published Monday, October 17th, 2011

Andrew Price has breakout game for Signal Mountain Eagles

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    Signal Mountain's Andrew Price carries the ball against South Pittsburg during a September home game.
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In one rainy night on a muddy track, Andrew Price jumped from third to first among Signal Mountain rushing leaders and from fourth to second among its touchdown-makers.

The senior, a nephew of Eagles coach Bill Price, earned Times Free Press Player of the Week honors by rushing for 333 yards and six touchdowns in his team's 76-35 victory over Chattanooga Christian.

It gave him reason to remember his 18th birthday, which came the day after his record-setting performance in his team's final regular season home game. The Eagles are off this week but will play at Sequatchie County on Oct. 28.

"Andrew has been very consistent," Price said. "He hasn't gotten a lot of the limelight others have gotten, but he has been our most consistent player over the last two seasons. Over three seasons he has rushed for close to 2,000 yards."

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Price had a neck injury last year that slowed him some, and he was hampered early this year by first a groin strain and then a pulled hamstring. Still, before Friday night he was averaging close to five yards per carry. Now, his per-rush average is up to 7.7 yards.

"He does a lot of the dirty work, too. He'll do the blocking and carry the ball on short-yardage plays. He'll lead block. He does the things that don't get you the glory. He's probably had more carries than anybody that's played here,' Price said.

While noting his nephew's willingness to sacrifice, he also talked about his willingness to step up.

"We had some people missing and some people banged up and he took the responsibility and did a great job with it," the coach said. "There's no doubt he's a team player. Last year he hurt his neck against South Pittsburg, but the next week he's out there playing and blocking with a neck brace on. Those are the kids that might get overlooked, but that's what makes a team successful and we have a bunch of kids like that."

It's doubtful that Price will play at the next level so his playing days are winding down.

"Yeah, his playing days are probably over but that's OK. He has a [championship] ring on his finger, and he's had a very successful career," the coach said. "I'd like to see him come back and coach with me. He'd be an asset, but I don't think that's the route he wants to go. He's looking at turf management, but whatever he does he'll be successful."

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fan said...

Andrew is a tough kid but his real size is 5'5"maybe 5'6" and about 155-160, why do you think he was behind the other 2 guys, also alot of runners have gotten a ton of yards against "that opponent"on Thursday because of a very weak defense, the difference is those other teams pulled their "starters" once the game got out of hand, but congratulations Andrew on getting 333 yards vs. the scout team

October 17, 2011 at 8:57 a.m.
sunnyday13 said...

It was senior night and his season has come to an abrupt end, let him run. Now let's watch the Signal bashing comments come rolling in, you're like vultures...

October 17, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
fan said...

FYI" sunnday13, yes it was "Senior Night" but for some strange reason many of the non-starting "Seniors" only played a handful of plays at the very end ( I know several of the parents of these players and they were not happy as well as embarressed !) If Signal would just quit trying to make up excuses for their coach, they could move forward, every senior football players career comes to an end, I see no other team at any level humiliating an opposing team during senior night, he has a right to do whatever he wants,it doesn't matter anymore, it is already old news but if Signal in any way cares about their reputation ( I think they would) win with character, show good sportsmanship because a reputation lasts forever Signal, I know your school is a lot better than this, don't let one person bring down what the community has worked hard for

October 17, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
LZD2011 said...

thanks FAN- I was thinking the same thing. They said they were going to keep the seniors in because they only had 2 more games? Well DUH! CCS's seniors had only 2 more games and so does everyone else, That didn't make sense to me! And, it was bad when they already had, I believe, 68 points on the "State Championship Scoreboard" and decided to score again with 2 mins left. I am sorry if sunnyday13 thinks we are bashing, but I am just stating a FACT!

October 17, 2011 at 1 p.m.
lawstudent43 said...

I should think drug sellers, hustlers and protitutes walking the streets is what creates a bad reputation. I would have thought daily drive-by shootings, and street gangs, and vandalism is what creates a bad reputation. Gee, I would never have guessed the local high school not turning in paper work correctly for one football player would constitute a bad reputation for the entire community. Imagine how backwards in my thinking I've been for so long. HOW DARE SIGNAL MT.! I'm moving to Tunnel Blvd. TODAY, so I can build back up my good name.

