published Friday, October 14th, 2011

Cleveland’s Voytik in TV documentary

Cleveland High School senior quarterback Chad Voytik will be featured in the national television premier of “The Ride: The Road to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.”

The six-part 30-minute documentary series, which highlights the journey of Voytik and Cyler Miles from the regular season to their arrival in San Antonio for the Army All-American Bowl, will begin airing on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. EDT on the Versus Network.

Miles is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound University of Washington quarterback commitment who plays for J.K. Mullen High in Denver, Colo.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Voytik, who has committed to the University of Pittsburgh, has helped Cleveland return to the playoff picture by winning three of its last four games.

“‘The Ride’ has not only received critical acclaim from the media since its debut three years ago but has struck a chord with fans nationwide,” said Kate McGuinness, executive producer of “The Ride” and a partner with All American Games. “We have been thrilled with the tremendous support and excitement from our fans — across TV, the web and social media — and are ready to deliver what we believe is our most intense, dramatic and inspiring season yet.

“The show will chronicle their senior seasons on the field as well as the off-field trials each face as high-profile recruits preparing for the world of big-time college football.”

Next Friday’s Bradley Central at Cleveland rivalry game will also be telecast nationally on ESPNU as well as in this area on ThisTV.

Signal Mountain record won’t hurt opponents

Even if the TSSAA’s Board of Control upholds the ruling that Signal Mountain must vacate six of its wins this season for playing an ineligible player, the losses won’t affect the opponents’ wild-card chances.

Signal Mountain is 1-2 overall and 1-0 in District 7-AA after beating Chattanooga Christian on Thursday. If the ruling is upheld, the Eagles cannot catch either Bledsoe County or Sequatchie County for the district’s two automatic playoff berths, and with only one regular-season game remaining they will not have enough victories for a wild-card berth.

While each team that lost to Signal Mountain will keep that as a defeat, both Bledsoe and South Pittsburg — two teams that lost to the Eagles but have already qualified for playoff berths — as well as Blackman and Polk County, two teams that beat Signal Mountain and have qualified for the playoffs, will not have Signal Mountain’s updated record held against them in playoff seedings.

TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress told the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro in a text that teams that have played Signal Mountain “won’t be penalized” in the playoff criteria.

“It would not be fair otherwise,” Childress said in the text.

The second criteria in the TSSAA wild-card format is the number of teams that won 50 percent or more of their games. The third criteria is the number of wins over teams that have won 50 percent or more of their games. The wild-card criteria are used to seed teams in the playoffs as well as select the teams that don’t win the district or finish runners-up.

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