(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.
Throughout their undefeated football season, the Ooltewah Owls have displayed numerous moments of sustained brilliance and absolute dominance.
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.
A new TSSAA football playoff format already has been approved, so coaches, players and fans know that after this year guessing games are out.
(All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted)
The last time Hixson High School made the state football playoffs three years running, the coach was Dan Duff.
Despite being crowned district champion a year ago, the Ooltewah High School football team had a nasty taste in its mouth from a loss to Cleveland late in the season. Those two teams, along with East Hamilton, each finished 5-1 in district play.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Ooltewah's Josie Grube claimed her third win of the season, and perhaps her most important to date Thursday.