For the second time this season, the football matchup between Cleveland and East Hamilton came down to who could make one more play at the right time. During the regular season, it was East Hamilton's Hurricanes who made that play in a one-point victory.
KNOXVILLE — As an assistant coach at Auburn the previous four seasons, Tennessee linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen is pretty familiar with heated in-state recruiting battles.
Thanks to a surplus of skilled receivers on both teams, the passing games at Cleveland and East Hamilton have really caught on.
Key players: South Pittsburg's run-first offense is led by a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. Senior RB Jajuan Lankford, a Mr. Football finalist in two of the last three seasons, averages nearly 12 yards per carry, while classmate Kahlil Mitchell is a hammer at both FB in the wing-T as well as on defense from his LB spot.
McCallie had some stretches Thursday at East Hamilton that the players would just as soon forget about. But ultimately they had enough good stretches -- particularly the one at the end -- to come away with a 68-65 victory over the Hurricanes.
There will be another tournament at the TSSAA state wrestling championships this year.
Slade Dale may be headed to the University of Georgia on a baseball scholarship but that doesn't mean he's quite ready to turn his back on football.
The third round of the TSSAA football playoffs will be a week of firsts for the Chattanooga area's surviving teams.
On paper, it was the worst loss of Tyner basketball coach Gerald Harris's six-year coaching career. In the moments after that game, he said his team simply was outplayed, but his Rams knew exactly what happened, and heading into this season they feel they know what it's going to take to ensure that won't happen again.
The only job more difficult than preparing for a state-ranked rival is being the administrators in charge of traffic and security for what likely will be one of the largest crowds to watch a high school football game in Hamilton County.
Need to add the Georgia teams once the bracket is out
Trailing at halftime with an offense searching for rhythm, East Hamilton used defense and special teams to make sure its march through the postseason continued.
TSSAA kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time; Georgia games at 7:30
Since its inception, the TSSAA football playoff six-classification format has created controversy. But it can also produce intriguing matchups, and this year there's a chance for several area rematches in the first two rounds alone.
The TSSAA announced its high school football playoff brackets Saturday morning and 20 Chattanooga-area teams qualified for the playoffs. First-round games kickoff on Friday and the postseason culminates with the BlueCross Bowl state championship games, to be played Dec. 5-7 at Tennessee Tech University.