Ooltewah Picked to Win Rough and Rugger Region 3 5A This Fall
Ooltewah, TN-(WDEF) The Ooltewah and Rhea County football teams were a combined 24-2 last season.
So it’s not surprising those two schools are expected to lead the rough and rugged Region 3 5A this fall.
Schools from the region met at The Bridge in Ooltewah for their preseason media day.
Media and coaches picked Ooltewah to win the region this season. Owls coach Mac Bryan says his team has the numbers to be really competitive.
"We’re right now sitting with a varsity roster of 88 people. Once our ninth grade gets up to the full speed, we think we’ll have 125 to 135 kids in the program."
McMinn County may not have the numbers like Ooltewah, but they may have good chemistry.
Said head coach Bo Cagle,"This group may not be as talented as the teams we’ve had in the past, but I’ve got a good feeling about them. As coaches sometimes, you’ve got a good feeling."
Cleveland has a new coach in Scott Cummings, who is bringing his veer offense to the Blue Raiders.
"They’ve got way more offensive line calls now than maybe they’ve had. The communication aspet of what we do is very difficult on the front end to learn."
Soddy Daisy coach Justin Barnes is glad star receiver Tre Carter will suit up again. Carter is also a stand-out baseball player.
"It was never a question of whether he was or wasn’t. He is still doing some baseball things. He’s actually off right now at an invite from the Chicago Cubs."
Walker Valley will be tested early as they open with rival Bradley Central.
Said head coach Glen Ryan,"We’re not going to ease in to our year this year." To which Bo Cagle sarcastically hollers, "Wear them out." Chuckles Ryan,"That’s going to be tough right there."
Rhea County has a doozie mid-season, traveling to play Cathedral of Indiana in an NFL stadium.
Said Eagles head coach Mark Pemberton,"And I found out through the process they’ve won five state titles in-a-row, and they’re the winningest program in Indiana history. It’s going to be an exciting trip for our kids. They’re going to get a chance to go up and play in Lucas Oil Stadium."