The first week of high school football amid the COVID-19 pandemic saw masks, social distancing, comebacks and shutouts.
Here are the top 10 football teams in the Knoxville area in Week 2:
1. Alcoa (1-0): Alcoa struggled protecting the ball in its 35-7 win over Blackman, turning the ball over four times. The Tornadoes defense, however, forced three turnovers and held Blackman to 16 yards of total offense. Alcoa faces Austin-East on Friday. Last week: No. 1.
2. Central (1-0): Coach Nick Craney earned his first career win as Central defeated Cleveland 26-16. Wide receiver Liam Fortner, an Army commitment, rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Central hosts Fulton on Friday. Last week: No. 2.
3. Maryville (1-0): Maryville’s new starting quarterback, Carson Jones, threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns in Maryville’s 49-7 win over William Blount. Maryville has an open week this week. Last week: No. 3.
4. West (0-0): West’s game against Bearden was canceled after Bearden shut down football practices for two weeks Aug. 16 because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19. West hosts Farragut on Saturday. Last week: No. 4.
5. Oak Ridge (1-0): The Wildcats shut out Hardin Valley 40-0, forcing two turnovers and holding Hardin Valley to 139 yards of total offense. Oak Ridge hosts Dobyns-Bennett on Friday. Last week: No. 5.
6. Catholic (1-0): Catholic hosts Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, a private school from the Dallas area that has Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders as its offensive coordinator. Last week: No. 6.
7. Anderson County (1-0): Anderson County wide receiver Cam Thomas caught three passes in a 41-6 win against Clinton. Two of his catches were touchdowns. Anderson County hosts Powell on Thursday. Last week: No. 7.
8. Powell (1-0): Powell quarterback Jordyn Potts passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-24 win over Beech, including throwing the game-winning 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ayden Greene with five seconds to play. Powell faces Anderson County on Thursday. Last week: No. 10.
9. Farragut (1-0): Running back Dion Williams scored the go-ahead seven-yard touchdown with less than five minutes to play in Farragut’s 25-21 win over Bradley Central. Farragut travels to West on Saturday. Last week: No. 8.
10. McMinn County (1-0): McMinn County shut out McMinn Central 20-0, which is the third straight year McMinn County has shut out the Chargers. McMinn County faces Sequoyah on Friday. Last week: No. 9.