year, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Highlanders, 35-6.
• Scott and Kingston first played in 1977, a 36-12 win by the Yellow Jackets. They have played every year since 1982. Kingston leads the series, 29-3.
• Scott's first win against the Yellow Jackets came in 1984, the Highlanders' district championship season.
• Kingston is coached by Brian Pankey, a Yellow Jacket alumnus who is in his first season. He replaces Blair Harrison, who lasted just one year at Roane County.
• Scott quarterback Jake Phillips is coming off a 17-of-23 performance for 300+ yards, an effort that received him a nomination as regional offensive player of the week by PrepXtra. Phillips won the fan balloting for the honor.
• The Highlanders' 109 points through the first two games of the season marks the first time a Scott team has scored 100+ in back-to-back games since the opening two games of the 1999 season.
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