Rhea County

Evensville is over the mountain from Dunlap, but former Sequatchie County football coach Mike Zeller is coming back close to the area where he lived and coached for three years.

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.

The last Friday of Tennessee's high school football regular season has numerous coaches changing their postgame rituals.

Storyline: The District 7-AA championship is on the line. Signal can take it with a win while Sequatchie would need to win and Grundy County beat Notre Dame to get it.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an e-mail to Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

If you know of a 2013 football schedule change, please notify Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Dotson has a fuzzy memory of Rhea County beating Cleveland in a big football game when he was about 5 years old.

Storyline: This is playoff preparation between two ranked teams in different districts, but the same postseason Class 5A grouping.

How many more years are non-scholarship private schools that are in Tennessee's Division I with public schools going to stay, or be allowed to stay?

If you know of a 2013 football schedule change, please notify Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an email to Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

The Golden Eagles want new music.

Storyline: The teams have three common opponents — each beat Pope John Paul II and McCallie and lost to Montgomery Bell Academy.

Boyd-Buchanan quarterback Jim Cardwell has added another talent to his repertoire. In addition to punting, passing, kicking, running and tackling, the Buccaneers senior can now be called snake-handler.

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