Some old foes are gone from the football schedules for the 2013 local high school season as area coaches are hard at work filling up the slate after the TSSAA made some redistricting moves.
Except for Greeneville, who still has one open date to fill, the five local schools have completed their schedules, and there are plenty of changes in the works for all of them.
South Greene has the most changes, which is understandable since the Rebels will be changing classification, moving from the Class AA Blue Ridge Athletic Conference to the Class A Mountain East Conference in 2013.
Coach Shawn Jones said that except for local teams Chuckey-Doak, West Greene and North Greene, the remainder of the 2013 slate is completely changed. Gone are long-time rivals David Crockett and Unicoi County, who have played South Greene for a number of years, plus all the other former Blue Ridge opponents: Grainger, Cumberland Gap, Claiborne and Greeneville.
The Rebs will open the season in 2013 on "zero week" against Sullivan Central at home. Their other home games will be North Greene in Week 4, West Greene in Week 5, Cloudland in Week 8 and Hampton in Week 9.
Road tilts will be at Chuckey-Doak on Week 1, Tri-Cities Christian on Week 2, Unaka on Week 6, Cosby on Week 7 and Hancock County on Week 10.
South Greene's open date is Week 3.
The Rebels are now part of the seven-team Region 1-A which includes district foes North Greene, Unaka, Cosby, Cloudland, Hampton and Hancock.
Meanwhile, the Blue Ridge is down to six teams (Greeneville, Chuckey-Doak, West Greene, Claiborne, Grainger and Cumberland Gap), after the exit of South Greene, and that means most BRAC teams must pick up an extra non-conference foe.
Greeneville, as expected, is having the toughest time filling a schedule, and Coach Caine Ballard is still looking for a game.
Thus far, the Greene Devils have home games against Chuckey-Doak on Week 2, Harlan County (Ky.) on Week 5, Grainger on Week 6 and Signal Mountain on Week 7.
Road games are at Morristown West on Week 1, Jefferson County on Week 3, Claiborne on Week 4, West Greene on Week 8 and Cumberland Gap on Week 10.
That leaves the Devils with an open date, either on "Zero Week" (which falls on Aug. 23 next season) or Week 9.
This year's non-conference foes of Science Hill, Alcoa and Franklin County are not currently on the agenda. Also missing is South Greene, who dropped to Class A.
North Greene Coach Josh Edens is pleased with his schedule, although he noted "we'll have to be road warriors early in the year."
After a "Zero Week" opener at home to Chuckey-Doak, the Huskies will go on the road four straight weeks -- at Cumberland Gap, at Hancock, at West Greene and at South Greene. Week 5 is their open date.
Four of the five final games of the year are at The Tundra, with Hampton Week 6, Cosby Week 8, Unaka Week 9, and Tri-Cities Christian Week 10. There is one road game on Week 7 at Cloudland.
"I thought our schedule was a bit too strong on the back-end the last two years, so I like this better," Edens said, "although the way it worked out we've got those road games the first half."
North Greene's foes are the same as last year, with the exception of Cumberland Gap replacing Jellico.
Chuckey-Doak Coach Aaron Christian has picked up non-conference games against David Crockett and Pigeon Forge, dropping Unicoi County and Unaka.
The Knights open on "Zero Week" at North Greene, then come right back the next week to host South Greene. Week 2 they go to Burley Stadium to play Greeneville, then are home to Cosby on Week 3. Road games follow at Grainger and Crockett.
Three straight home games on Week 6, 7 and 8 are with Cumberland Gap, Pigeon Forge and Claiborne. The bye week is Week 9, followed by a season finale at rival West Greene.
Coach Joe Case also has some new faces on his schedule, dropping Cherokee, Oneida and Unaka. Newcomers are Morristown East, Cosby and Madison County (N.C.)
The Buffs will open on "Zero Week" and will participate in the annual "Morristown Kick-Off." The Buffs will take on Morristown East next season and will play Morristown West in 2014.
A road trip to Cosby follows on Week 1, then the first home tilt is a conference showdown with Grainger on Week 2. North Greene visits Week 3. The Buffs then go to Cumberland Gap, South Greene and Claiborne on successive weeks.
Madison County will play at Jim Sauceman Field on Week 7, Greeneville pays a visit on Week 8, and after the open date on Week 9, the Buffs host Chuckey-Doak to close out the year.