The "Battle of the Bridge" draws a crowd, but Friday night's games for Loudon and Lenoir City mean more when all is said and done. The same goes for Greenback, which is coming off a loss to Gatlinburg-Pittman.
District play opens around the county. Lenoir City plays at home against Farragut and Loudon at home against Sweetwater. Meanwhile, the Cherokees will take to the road for the first time this season as they travel to Meigs County.
Greenback will need a win in what is the first of five consecutive road games for the Cherokees, which includes games at Coalfield and Oneida, two tough opponents.
Meigs County is a team the Cherokees should handle easily. The Tigers are coming off a 30-point loss to a Sweetwater team Greenback beat 41-14. Even so, Jason Hicks said his Greenback team is no going to overlook Friday's game.
"They're pretty athletic," Hicks said. "I thought they had a chance to make some plays against Sweetwater. They were still getting a lot of those first-game jitters out. They're athletic and they're very well coached, so we better be prepared because they'll have something for us."
There will be no chance to overlook the opponent where Lenoir City is concerned. Farragut enters Friday's game with a win over Oak Ridge and a one-point loss to Dobyns-Bennett.
"They run well, throw well, they're fast, they're big, they're a good football team," Lenoir City coach Mike Zeller said.
Farragut is led by a senior quarterback in Bryan Phillips and a host of good athletes at the skill positions.
"They're dangerous," Zeller said. "They can put points on you in a hurry."
Loudon also finds themselves in a position where overlooking a team is not an option. The Redskins are 0-2 and going against a team they beat just 8-7 in 2012.
"They really stepped it up last week against Meigs County," Loudon coach Jeff Harig said. "That was the difference. Greenback was able to limit their big plays and Meigs County wasn't.
"They've got a tailback, (Ashaunde) Thaxton, who creates some big plays, not only in the running game, but the passing game," he said. "The quarterback, (Andrew) Barr, is a guy who can extend plays with his mobility and has a really good arm."
All three teams go into Friday night with similar concerns, limiting turnovers.
Turning the ball over was a big reason both Loudon and Greenback suffered losses Friday, while Lenoir City made things much more difficult on themselves as well in the win over the Redskins.
"It's a big concern," Harig said. " It's what's kept us off the scoreboard these last two weeks.
"A team doesn't have to do a whole lot when you're laying the ball on the ground," he said. "Those are correctable mistakes, those are things we practice. We've just got to put it into action."
Part of correcting those mistakes will be to find big plays on offense or better sustain long drives, something they have failed to do so far this season. Finding those big play becomes even harder with Tyler Ferguson sidelined for an unknown amount of time with an injury.
Zeller said it's a matter of execution.
"We've just got to work on taking care of the ball and not make so many mistakes," he said. "We cleaned it up in the second half (against Loudon) and did a little better."
The Panthers will be without senior running back Caleb Wilson, who suffered a leg injury Friday night.
For Greenback, limiting turnovers has been a focus since early in the preseason and remains a focus. It's all part of the Cherokees' goal to improve each and every day.
"We'll always game plan and tweak a few things, add a few things and take some things out," Hicks said. "But we focus on the fundamentals every day and getting better every day."