As the Independent Herald projected Friday night, Oneida will host Tellico Plains in the first round of the Tennessee Class 2A football playoffs, while Scott will travel to Elizabethton in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Oneida is the No. 4 seed in the first quadrant of Class 2A, after finishing as runner-up of District 4-A with an 8-2 record.
Tellico Plains is the No. 5 seed, finishing as runner-up of District 3-A with a 7-3 record.
Against one common opponent this season, Oneida defeated Rockwood 13-12 in overtime in the season opener, while Tellico Plains defeated the Tigers 21-20. Against another common opponent, Oneida lost to Greenback 42-38, while Tellico Plains lost to the Cherokees 28-14.
Kickoff for Friday's game is 7 p.m. at Dr. M.E. Thompson Field.
The winner of the Oneida-Tellico Plains game will travel to No. 1 Grace Christian Academy on Nov. 15. Grace Christian, the state's top-ranked team in Class 2A, received a bye after capturing the District 3-A championship with a 10-0 record.
The other game in Class 2A's first quadrant on Friday will be No. 6 Rockwood traveling to No. 3 Silverdale Academy. The Tigers made the playoffs as a wild card team with a 7-3 record. Silverdale was runner-up in District 5-A with a 9-1 record after being upset by Boyd Buchanan, 22-21, in the regular season finale. The winner of that game will travel to No. 2 Hampton on Nov. 15. Hampton received the No. 2 seed as champion of Region 1-A, upsetting previous unbeaten Cloudland 21-12 in the final game of the regular season.
Scott is the No. 6 seed in the first quadrant of Class 4A, after making the playoffs as a wild card team with a 7-3 record.
Elizabethton is the No. 3 seed, finishing as champion of District 1-AA with a 9-1 record. Elizabethton upset previously-unbeaten Sullivan South to capture the district title in the final game of the regular season.
The winner of Friday's game between Scott and Elizabethton will face either No. 2 Greeneville or No. 7 Grainger on Nov. 15. Greeneville captured the No. 2 seed as champion of District 2-AAwith a 10-0 record. Grainger made the playoffs as a wild card team with a record of 4-6.
If Greeneville, the state's second-ranked team in Class 4A, wins in the first round, the second round game will be at Greeneville. If Grainger springs an upset, the second round game will be at either Elizabethton or Huntsville.
Other games in Class 4A feature No. 1 Fulton against No. 8 Unicoi County and No. 4 Sullivan South against No. 5 Carter.
Fulton, the state's top-ranked Class 4A team, wrapped up the top seed with a 69-0 win over previously-unbeaten Carter in the regular season finale, capturing the District 3-AA championship with a 10-0 record. Unicoi County made the playoffs as a wild card team with a record of 4-6.
Sullivan South captured the No. 4 seed as runner-up in District 1-AA with a record of 9-1. Carter snagged the No. 5 seed as runner-up in District 3-AA with a record of 9-1.
The winners of the Fulton-Unicoi County and Sullivan South-Carter games will meet on Nov. 15 at the location of the higher-seeded team.
Other area teams making the playoffs included Coalfield and Sunbright in Class 1A.
Coalfield captured the No. 1 seed in Class 1A's first quadrant as champion of District 4-A with a record of 8-2. The Yellow Jackets will have a bye in the first round and will host Sunbright or Greenback on Nov. 15.
Sunbright is the No. 4 seed in Class 1A as a wild card team with a record of 7-3. Greenback is the No. 5 seed in Class 1A as a wild card team with a record of 6-4.
The other Class 1A game in the first quadrant features No. 6 Unaka at No. 3 Midway. The winner of that game will travel to No. 2 Cloudland on Nov. 15.
Campbell County (9-1) will host Gibbs (5-5) in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. The Cougars captured the No. 3 seed in the first quadrant as runner-up in District 5-AAA, while Gibbs made the playoffs as a wild card team.
The winner of that game will face the winner of Knox West (9-1) and David Crockett (5-5), the No. 2 and No. 7 seeds.
Other games in the first quadrant of Class 5A include No. 1 Anderson County (9-1) hosting No. 8 Cherokee (5-5), and No. 4 Tennessee High (6-4) hosting No. 5 South Doyle (6-4).
In Class 3A's first quadrant, No. 1 Alcoa (9-1) will host No. 8 York Institute (4-6) in the first round, with the inner facing No. 4 Sullivan South (6-4) or No. 5 Pigeon Forge (5-5).
CAK also made a late push to the playoffs in Class 3A and captured the No. 6 seed with a 4-6 record. The warriors will travel to No. 3 Gatlinburg-Pittman (8-2) for Friday's first round game. The winner will face No. 2 Chuckey-Doak (7-3) or No. 7 Johnson County (4-6).