Tonight, Scott (7-3) will travel to Elizabethton to take on the Fighting Cyclones of Elizabethton High School (9-1)  in the first round of the Tennessee Class 4A state playoffs, while Oneida (8-2) will host the Tellico Plains Bears (7-3) at Dr. M.E. Thompson Field in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Kickoff time is set for 7 p.m. at both locations. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission.

• Elizabethton High School is one of two public high schools in Elizabethton (pop. 14,200), the county seat of Carter County. Founded in 1799, the town was the first independent American settlement outside the original 13 British colonies, and also the first American settlement west of the Continental Divide.


• Elizabethton has a student body of about 820. The school colors are burnt orange and black.

• Scott and Elizabethton have never played. Scott's only games against teams from Carter County were against Unaka in 1989 and 1990. Scott won both, defeating Unaka by a baseball score of 6-4 in Elizabethton in 1989, and winning 29-0 in Huntsville the following year.

• Elizabethton enters tonight's game with a record of 9-1 and riding an 8-game winning streak. The Cyclones are the No. 3 seed in Class 4A's first quadrant and champions of District 1-AA. Scott is 7-3. The Highlanders are the No. 6 seed in the first quadrant and a wild card team.

• In 2012, the Cyclones advanced to the Class 3A semifinals before losing to eventual state champ CAK, 44-34. In 2010, they lost to eventual state champ Alcoa in the semifinals, 55-20. They also advanced to the semifinals in 2009, 1999 and 1997. They are making their sixth consecutive playoff appearance and are 29-22 overall in the playoffs.

• Since four consecutive losing seasons from 2005 to 2008, Elizabethton is 48-16 overall.

• Elizabethton is coached by Shawn Witten, who is 52-25 overall since 2007. Witten was named the Tennessee Titans High School Coach of the Week earlier this year.

• Shawn Witten is the brother of Jason Witten, a former standout tight end at the University of Tennessee and currently a star for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. Jason Witten played high school ball at Elizabethton. The street the school is located on bears his namesake. He hosts his SCORE Foundation's football camp in Elizabethton each summer.

• Elizabethton is averaging 43.6 points per game this season. The Cyclones' defense is giving up an average of 11.8 points per game and has pitched shutouts in four out of 10 games. In their nine wins, the Cyclones gave up only 8.7 points per game.

• Scott is averaging 30.0 points per game this season. The Highlanders' defense is giving up an average of 24.2 points per game.

• No close games: In their wins, the Highlanders are outscoring their opponents by an average of 42-17. In their losses, the Highlanders have been outscored by an average of 42-3.

• Scott is looking for its 8th win this season, which would tie a school record for wins in a single season. The 1999, 1980 and 1979 teams also had eight wins.

• Scott is making its 8th playoff appearance. The Highlanders are 2-7 overall in the playoffs.
• Scott coach Keith Shannon is 19-24 in four seasons at Scott, leading the Highlanders to three playoff appearances. His career record is 44-42, including an undefeated regular season and district championship at Sunbright in 2000.
• Injuries: Scott is without junior wide receiver Mark Karluah (knee).
• Tellico Plains (pop. 890) is located in Monroe County, Tenn. It was incorporated in 1911 and is named for the Great Tellico — an Overhill Cherokee village that occupied the land where the town is now located.
• Tellico Plains High School has a student body of about 450. The school colors are maroon and white.
• Tellico Plains is one of three high schools in Monroe County, along with Sweetwater and Sequoyah.
• Oneida and Tellico Plains have played twice previously, with the Indians winning both. In 1971, the Indians defeated the Bears 28-6 in the regular season. In 1994, the Indians defeated the Bears 28-14 in the quarterfinals of the Class AA playoffs.
• Oneida is 3-6 all-time against teams from Monroe County, with a 1-6 record against Sweetwater.
• Tellico Plains is the No. 5 seed in Class 2A's first quadrant and the runner-up of District 3-A, with a record of 7-3. Oneida is the No. 4 seed in the first quadrant and the runner-up of Class 4A.
• Tellico Plains has won six of its last seven games, the lone loss a 28-14 setback to Greenback, which also defeated Oneida, 42-38. The teams' only other common opponent was Rockwood, which Oneida defeated 13-12 in overtime and which Tellico Plains defeated 21-20.
• Since an 8-4 season in 2009, which saw Tellico Plains defeat Oliver Springs in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs, 20-12, the Bears were just 5-25 entering this season. Since that '09 win over Oliver Springs, the only games the Bears played against District 4-A opponents were a pair of matchups with Coalfield. The Yellow Jackets won both, 59-9 in 2012 and 49-0 in 2011.
• Tellico Plains is averaging 27.5 points per game this season. The Bears' defense has given up 25.9 points per game. In their seven wins, the Bears are outscoring their opponents by an average of 36-21. In their three losses, the Bears were outscored by an average of 37-7.
• Oneida is averaging 35 points per game this season. The Indians' defense has given up  12.4 points per game. In eight wins, the Indians are outscoring their opponents by an average of 38-8. In their two losses, the Indians were outscored by an average of 32-24.
• Tellico Plains is making its sixth playoff appearance. The Bears are 3-5 in the playoffs, with their best year coming in 1994, when they advanced to the quarterfinals in Class AA (with wins over Smith County and Oliver Springs) before falling to Oneida.
• Oneida is making its 30th playoff appearance. The Indians are 32-28 in the playoffs. Their best year came in 1992, when the Indians won the Class A state championship. Oneida advanced to the semifinals in 2008, 1997, 1994 and 1989.
• Tellico Plains is coached by Trevor Hunt, who is 19-26 at Tellico Plains since 2009.
• Oneida is coached by Tony Lambert, who is 37-10 at Oneida in two stints (2007-2008, 2012-present). Overall, Lambert is 42-16 in five seasons — including a 5-5 season at his alma mater, Scott High, in 2011 — and has been to the playoffs every year of his head coaching career.
• Injuries: Oneida is without sophomore linebacker Dalton Chambers (ankle).
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