October 17, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

I believe the "bad reputation" is the fact that Coach Price wants to run up the score. Just like I stated before, he made sure his team scored as many points as possible, even being up 38 points with 2 mins left in the game and still scoring. And this wasn't by the second string.

October 17, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.
mtndad said...

Unfortunately, this is what America has become and this is just a small microcosm of the bigger picture. Signal Mountain is hated because we were to successful to quickly. Thats not fair when so many other schools and communities in the Chattanooga area have been wollowing in obscurity for so long. In todays Liberal America, if you are successful, you are the enemy and should be brought down to the lowest common denominator. No one should have more success than the other person. If they are, we should take some of that success away and give it to someone else. Redistribute the wealth. Sound Familiar. You can say we cheated or make up some other lame excuse for why we have achieved so much in such a short period of time, but it comes down to community support. Something I have seen very little of from opposing schools. I saw in another article that students enrolled at Sale Creek are being allowed to play soccer for Hixson. But students that are actually enrolled at Hixson may be forced to sit out due to having transferred. Does that sound logical. Students enrolled at a school may not be able to participate on their own sports teams, but students from another school can. Wouldn't this displace some of those kids from Hixson who may want a starting position or just some playing time. Something is wrong with this picture. Fuzzy Logic.

October 17, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
fan said...

hey lawstuden43,it fugres you are giving it a "lawyer" slant, no one said anything about a community, we are talking about a school( and believe it or not what admistration or leaders at any institution whether it is a school,business,etc it does reflect the entire organization,if this were not true you would only sue an employee and not a company for wrong doing, yes you are correct one does get a bad reputation for doing those evil things you discussed but you also get bad reputation for lying, cheating ( as you call itnot turning in paperwork correctly to play a football player that can win you a state title) congratulations to your law school that taught you well !!! because accoding to you, unless it's drug sellers( I think the correct term is drug dealers)/shootings/vandalism/gangs( sounds like you are a little racist to me) IT'S NOT WRONG, you said you are moving to Tunnel Blvd TODAY so you can build back your name ( you may be a wealthy lawyer and congraulations) but obviously you have no respect for those that aren't as fortunate as you, but based on what you said earlier, I will not assume every Signal resident has this "prejudice" against people who live in the "inner'city"

October 17, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
fpsub said...

You must be commenting on a different article, lawstudent43, because I see nothing about paperwork in this story. The comments here have been about Coach Price's reputation for keeping his starting players in long after he has won a game, which is what happened against Chattanooga Christian Thursday night. Sportsmanship is part of reputation. Kudos to Principal Maynard at Soddy Daisy High School for actually having the morals to discipline coaches and players over a sportsmanship issue at the very beginning of their football season this year. It's not a drive-by shooting, but I still would expect better of Signal. But you are right that these incidents shouldn't reflect on the entire community, just the administration and the coaches.

October 17, 2011 at 3:25 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

Good Grief! It's really this simple.....it's not that they are successful at football> I DO NOT begrudge any team from winning! That is the main objective, isn't it? Honestly, sincerely and completely truly, it is the arrogance and the taunting that I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD WITH MY OWN EYES! Come on!.....WIN, WIN, WIN, and more power to you Signal Mountain Eagles!...but please do it with dignity! All of the SM supporters can say it's not true but Coach Price has consistently tried to run the opposing teams into the ground. Many, Many, Many times I have heard NUMEROUS people say, "Signal Mtn. will get theirs one day" (and by SM I mean Coach Price because the players attitude will come from him)....I understand the SM supporters will support their team, that is WHAT they should do, but if the shoe was on the other foot..........just sayin'

October 17, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.
sunnyday13 said...

Y'all are so stupid! We could announce we had 5 merit scholars and you would accuse us of cheating or something. Grow up! Andrew price is a great kid and you blast SMMHS for his great accomplishment. Get a life!

October 17, 2011 at 4:16 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

OMG! Who is the stupid one here? Not ONE word was mentioned about Andrew Price! I know him and he IS a GREAT KID! It has NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING to do with what we are talking about! I also think Tim McClendon is a great kid! What the heck?? We are talking about COACH Price running up the score! Andrew's accomplishments on the field are spectacular! He should be commended on his abilities! Coach Price is the responsible party here. He has earned a bad reputation for humiliating other teams that his team has played! It's that simple! THAT, and that ALONE is what we are talking about....geez! Coach Price said on the sidelines at another game,"Boys, we are gonna score 100 pts. tonight" I am sure they have that ability against some teams but WHY.............why, why would you want to do that? It doesn't show good sportsmanship! I don't understand why lawstudent43 and sunnyday13 see what is being said. THAT IS THE REPUTATION COACH PRICE HAS GIVEN SIGNAL MOUNTAIN!

