Slade Dale may be headed to the University of Georgia on a baseball scholarship but that doesn't mean he's quite ready to turn his back on football.
The third round of the TSSAA football playoffs will be a week of firsts for the Chattanooga area's surviving teams.
SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Midway through the fourth quarter, top-ranked South Pittsburg found itself in a position it didn't expect. Holding a 12-point lead but shut out in the second half, the Pirates needed a defensive stop to prevent upset-minded Moore County from inching closer.
Three Chattanooga-area players have been named finalists for their respective classifications' Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards.
All Tennessee kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time
Need to add the Georgia teams once the bracket is out
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.
JASPER, Tenn. — For all its big-play highlights, it was an old-fashioned gut-check drive — the kind the lettermen filling the stands love — that helped Class 1A's top-ranked South Pittsburg continue its domination of one of the state's oldest rivalries.
A heated cross-county high school football rivalry took an ugly turn as vandals defaced the fieldhouse at Marion County High School.
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.
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.