Hamilton County no longer has a contender for the Class 6A state football championship unless somebody chooses to play up.
Soddy-Daisy, the last school in the county that the TSSAA had in Class 6A, will be classified in 5A after this year. The fruits of a best-forgotten county schools superintendent's intent to have a majority of same-size schools are beginning to show.
Barring some major shifting by the TSSAA Board of Control in the next week or two, the Trojans will remain in Region 5-AAA and compete against Bradley Central, Cleveland, McMinn County, Rhea County, Walker Valley, Ooltewah and newcomer East Hamilton.
McMinn and Bradley remain 6A contenders, joined next season by Walker Valley. The rest will be in the 5A postseason.
Wonder what's going to happen in District 6-AA with the departure of East Hamilton? There are some other class shifts here with Brainerd and Red Bank falling from Class 4A status to Class 3A to join Howard and Tyner. The 4A teams in the district, at least for now, are Central, East Ridge and Hixson.
Will the state association leave it as is? Could Polk County return to the area from District 5-AA or go north to join McMinn Central as a new member in a district including Loudon and Kingston? Does the TSSAA move Notre Dame, Chattanooga Christian or Signal Mountain from District 7-AA, where they're grouped with Bledsoe County, Grundy County and Sequatchie County, to 6-AA?
From a geographic standpoint, it seems best to leave Signal in 7-AA and move Notre Dame or CCS to 6-AA, if indeed a change is made.
Signal Mountain, which chose to move up to 4A for the postseason last year and this year, originally indicated it would drop to 3A level but since has reversed that. Notre Dame, which has been classified as a 4A playoff team because of the multiplier for private schools playing in the state's public school division, also will be designated as a 3A team for the playoffs.
It appears also that District 5-A will get a new member with Meigs County dropping from Class 3A in football playoffs to Class 2A. The Decatur school could join Boyd-Buchanan, Copper Basin, Grace Baptist and Silverdale Baptist. However, much will depend on the TSSAA's decisions regarding District 5-AA.
• Elsewhere, Friendship Christian likely made a number of Division I schools happy by announcing its move to Division II-A. Friendship won Division I state championships last year in football, volleyball and boys' basketball.
The only other major midstate news regarding classification was the move of Pearl-Cohn from 3A to 4A and Centennial, Hendersonville and Station Camp from 5A to 6A.
And I have to admit I felt sorry for the Charlton County team that Gordon Lee played last Wednesday. They got up at who-knows when and left school at Folkston, Ga., at 6 a.m. From what I hear, it's a 400-mile trip, and they made the trip on a standard school bus. I know money is tight these days, but it seems to me that maybe the school should've come up with the money for a charter bus. At least the girls didn't have to get beat twice in games shortened by the run rule, then climb on that bus for another miserable ride. They stayed over Wednesday night and left early Thursday morning.
• Before I leave Heritage as a subject, the uneducated football followers down there are grumbling about wanting a change from coach Tim James.
Yes, the Generals are winless, but how quickly people forget the numbers. In order to win last year, James played a lot of seniors -- close to three dozen among the first two units on either side of the ball -- so there was little in the way of experienced depth returning this year. Try surviving in that league, let alone competing, with so little experience.
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