October 17, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
smmom said...

Good Grief....I am afraid that some of you (LZD 2011) are going to need some type of anger management. It is very obvious to everyone that you are not a Signal fan or a Bill Price fan. OK..we heard you. We have heard all of you....Personally I don't care. Bottom line is we love our school, we love ALL our teams, (we just won a third state championship in golf, and our Volleyball team is headed for a repeat) We also love our coaches...and most important, our boys love Coach Price. So it is all very simple. All of you can continue on your rant about how we cheat, or run up the score, or don't play anyone or whatever you want to blame us for. We don't care. We are not sitting on top of the mountain talking about what is happening at any other schools. We don't care. We are too busy working hard to ensure that our children have the best we can provide....And don't start telling me how you would rather lose with class, or how arrogant we are etc. etc. etc. Stop the whining....BTW the reputation that Coach Price has given to Signal Mountain.....STATE CHAMPIONS!!!! Go EAGLES...

October 17, 2011 at 5:26 p.m.
fan said...

hey "Mtn Dad", Please answer one question, do you support Coach Price's decision to leave his starters in the whole game when they (Signal Mtn) are up by 38 points late in the game? ( and please explain why or why not ) I will respect your answer but no Signal supporters has addressed this specifically and it is what the whole discussion of the article is all about in the first place, everyone wants to keep talkin about the illegal paperwork, that is in another article,we are not trying to debate that, at least "sunnyday" did give his reasoning on supporting Coach Price's decision to keep the starters in ( it was "Senior night" and I will respect his answer ) but I want to know what you and other SM supporters think about leaving starters in for entire games( he has also done it in previous games as well as his other coaching jobs), it's okay to speak honestly ,I promise I am not going to lead you into the mis-filed paperwork issue, no more talk of that, bottom line: Coach Price's somewhat "not too good" reputation was established long before Signal was in existence, if you don't believe me talk with area officlals and other coaches,it truly is not a Signal Mtn community/school issue but if one continues to embrace these antics ( assuming you agree with them) you become an "accessory to the crime" and share in the guilt

October 17, 2011 at 5:37 p.m.
sunnyday13 said...

LZD...really? taunting and arrogance? have you ever been around any other football teams? Our boys AND coaches have actually had loads of compliments through the years on being a class act and a very disciplined, well-coached team. That never seems to make it in the paper or the local rumor mills. Take a stroll through the hateful comments at the end of Signal articles and imagine your son being on the team. You don't think these boys have grandparents, aunts, little cousins, etc. that are so proud of these boys? Then they get to the hatred spewing at the end of the article...nice. Some of this crap even mentions them by name and says awful stuff about the boys, so sorry if I'm a little defensive, I've had enough and I will continue to defend them. "Signal Mtn. will get theirs one day" I appreciate that you tried to qualify that statement by focusing it away from the kids, but it doesn't work that way. "You mess with one man, you've got us all!"

October 17, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

well sunnyday, I don't believe anyone has hatred for any boy on the SM team. They are an awesome team and are a force to be reckoned with. The only thing I have said was that Coach Price demoralizes other teams when he runs the score up. Like you said about grandparents, aunts and the like can go both ways. We feel the same about our boys as well. It doesn't feel so great to get beat that bad when we could just "get beat". I would never say anything bad about a player by name. I would not want that for my son. And the "Signal Mtn. will get theirs one day" comment was just what I have heard several times. I know a parent from SM that told me how embarrassing it is for him to keep scoring when the game is already won. You must realize that if that happened to your team you would feel the same way?

October 17, 2011 at 6:10 p.m.
mtndad said...

