McMinn County 34, Bradley Central 29
ATHENS, Tenn. (WRCB) -- McMinn County erased an early 21-point deficit with 34 consecutive points to claim its second straight District 5-AAA championship in a 34-29 win over rival Bradley Central.
The Cherokees (9-1, 6-0) lock up a home date in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs with the win. The Bears (6-4, 4-2) are likely in the bracket as well, but will have to wait until its released Saturday morning to learn its seed and situation.
Bradley jumped out to a quick 21-0 on two touchdown catches by Cal Pickel and a short Logan Fetzner run.
McMinn County took over from there, getting a combined 232 yards rushing and three scores from the dynamic running back duo of Kelvin Wells and Dre Sanders.
Austin Fairbanks returned an interception 83 yards to put the Cherokees ahead for good at 27-21. Quarterback Corbin Powers also added a touchdown run.
Bradley's Bryce Copeland finished with 329 yards passing and two scores, but was also sacked five times by McMinn's Aaron Kimpson.
Notre Dame 62, Grundy County 22
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Alex Darras threw for 168 yards and three touchdowns and Ricky Ballard scored twice on the ground as Notre Dame clinched a playoff spot with a 62-22 drubbing of visiting Grundy County.
The Irish (7-3, 4-1 in district play) locked up second place in District 7-AA with the win and the guaranteed postseason berth that comes with it. The Yellow Jackets (5-5, 3-2) will nervously wait to learn their fate when the TSSAA releases its playoff brackets Saturday morning.
Josh Rhea's 56-yard run gave Grundy the early lead, but Notre Dame answered with 20 straight points on two Darras touchdown passes and Kareem Orr's 61-yard run.
The Irish took a 27-14 lead into the half, then exploded for five scores in the second half to put the game away.
Ballard finished with 131 yards rushing on just ten carries. Darras tossed two scores to Nick Chambers and one to Tanner Webb while also scoring on a one-yard run.
Ooltewah 56, Walker Valley 7
CHARLESTON, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Rested and refreshed off a bye week, Ooltewah ran wild in a 56-7 romp over host Walker Valley.
The Owls (7-3, 4-2 in 5-AAA) racked up 304 yards rushing and 49 points before intermission en route to clinching a playoff spot by finishing second in District 5-AAA.
It's likely that Ooltewah will earn a home date in the first round of the 5A bracket, which will be announced Saturday. Walker Valley (5-5, 2-4) will cross its fingers for a spot, but hurt its chances with the loss.
Desmond Pittman was the workhorse for Ooltewah, piling up 154 yards and two scores. Jon Hill added 76 yards and two scores, while T.J. Davis rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown.
The Owls, who finished with 352 rushing yards on the night, also got a defensive score from defensive end Michael Reubusch on an 18-yard interception return.
Gabe Cartwright's 97-yard kickoff return provided the only points for Walker Valley. The Mustangs were held to just 137 yards of total offense.