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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Joe Shamblin was up most of Monday night, battling through a gut-wrenching virus.

On the drive home from his first game as head basketball coach at Notre Dame High School, Brad Harris wondered if he had made the right career choice.

Hey, somebody plunk those guys at Signal Mountain in the ribs, make sure they're awake and them emphasize to them that they're in the playoffs.

For those who cannot yet comprehend the notion, Cleveland has secured the District 5-AAA championship regardless of the outcome of the Blue Raiders' Thursday game at Soddy-Daisy.

Copper Basin and Boyd-Buchanan don’t play until Oct. 29 but each already has secured a playoff spot, Copper Basin in Class 1A and Boyd-Buchanan in 2A. The winner of this game will secure the District 5-A championship and perhaps improve its postseason seeding.

With just three weeks remaining in the Tennessee high school football regular season, there is very little playoff clarity yet, even with the format tweaks since last year.

Have you noticed those playoffs rankings the TSSAA is releasing every Tuesday?

Cleveland free and clear of allegations of wrongdoing that were leveled a couple of weeks ago.

Cleveland football could be on a skewer before the week is out, leaving one to ask how big a mess will we have in District 5-AAA and has the Blue Raiders’ Oct. 28 game with Soddy-Daisy lost its luster?

Hargis: Pads popping in Tennessee

Annual prep tour kicks off practice

What started as a fun idea has turned into a tradition and the one event I get asked about more than any other that I cover.

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