I do support Coach Price's decision to play the starters until the end of the CCS Game. It was senior night and quite possibly many of these players last chance to play at our home field in front of their friends and families. Just two weeks ago, these kids had their hearts ripped out by the TSSAA. Through no fault of their own, their season was taken away from them. My son is a senior and will not be playing at the next level. He had family in town who will never see him play again. I suspect other senior's were having similar experiences. When he came off the field he could only comment "It's Over" as he shed the first tears I have ever seen him shed on a football field. He has played for Signal Mountain since 6th grade and has never been more proud of anything he has done. If it were two weeks ago, I would have had a different reaction. At that time, we were virtually assured of a playoff bearth with more home games so CCS would not have been our boy's last home game. I am confident that Coach Price would have used a different tactic as well. He would have been trying to protect our starters from injury while developing players who are not starters. We had several injured seniors who ONLY played that night because it was possibly their last home game ever. Most of these current seniors have been here since 9th grade and before and have been the cornerstone of this program. They have been at every practice since the program began. They have mad many physical and personal sacrifices to be part of the team. I know it may be ancient history for some of you folks, but try to put youselves in these kids shoes and if you played sports, think about how you felt the last game of your life. If you were competative at all, I bet you never wanted that game to end. Those boys at CCS will have or have had their own senior night and I hope they relish that night, But let our boys have their moment without being so critical.

October 17, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.
dude_abides said...

mtndad... Did you really bring national politics into this discussion? Whats all the hoopla regarding a 1-8 team anyway? Sounds like Dalton High School tricks to me.

October 17, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.
mtndad said...

Hey Dude, If the shoe fits.

October 17, 2011 at 6:22 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

mtndad....so what were Coach Price's tactics at the other games he has run up the score? Wasn't senior night then. Still doesn't justify doing that. I am so glad it's over too.

October 17, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
fan said...

"mtndad" I appreciate your response and I hope everyone else on this board will respect it as well, it would be safe to say that everything you referred to can be said about any school and its seniors, all players careers come to end be it elementary , middle, high, college, pros so every athlete is in the same boat,but I do believe that very few other programs share this same philosohy out of respect for the other team when the score doesn't justify it, also there were many "seniors" that played very little until the very end of the game, thank you mtndad because you have helped us to come to a conclusion, and I say this with the utmost sincerety , opposing teams and fans including myself need to quit whining and understand that "Signal Mtn" is a team that is going to play with this philosophy, no problem, by the way, last year and this is a true story(and this is not about boasting about a CCS vistory because CCS has an established program and Signal is still building theirsrs so it is not a put down for Signal, they will continue to improve ) CCS beat Signal in soccer by a very large margin and "I promise": Signal parents were complaining about CCS "running the score up!"

October 17, 2011 at 6:41 p.m.
mtndad said...

Others may complain, but you will never hear it from me. If your gonna win in life, WIN BIG, why settle for average, It's easy to be average.

October 17, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.
sunnyday13 said...

He's a gruff ol' bear and probably a little crazy, but you won't hear me complain or criticize either, I've heard too many good things come from Coach to question him. I could go on for a lot longer than this post would allow on the level of excellence he expects and gets from these boys. I've heard other coaches comment that his practices are run at a pace and level they've not seen very often in high school, and his players have responded. And LZD, we have been beaten badly and no, it didn't feel good, but I never heard any comment about running up the score, I honestly believe if you beat us by 50, Coach would shake your hand and say, "Great job" with no whining. I appreciate the heart you have for your boys and that you understand the heart we have for ours. Again, excuse our defensiveness, it's been a rough couple of weeks.

October 17, 2011 at 7:53 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

point taken

October 17, 2011 at 7:59 p.m.
fan said...

well said by all of the above and we should all be able to live by that, Coach Price has never been anything else, he is a very genuine human being especially those that have known him since his playing days, he is what he is, Love him or hate him, you gotta respect that, it's kinda like a northerner, you just gotta accept them, keep in mind however ( whether it is right or wrong ) he does bring with him a big bullseye on his back and everyone is aiming, it just goes with the territory, he does not fly under the radar!!!

October 17, 2011 at 8:38 p.m.
fpsub said...

