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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.

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.

NASHVILLE — The Signal Mountain girls' cross country team won its second consecutive Class A/AA state championship Saturday at Percy Warner Park.

No matter what statistic one chooses to look at from Thursday's District 7-AA high school football game at Signal Mountain, it will help reveal what a dominating performance Signal Mountain had against Sequatchie County. And the 58-3 final score is every bit indicative of how the game went.

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)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Christian Academy of Knoxville had the final degree of separation in the TSSAA Class AA volleyball state tournament.

The Signal Mountain football team seemed to forget there were four quarters. Visiting Greeneville was reminded repeatedly that there were two halves, and the Green Devils made the most of the second one in winning 31-10.

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