Calhoun

It looks as if the TSSAA did a fairly decent job this season with its playoff pairings but there always are those items that can be scrutinized.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — With one big swing of her bat, Jana Johns not only helped win a state softball championship, she also earned a new toy.

When Rob Spence left Pikeville on Friday evening, he did so thinking his football team was through for 2014, so the Chattanooga Christian coach got quite a surprise Saturday morning when he received a call saying the Chargers were in the state playoffs.

For all the success northwest Georgia high school softball teams had this regular season, four of them learned Thursday that one bad game — or inning — in Columbus can put championship hopes in jeopardy.

Storyline: The Red Raiders have lost four straight games -- to the state's top three teams in Division II-AA and to an Oakland team ranked among the best in Class 6A -- and are looking for momentum before the playoffs. Defensively, Baylor needs to get better quickly as it has allowed more than 30 points per game in this four-game slide.

Storyline: Since a season-opening loss to Knox Catholic, the Irish have posted eight consecutive wins with an average victory margin of 34 points.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — High school athletic competition can leave lasting memories for teenagers, some memorable for good reasons; others can leave a few scars.

(All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted)

Some of their situations may seem dire, but the great majority of football teams in the northwest Georgia area still have postseason lives to play for with three Friday nights to go in the regular season.

Storyline: After playing tough against top-ranked Brentwood Academy last week, Baylor has another rugged task in this Division II-AA East/Middle Region game.

CALHOUN, Ga. — With the game on the line, the team's most dangerous hitter up and first base open, Calhoun High School softball coach Diane Smith was surprised to see Taylor Kelly getting pitched to.

I have a question. What would the near-future TSSAA classification look like without the 1.8 multiplier slapped on private schools whose desire is to remain in the public school division?

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