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Coaches poll has Roane teams looking up

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

Coaches spend the most time with their team and observing other teams.
Fans of Roane County’s five football teams, however, are hoping they have missed out on their preseason predictions, as no team from Roane County has been picked to win a district title according to the 2013 Murphy Fair’s Coaches Poll.
The highest projected finishing team in Roane County this season is Rockwood. John Webb’s Tigers are picked to finish second overall in District 3-A behind Grace Christian Academy.
The Rams are a solid pick to win the district for the third straight year. Grace Christian returns seven starters on both sides of the ball from a team that advanced to the TSSAA Class 2A quarterfinals in 2012.
Two other teams from Roane County are in District 3-A with Midway picked fifth overall with Harriman coming in sixth.
Greenback (3), Meigs County (4) and Tellico Plains (7) round out District 3-A.
Grace Christian is picked No. 2 overall in the state in Class 2A while Rockwood comes in at No. 11.
Oliver Springs is the next highest team according to the coaches. The Bobcats are picked third in District 4-A behind Coalfield at Oneida.
Coalfield is picked to win the district and they are ranked No. 2 overall in the state in Class 1A. Oneida is No. 10 overall in Class 2A.
Wartburg (4), Sunbright (5), Oakdale (6) and Jellico (7) are the remaining teams in District 4-A.
Kingston is tabbed fourth overall in District 4-AA. District 4-AA is considered the toughest district in the state with Alcoa and Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) ranked first and second overall in Class 3A entering the season.
Alcoa won seven straight state championships from 2004-10. That streak was stopped in 2011 and 2012 when CAK dethroned the Tornadoes.
Knoxville Catholic comes in third overall in District 4-AA and No. 15 in Class 4A.
Scott is projected fifth in District 4-AA.