Region 4-5A At A Glance
Last Years's Champion: Ooltewah won District 5-AAA; Rhea County wone District 6-AAA.
Team to beat: Ooltewah has 12 starters returning, including eight on defense, and the Owls feel good about replacing four of five offensive starters from 2014.
Watch out for: Cleveland is a young team, but most coaches in the district feel the Blue Raiders, with new coach Scott Cummins and his veer offense, will be the biggest challenge to Ooltewah and Rhea County.
Best game: Ooltewah hosts Rhea County on Septemeber 18.
Dream Schedule: Walker Valley has a chance at getting into the final two games unblemished in region play, so there could be plenty of confidence when the Mustangs play preseason favorites Rhea County and Ooltewah.
Nightmare Schedule: White County opens region play at Rhea County on Sept. 4, plays former district rival and neighbor Cookeville the next week and faces playoff probables Ooltewah, Walker Valley and Cleveland the last three weeks of the regular season.
Players to watch: The two who are best known heading into 2015 are both from Ooltewah - WR/RB Rashun Freeman and LB Jeremiah Jackson. Freeman was 5-AAA's receiver of the year and Jackson was its defensive player of the year in 2014.
Predicted order of finish: Ooltewah, Rhea County, Cleveland, Walker Valley, McMinn County, Soddy-Daisy, White County.