Sevier County, Gatlinburg-Pittman up a spot

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 05:55 PM

The county’s two ranked teams are moving in the right direction in the final week of the regular season.

Both Sevier County (8-1) and Gatlinburg-Pittman (7-2) moved up a spot in the latest Associated Press prep football rankings released on Monday afternoon. The Smoky Bears, after escaping Dandridge with a 42-35 win over Jefferson County, sit in fifth place in class 6A. Gatlinburg-Pittman had a bye last Friday after losing a thriller to unbeaten Carter on Oct. 18. The Highlanders still moved up a spot to seventh in the class 3A poll.

Gatlinburg-Pittman wraps up its regular season against District 3-AA rival Pigeon Forge (5-4) on Friday. Both teams are likely playoff-bound and the Tigers have won two in a row after a 3-4 start. Pigeon Forge finally won a close one last Friday, beating Claiborne 27-26, after losing three games this year by a combined six points.

The Bears have a big showdown Friday at South-Doyle (6-3) to wrap up the regular season. A win gives Sevier County an outright claim to the District 2-AAA title. The Cherokees’ only district loss this season came last Friday against Morristown East. Bears coach Steve Brewer said the game also will have a bearing on the route Sevier County will have to take when the postseason kicks off next week. The Bears’ only loss this fall is to class 6A No. 1 Maryville.

Henry County (5A), Fulton (4A), CPA (3A), Grace Christian (2A), South Pittsburg (A) and Ensworth (D-II) are the other top teams in this week’s poll.