OK, I'll admit it. I had my doubts about Rhea County, and if we'd had another week of the Pick'em box, I would have picked Ooltewah to beat the Eagles in their second-round playoff showdown.
EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — The simple mathematics is this: Cold weather, plus a stout running game, equals Rhea County moving on.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — With Oak Ridge High School's offense stalled, its defense rose to the occasion Friday night against Cleveland.
LOUDON, Tenn. — Big plays are a great cure for 20-degree temperatures, and unbeaten Loudon used big plays — a pair of them in particular — to play through the cold Friday night and advance in the TSSAA Class 4A playoffs with a 37-21 victory over Signal Mountain.
CALHOUN, Ga. — For a half Friday night, it was about as complete a football game as the Calhoun Yellow Jackets have played all season, and it was more than good enough for a 43-14 win over outmanned Rockmart.
DALTON, Ga. — Dalton's and Salem's football teams exchanged words as they lined up to take the field, and once the opening whistle sounded, words turned to action. After all of the crushing hits and broken tackles were delivered, the host Catamounts had the final say with a 23-6 Georgia Class AAAAA playoff win Friday night.
JASPER, Tenn. — The numbers were as clear and as cutting as the frozen night air.
On a cold night across the Chattanooga area, Notre Dame coach Charles Fant wanted his team to get off to a hot start in its second-round Class 3A playoff game against Upperman, a team that had beaten the Irish a year before.
ENGLEWOOD, Tenn — Malik Davis, the most dynamic player on the field to start the game, ended it Friday night wearing street clothes with his Red Bank team heading home after a 30-7 loss at McMinn Central.
COPPERHILL, Tenn. — On a frigid night at Cougar Stadium, Copper Basin coupled a stifling defense with a methodical ground game to end South Pittsburg's football season.