Aug. 23

at Sunbright

Last season: The Tigers finished 1-8 last season. Sunbright’s lone win was a 28-8 victory at Oakdale in week 6. The Tigers scored just 74 points in 2018 while giving up 40 points or more seven times.

Notes: Sunbright reached the playoffs in four of the previous five seasons prior to last season. It will be the longest road trip of the season for Red Boiling Springs. The Tigers won three consecutive season openers from 2015-17.


Sept. 6

vs. Monterey

Last season: The Wildcats finished 5-6 last season, placed third in Region 4-1A and suffered a 53-15 loss at South Pittsburg. Monterey won five of six games after dropping its first four games of the season. The Wildcats averaged better than 25 points per game last season.

Notes: Monterey has made the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons. It will be the 4-1A opener between the two teams.


Sept. 13

at Jackson County

Last season: The Blue Devils finished with a 1-9 record last season. Jackson County’s lone win was a 14-0 victory at Red Boiling Springs. Jackson County was outscored by a 327-76 margin last season.

Notes: The Blue Devils reached the playoffs in eight of the previous nine years prior to last season. Sean Loftis is in the fourth season of his second stint as the head coach at Jackson County, after previously leading the Blue Devils from 2008-14.


Sept. 20

at Jo Byrns

Last season: The Red Devils posted a 6-5 record last season, placing second in Region 4-1A before suffering a 17-14 loss to visiting Lookout Valley in the opening round of the playoffs. Jo Byrns posted three shutouts last season, and the Red Devils limited opponents to 14.4 points per game.

Notes:  Jo Byrns has reached the playoffs in 12 of the last 14 seasons, finishing as the Class A state runner-up in both 2008 and 2014.


Sept. 27

at Oakdale

Last season: The Eagles finished 1-9 last season, with their lone victory coming in week 2 (a 12-8 win over visiting Jellico). Oakdale was forced to forfeit its final three games due to not having enough healthy players to compete. The Eagles scored just 27 points in the seven games they competed in.

Notes: Oakdale has never won a playoff game, having made just three playoff appearances (from 2014-16) over the last 23 seasons. The Eagles won 19 games over during those three seasons in which they reached the postseason.


Oct. 4

vs. Gordonsville

Last season: The Tigers finished 9-3 and won their second consecutive Region 4-1A championship before suffering a 27-14 loss to visiting South Pittsburg in the second round of the playoffs. Gordonsville’s three losses came to teams with a combined record of 34-7.

Notes: The Tigers have reached the playoffs in 24 of the last 26 seasons, winning the Class 1A state title in 2012.


Oct. 11

vs. Clinton County (Kentucky)

Last season: The Bulldogs posted a 9-1 record last season. Clinton County averaged 41.8 points per game last season.

Notes: The Bulldogs lost their quarterback, top two rushers, second-leading receiver and top tackler to graduation. However, Clinton County returns two of its top three receivers in senior Chase Stines (20 receptions, 328 yards and 2 touchdowns) and junior Parker Tallent (30-300-6).


Oct. 18

at Hart County

Last season: The Raiders finished 7-4 last season, suffering a 50-7 loss to Paducah-Tilghman in the opening round of the Class 3A Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. Hart County averaged 30.4 points per game but also allowed 27.3 points per game.

Notes: The Raiders lost its top two defensive players, their quarterback and two of their top three running backs. However, junior Dustin Butler – the team’s second-leading rusher last season (79 carries, 838 yards and 11 touchdowns) – and junior Devin Roten – the team’s leading receiver (29 receptions, 708 yards and 10 touchdowns) – return.


Oct. 25

vs. Pickett County

Last season: The Bobcats finished with a 3-8 record last season. However, Pickett County’s three wins came over teams with a combined total of four victories. The Bobcats were outscored 388-185 last season.

Notes: Pickett County is in search of its first playoff appearance in the history of the program. Red Boiling Springs had won nine consecutive games over the Bobcats prior to last season.


Nov. 2

vs. Clay County

Last season: The Bulldogs finished 5-6 last season before suffering a 56-6 loss at Whitwell in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs. Clay County allowed 25.9 points per game last season.

Notes: The Bulldogs made their second consecutive playoff appearance despite reaching the postseason just three times over the previous 18 seasons. Clay County is under the direction of second-year head coach Jake Johnson, who was hired after Matthew Bates was relieved of his duties following the Bulldogs’ second game last season (a 36-14 win at Red Boiling Springs).