South Pittsburg

KNOXVILLE — After further reviewing the Class 1A semifinal playoff football game between Coalfield and South Pittsburg high schools on Nov. 29, the TSSAA determined that Coalfield players did not leave the sideline during a brief fourth-quarter scuffle.

It was an offer too good to pass up that became too good to be true.

The Chattanooga area will be well represented in tonight's annual Toyota East/West All-Star high school football game, which is set to kick off at 8 EST at Tennessee Tech University.

VARNELL, Ga. — It took just one season and the right opportunity for Vic Grider to decide he was ready to return to coaching football. One of the area's most accomplished coaches has become the head coach at fledgling Coahulla Creek High Schol.

The fifth Hoops for Hope high school basketball benefit for the MaryEllen Locher Foundation Scholarship Fund is being held Saturday at Signal Mountain starting at 11 a.m.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — It wasn't simply what Union City did that helped earn the program's second Class 1A state football championship Friday afternoon, but also what the Golden Tornadoes didn't do.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — It was exactly one year ago to the day that Vic Grider stunned a packed room of players, parents and supporters at South Pittsburg's football banquet by announcing his resignation as head coach.

Key players: Union City's veer offense starts with fullback Ricky Henry, who has 158 more carries than the next closest teammate.

Marion County High School is setting aside its county rivalry for a day to support South Pittsburg.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- Tougher even than bringing Kahlil Mitchell to the ground is trying to find the right label to describe what type football player he is.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The handshake was one of mutual respect. Marion County's Blake Zeman congratulated cross-county rival Jajuan Lankford after the South Pittsburg senior was named the TSSAA Class A Mr. Football back of the year, and in turn Lankford reminded Zeman he also had come up short the first time he was a finalist for the award.

COALFIELD, Tenn. — Fortunately for Coalfield High School's football team, South Pittsburg fumbled the ball three times in the first half, resulting in three turnovers.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The pain radiating down Stephon Mitchell's left leg told him all he needed to know.

TSSAA Playoffs (7 p.m. start times) Class 1A Semifinals No. 1 SOUTH PITTSBURG PIRATES (11-1) AT No. 6 COALFIELD YELLOW JACKETS (9-3) Key players: Coalfield is led by junior two-way lineman Zach Stewart (6-5, 305), a University of Tennessee commitment, and senior two-way lineman Benson Napier (6-3, 310), who is being recruited by Middle Tennessee State University, UT-Chattanooga and VMI, among others.

Convinced he could coach at a higher level and determined to make that career jump happen as quickly as possible, Chris Jones once sat outside the football office at Tennessee Tech University for more than eight hours, just to talk his way into an interview to join the staff.

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