KNOXVILLE — For the Silverdale Baptist Academy football team, history eerily repeated itself in 2013.
Key players: South Pittsburg's run-first offense is led by a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. Senior RB Jajuan Lankford, a Mr. Football finalist in two of the last three seasons, averages nearly 12 yards per carry, while classmate Kahlil Mitchell is a hammer at both FB in the wing-T as well as on defense from his LB spot.
The third round of the TSSAA football playoffs will be a week of firsts for the Chattanooga area's surviving teams.
All Tennessee kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time
Last week, Silverdale Baptist Academy's football players were faced with the difficulty of trying to put perhaps the most painful loss in the high school program's nine-year history behind them. Having 14 seniors helped.
Isaiah Robinson has consistently had good games throughout the season, amassing more than 1,300 yards through the regular season.
Need to add the Georgia teams once the bracket is out
Friday night's Class 2A playoff opener was about a lot of things for the recently blemished Silverdale Baptist Academy football team.
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.
Sometimes you've just got to go with your gut feeling.
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.
The TSSAA District 5-A football championship is only one of the things at stake tonight when Boyd-Buchanan hosts Silverdale Baptist Academy at 7:30 p.m.