Hello, 2022 high school football season.
It has been a long eight months since the state championship games were played in Chattanooga.
Teams have gone through spring practice, summer workouts, 7-on-7 matchups, full-padded practices and scrimmages.
Now it is time for the season to kick off. Here are all of the West Tennessee teams outside of Shelby County ranked:
1. Haywood (13-1): The Tomcats reached the Class 4A semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Tullahoma after winning the Region 7-4A crown. Up next: Open week.
2. McKenzie (14-1): The Rebels finished as the Class 1A runner-up and are led by three-star athlete Marquez Taylor after winning the Class 7-1A title. Up next: At Huntingdon.
3. USJ (9-3): The Bruins reached the Division II-A semifinals after winning the West Region championship. Up next: Vs. Liberty.
4. Henry County (8-6): The Patriots reached the Class 5A semifinals after finishing runner-up in Region 7-5A. Up next: At Summit.
5. Hardin County (10-1): The Tigers played in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs after winning the Region 6-4A championship. Up next: Vs. North Side.
6. South Gibson (9-4): The Hornets have a new coach in Ben Johnson after reaching the Class 4A quarterfinals before losing to Haywood in overtime. Up next: At Lexington.
7. Covington (9-3): The Chargers reached the Class 3A quarterfinals after finishing runner-up in Region 7-3A. Up next: Vs. Munford (Thursday).
8. Riverside (12-2): The Panthers reached the Class 2A semifinals before losing to Westview, the eventual state championship, after winning the Region 6-2A crown. Up next: At McNairy Central.
9. Peabody (11-2): After winning three straight state championships, the Golden Tide reached the Class 1A semifinals before losing to McKenzie. Up next: At Milan (Thursday).
10. Huntingdon (9-3): The Mustangs reached the second round of the Class 2A playoffs before losing to MAHS, a school that is now defunct. Up next: Vs. McKenzie.
11. Jackson Christian (9-3): The Eagles reached the Division II-A state quarterfinals after finishing as runner-up to USJ in the West Region. Up next: at Northpoint Christian.
12. Westview (14-1): The Chargers are the defending Class 2A state champions, but five-star quarterback Ty Simpson is now at Alabama. Up next: Vs. Dresden (Saturday).
Rest of West Tennessee
13. Milan (4-6)
14. Dyersburg (12-1)
15. Union City (7-4)
16. Lexington (5-6)
17. Dresden (8-4)
18. Dyer County (6-4)
19. Lake County (7-4)
20. North Side (6-6)
21. Ripley (5-7)
22. West Carroll (8-4)
23. South Side (5-6)
24. Chester County (5-6)
25. Obion County (4-6)
26. TCA (4-7)
27. Fayette-Ware (6-3)
28. Gleason (6-5)
29. Crockett County (1-9)
30. Adamsville (4-7)
31. Gibson County (2-6)
32. Humboldt (4-7)
33. South Fulton (4-6)
34. Scotts Hill (3-7)
35. Bolivar (2-7)
36. McNairy Central (1-9)
37. Camden (2-7)
38. Greenfield (3-7)
39. Halls (1-9)
40. Fayette Academy (2-8)
41. Liberty (1-8)
42. Bruceton (0-7)
43. Middleton (1-6)