I say, put your subs in, especially if they are seniors too, after your lead becomes insurmountable. If the 2nd and 3rd string players continue to score and pad the victory, so be it. You can't put kids in and then tell them to perform badly. When it comes down to the paperwork snafu, that's on the administration. Obviously a hardship to attend a school doesn't mean a kid automatically gets to play at that school. I'm sure Coach Price was salivating at the possibility of getting the diamond in the rough that Tim McClendon was to fill out his team, but I doubt he was willing to jeapardize his entire team's season in order to use him. McClendon could have been the difference at the end of the playoffs, but I'm sure Coach Price wouldn't have knowingly risked not going to the playoffs in order to play a potentially ineligible player. How you check that a kid living in Brainerd lives in your zone, without asking any questions to verify if that's OK, floors me. Especially when that kid, even though unpolished, is as an impressive athlete that has attended a different school every year.

October 17, 2011 at 10:20 p.m.
fan said...

Okay I should leave it alone but one last thing, coach price is a smart enough coach to know coaching only gets you so far, he does not shy away from searching for talent (albeit legal ) if you don't believe it ask a certain former coach about the time Price first got into coaching and helped with the basketball team at his alma matter and showed up the first day of practice with a couple of "new kids"( true story), anyway what I don't think he realized when he took the Signal job is the microscope that he would be under, he is not going to conform and it is going to continue to get interesting!!!

October 17, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.
sunnyday13 said...

Ha! No fan, he certainly doesn't fly under the radar, but we're glad to have him. Good Luck to everyone's team moving forward, nothing quite like high school football.

October 17, 2011 at 10:47 p.m.
ENGLISHMAN said...

The article was about one of Signal's players. And the comments again turned into a bash Signal, and Coach Price for running up the score. I am not one to normally see and enjoy one-sided games. But I believe that at the expense of CCS, I would definitely have scored Maximum that night. Signal have been blasted for playing Tim McClendon and had their noses rubbed in it saying they would not have won the other 6 games without him. Well I think the results against CCS tend to discredit that. Sure Tim helped, but one player does NOT make a team. Now they cannot go to the Playoffs (unless the Appeal is upheld on Thursday) and another team with less capablility will be there in their stead. Sure I feel sorry for CCS being the ones who recievd the big score against them, but it did not matter who it was, I would have wanted to prove my team beyond all doubt and all the crap and criticism coming their way. And the last away game is against Sequatchie, who most likely will reap the benefits of the Signal TSSAA punishment and will be at the playoffs instead of the Eagles. And it is said it was Sequatchie staff who turned them in about Tim. So if you think that the score against CCS was bad, watch out for the 100 point game that Coach Price might justifiably call for. I would not want to be in Sequatche shoes that night. SMMHS may have lost the Glory of another State Title, but they will end with their heads held HIGH regardless of all the condemnation and tripe being said about them. They will know that they won the division and were robbed and the 6 games taken away from them were still HUGE wins in the eyes of the Fans and Parents and staff and Community. We are Proud of our Eagles.

October 17, 2011 at 11:55 p.m.
James101 said...

I LOVE how the Paper keeps writing articles on Signal Mtn everyday.. How about sharing the pages with other programs that are ACTUALLY doing well this year and have shots at winning State....

October 17, 2011 at 11:58 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

It's like the burglar that's mad cause someone saw him and turned him in...it's STILL wrong. They didn't have to do that to CCS. They have beat them like that before without #3 so taking it out on a team that isn't as good is like beating a puppy. But, BOY didn't it make SM look good :)

October 18, 2011 at 8:32 a.m.
fpsub said...

Englishman may understand rugby rules, but he is obviously oblivious to the history of high pressured high school football recruiting in Tennessee. Does he even understand the history behind why we now have Division II? I seriously doubt it.

October 18, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
fan said...

why didn't Signal take their frustrations out on Polk County !!!

October 18, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
LZD2011 said...

yeah, What "fan" said!!.........

October 18, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.
sunnyday13 said...

I wish they would have!

October 18, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.
sandstorm66 said...

Good Luck to the young man...

October 18, 2011 at 2:20 p.m.
fan said...

Oh wait a minute... Price did take his frustration out on Polk, as Polk was running off the the field at halftime ( they were on offensse and were letting the clock run out) Price evidently didn't like the fact that Polk was joyous ( they held a slight lead) He calls a time out with one second left and makes Polk come back on the field to take a knee for one last play, if any Signal fan can put a positive spin on that one....

October 18, 2011 at 4:56 p.m.
sunnyday13 said...

...dad gum, just when I thought we were all gettin' along...

October 18, 2011 at 8:27 p.m.
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