The 2022 Knoxville Area Predictions We Missed


Ahead of the start of Tennessee high school football in 2022, PrepXtra made predictions about where each Knoxville-area high school football team would end up in their area this season.

Although I wasn’t here in Knoxville at the time – I officially landed from the plane in week 6 of the regular season – it’s nice to see what my predecessor Emily Adams thought he was. would happen and see where they went wrong. The only region not below is Division II-A East where they accurately predicted that Rockwood, the only team in our coverage, would finish third in the region.

That said, let’s take a look at our misses from each region:

Jefferson County, Region 1-6A

Pre-season forecast: 2nd

Where they ended: 3rd

The Patriots finished one spot below our preseason expectations, but improved from their fourth-place finish in the region last year. Unlike the previous season, he beat West Ridge 61-35.

Farragut, Region 2-6A

Pre-season forecast: 5th

Where they ended: 2nd

Much of our failure with Farragut has to do with the impact of a few key transfers on the offensive side of the ball – quarterback Luke Johnson from Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Fla., and trade-off wide receiver Ashton Auker. by William Blount. However, if Maryville had lost in Week 11, the Admirals would have won 2-6A.

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Morristown West, Region 1-5A

Pre-season forecast: 3rd

Where they ended: 2nd

Morristown West lost just one regional game, falling to Daniel Boone 38-7.

Knoxville Halls, Region 2-5A

Pre-season forecast: 2nd

Where they ended: 4th

A 7-0 loss to Sevier County played a big part in Halls finishing two places below what we expected before the season.

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Clinton, Region 3-5A

Pre-season forecast: 4th

Where they ended: 6th

Clinton lost all of her district matchups, sealing her last spot after losing to fifth-placed Lenoir City 24-20.

McMinn County, Region 4-5A

Pre-season forecast: 2nd

Where they ended: 1st

After finishing second in the area last year with a district record of 3-1, McMinn County has moved on to go undefeated in area play.

Grainger, Region 1-4A

Pre-season forecast: 6th

Where they ended: 3rd

Grainger clinched three spots above our forecast after winning their last two regional matchups against Seymour and Volunteer, both by a score of 28-7.

Gibbs, Region 2-4A

Pre-season forecast: 4th

Where they ended: 2nd

Even with the adversity of having to play his regular season on a different football field due to the delayed construction of his stadium this year, he finished two spots above our projections. A decisive regional win was a 42-26 win over Carter.

Gatlinburg-Pittman, Region 2-3A

Pre-season forecast: 3rd

Where they ended: 2nd

The Highlanders finished one spot higher after losing just one game in their district to seven-time defending state champion Alcoa, 52-17. The emergence of Brady Hammonds at quarterback is one of the reasons for this success.

Sweetwater, Region 3-3A

Pre-season forecast: 4th

Where they ended: 1st

Last season, Sweetwater was fourth in the region with a 1-4 regional record. Things have changed this season. The program landed atop the region after sweeping its competition.

Oneida, Region 2-2A

Pre-season forecast: 1st

Where they ended: 4th

Oneida beat Wartburg Central 30-6 to win their first regional game of the season, then lost their next three district games to end the season fourth out of five teams.

Cosby, Region 1-1A

Pre-season forecast: 5th

Where they ended: 3rd

Cosby split his four regional games, winning 48-21 over Jellico and 41-26 over North Greene.

Oliver Springs, Region 1-2A

The Bobcats finished second in the region after losing just one regional game, a 50-0 shutout to league champion Coalfield.

Pre-season forecast: 6th

Where they ended: 2nd

Grace Christian Academy, Division II-AA East

Pre-season forecast: 7th

Where they ended: 5th

To finish two places above our expectations, Grace Christian Academy won two of its six regional matchups, beating Notre Dame 35-18 and Christian Academy of Knoxville 40-14.

Knoxville Catholic, Division II-AAA East/Middle

Pre-season forecast: 4th

Where they ended: 5th

Knoxville Catholic finished one spot lower than expected and was hurt by its four-game slip to end the season – two of those games being district contests.

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