The Chattanooga area is well represented in all classifications of this year’s Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state football teams.
Standing at midfield at Monroe Stadium just moments after his East Hamilton Hurricanes had stunned the sold-out crowd and the home-standing Ooltewah Owls, Ted Gatewood exhaled.
Star: Isaiah Robinson runs 22 times for 102 yards and a 23-yard TD.
All Tennessee kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time
Need to add the Georgia teams once the bracket is out
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.
Rhea County has clinched the District 6-AAA championship and will be in the Class 5A playoffs.
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.
They call Blake Cates "water-boy."
Ron Crawford has nowhere to go Friday night -- unless his wife tells him differently -- so he might go scouting or simply stay at home and catch the scores on the radio.
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