Marion County

A handful of Red Bank High School football players donned the harnesses.

If the old TSSAA football playoff system, which is being reinstituted next year, had been in play this year, McMinn County would have been in the playoffs with a 3-7 overall record but 3-3 in District 5-AAA.

Stars: The Pirates started the year planning to lean heavily on RB Corbin Fitzgerald, but he was injured in their game against Boyd-Buchanan so they turned to Chase Blevins and Triston Adams.

(Tennessee playoff kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time)

Becca Barnes hasn't missed a game in which her husband, Justin, has coached since they got married 10 years ago. Their daughters, 4-year-old Brenna and 14-month-old Brinkley, haven't missed any since they were born.

There was, Marion County coach Ricky Ross said, one small difference in Blake Zeman in Friday's game against South Pittsburg and other opponents this year.

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.

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.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — A blackout took place at South Pittsburg’s football field Friday night. And judging by the result of the District 6-A high school game played there, the host Pirates would just as soon black it from their memory.

JASPER, Tenn. — Tonight at South Pittsburg, Marion County will be playing just another football game, at least to hear coaches and players tell it.

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.

(All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted)

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