Why do highschool soccer plans look so totally different in 2021? | Sports activities
High school football schedules won’t look the same in northeast Tennessee as school enrollment and school consolidation affected the landscape for the regions.
It will be a year of adaptation as teams get used to six new leagues – five of which have smaller and required teams that add games outside of the region. That has several area schools one game less, including the two-time defending champion of Class 4A state champion Elizabethton.
Here’s a look at the area team schedule makeup as your thoughts wander to the season openers slated for August 20th.
The league has gone from seven to six teams and is in a strange shape. It starts in Kingsport and goes all the way to Maryville. Knoxville schools are no longer in the mix.
The Indians open at Tennessee High ahead of their home debut against Volunteers. Game # 3 is the region’s opening game in Morristown East.
Other games in the area include West Ridge (week 5), Jefferson County (week 7), at William Blount (week 9), and Science Hill (week 11). The Indians will also play David Crockett at home while Greeneville and Oak Ridge are out.
The Hilltoppers kept their traditional opener against Elizabethton and will face another Class 4A power in Anderson County for their second game.
The regional opener is on week 3 against West Ridge.
Other Science Hill region games include William Blount (week 5), Morristown East (week 7), Jefferson County (week 9) and DB.
Science Hill will also play Powell, Maryville, and Daniel Boone.
The first game in Wolves history will take place at Volunteer, followed by another Road Tilt in Week 2 against Daniel Boone.
West Ridge gets its first taste of the region game against Science Hill (September 3) and at Dobyns-Bennett (September 17) in about a week. Other league games are scheduled for Week 7 (William Blount), Week 9 (Morristown East) and Week 11 (Jefferson County).
The Wolves also play Cherokee at David Crockett and Tennessee High.
Shrunk from seven teams to five, these schools had to find additional non-regional games.
The Trailblazers will head to South Greene for the season opener before hosting West Ridge.
Boone’s first region game is Week 3 in Cherokee. The Trailblazers also play in Morristown West (Week 5), Tennessee High (Week 9), and David Crockett (Week 10).
Other out-of-league games are at Elizabethton, Christian Academy of Knoxville, Science Hill, and Hampton.
The Pioneers’ schedule includes games against teams from Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.
After opening in Sullivan East, the Pioneers will travel again in Week 2 to play Letcher County Central in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Crockett’s first regional game is against Morristown West on September 3, followed by Tennessee High (week 5), Cherokee (week 7) and Boone.
Other non-conference games include DB, Pisgah (from Canton, North Carolina), West Ridge, and Richlands, Virginia.
After the season opener against Cocke County, the Chiefs will visit Seymour.
League games other than Boone and Crockett are in Morristown West (Week 9) and Tennessee High (Week 11).
Other non-regional games are at Clinton, West Ridge, West Greene and Volunteer.
That league fell from seven to six teams.
The two-time defending champions of class 4A could not find a 10th opponent. Head coach Shawn Witten said he’s still trying to fill out Monday’s schedule but things are starting to look bleak.
Elizabethton will join the battle against Science Hill before hosting Rhea County.
The showdown comes earlier this year as the Cyclones will host Greeneville on September 3rd. Other league games are at Grainger (week 5), at Sullivan East (week 8), at Volunteer (week 9) and at Seymour (week 11).
Outside the region, Elizabethton will play Boone and Anderson County.
Elizabethton has farewell weeks on October 8th and 22nd.
David Crockett is first, followed by a street game against Pigeon Forge.
In the region, the Patriots play Grainger (week 3), in Seymour (week 5), Elizabethton, in Greeneville (week 9) and Volunteer (week 11).
Outside the region, East will also play in Johnson County, Unicoi County, and Union County.
The Falcons first reach West Ridge before visiting the DB.
They play in the Open Region against Seymour (week 3) and also play in Greeneville (week 5), Grainger (week 7) before closing with Elizabethton and East.
Non-regional games are held in Johnson County, Tennessee High, and Cherokee.
That league saw a drop from six teams to five.
Visiting Northview Academy marks the start of the season for the Blue Devils, who will be hosting Cosby in week 2.
League games are Claiborne (week 5), Chuckey-Doak (week 7), West Greene (week 9) and Johnson County (week 11).
Unicoi also plays non-regional games in Madison, North Carolina, Happy Valley, Sullivan East, and Cloudland.
A rival comes first when the Longhorns visit Hampton in week 2 before heading to Chuckey-Doak for the region’s kick-off in week 3.
Other regional games are West Greene (week 5), Claiborne (week 7) and Unicoi.
Games outside of the area include Sullivan East, Volunteer, Happy Valley, South Greene, and Cloudland.
A five-team league shrank to four.
The Bulldogs meet Pigeon Forge to start their season before playing against the Longhorns.
Region games take place in week 5 (at Happy Valley), week 7 (South Greene) and week 9 (Cumberland Gap).
Outside the region, other games are held in Avery County, Newland, North Carolina, Cloudland, Gatlinburg-Pittman, Unaka, and Daniel Boone.
The Warriors have only nine games planned, including the season opener at Cloudland.
A home game against Chucky-Doak follows.
Region Play begins Week 3 in South Greene. Other league games are Hampton and Cumberland Gap (week 7).
Non-regional games are held in Unicoi County, Unaka, Johnson Counties, and Pigeon Forge.
It is the only area that has expanded from four to five teams.
The Highlanders also only play nine games, starting with Happy Valley before opening the region game at Unaka in Week 2.
Other games in the area include Cosby (week 5), Jellico (week 9) and North Greene (week 11).
Other non-regional games include Hampton, West Greene, Unicoi County, and Johnson County.
In a rare appointment situation, the Rangers open the first two weeks with regional games: in North Greene and at home for Cloudland.
Other regional competitions take place in Jellico (week 5) and Cosby (week 9).
The Rangers also play Twin Springs (Nickelsville, Virginia), Happy Valley, Harlan (Kentucky), Claiborne, Hampton, and Jenkins (Kentucky).