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East Hamilton had 439 yards of offense and limited Soddy-Daisy to a sole touchdown in a 38-7 District 5-AAA victory Friday night, yet Hurricanes coach Ted Gatewood left the field somewhat perplexed if not disappointed.

It's a whisper for the moment, but the Whitwell football team is close to a playoff appearance.

The University of Kentucky may take the redshirt from Reese Phillips, the true freshman quarterback from Signal Mountain.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Their offense somewhat lacking, Heritage's Generals turned to pitching, defense and aggressive baserunning to advance in the Georgia AAAA state softball tournament Wednesday.

Cody Ingrassia and the McHone brothers, senior Dusty and sophomore Clay, had been sharing the rushing load for Whitwell.

Boyd-Buchanan quarterback Jim Cardwell has added another talent to his repertoire. In addition to punting, passing, kicking, running and tackling, the Buccaneers senior can now be called snake-handler.

(If you know of a 2013 football schedule change, please notify Ward Gossett at

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an e-mail to Ward Gossett at by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

Jajuan Lankford blew past the 1,000-yard mark for the season, picking up 216 yards and three TDs on 15 carries as South Pittsburg jumped ahead early and then pulled away late for a 47-19 victory over Boyd-Buchanan.

Signal Mountain’s James McClellan broke a 70-yard run earlier this football season. Marion County’s Blake Zeman has the area’s top rushing performance to date with 311 yards.

Central has its first District 6-AA win and Soddy-Daisy's record has improved to 3-4 after picking up forfeit victories from Tyner.

Tyner has forfeited football victories over Soddy-Daisy and Central after self-reporting the participation of an ineligible player.

Gage Johnson's performance Friday against Sweetwater was only slightly above average for him.

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Baylor: George Porter added three more scores to his touchdown total and rushed for 183 yards in his last regular-season game against rival McCallie.

It's really a shame, at least for guys like Polk's Derrick Davis, that coaches no longer really swap game film.

Chris Feemster's first two interceptions of 2013 had gone for touchdowns. His third did not, but the Signal Mountain cornerback didn't care. This one came in a District 7-AA showdown's waning seconds Friday night and secured a 20-13 victory over Notre Dame.

In all of its years with athletic prowess, Central High School has never had an athletic hall of fame.

Blake Zeman was awarded Player of the Game honors in WRCB-TV's game of the week.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an email to Ward Gossett at by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

(All kickoffs at 7:30 p.m. EDT unless noted)

For some this is, pure and simple, rivalry week. For many more, though, Friday is shaping up as Decision Week, chapter one.

BENTON, Tenn. — Finally, Polk County fans and football coach Derrick Davis are thinking happy thoughts.

Clinton Harris likely is alive today because Ted Gatewood, his football coach, had decided an athletic trainer was a must for East Hamilton High School.

Over the last three weeks, Jo Jo Tillery has completed more than 70 percent of his passes, thrown at least one touchdown pass and rushed for 100 yards in each of the three games.

The Southern Scuffle has been well received by wrestling coaches and fans alike, but this year's turn-of-the-calendar tournament is expected to be the biggest and the strongest.

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The TSSAA is going from five- to seven-man on-field officiating crews for this year's football playoffs.

BENTON, Tenn. — When they look at the video this morning, Polk County coach Derrick Davis will be looking for remedies and McMinn Central's Josh Goodin will be seeing one building block after another.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an email to Ward Gossett at by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

Auston Banks was as close to unstoppable as a running back can get.

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So who, besides me, bit the dust over the weekend?

JASPER, Tenn. — It looked like Marion County was going to dodge a bullet and maintain its unbeaten streak.

Every day after every one else has left the Notre Dame football practice field, Auston Banks and Ricky Ballard stick around and work on takeoffs, cuts and speed moves.

Red Bank High School left tackle Myles Smith has been invited to the U.S. Army's Junior Combine in San Antonio in early January. The combine is held in conjunction with the Army's senior all-star game, which features many of the country's best high school players.

Storyline: The Panthers came within a field goal of their first win last week at Red Bank, and they may be settling in offensively. Sam Caffey had a 300-yard passing game last week. Baylor will be their second Division II-AA opponent in three weeks, and the Red Raiders are coming off their first loss of the season. The Baylor offensive scheme is built around RB George Porter, who ranks second among area rushers. Sophomore Ryan Parker has been the Red Raiders' top defender, already with four sacks and five lost-yardage tackles.

Notre Dame beats Boyd-Buchanan game, 26-0.

Hunter Moore set a school record Friday with an amazing passing performance, and the fact that he did it for East Hamilton only added to the amazement.

This week’s high school football schedule

So anybody want to talk about surprises?

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an email to Ward Gossett at by 9 p.m. each Saturday.)

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — If there was ever any doubt about Signal Mountain's stable of running backs, coach Bill Price erased it Friday night.

Haasan Miller has done the right things, but the Tyner quarterback is better now because he began doing them much better.

(All kickoffs are 7:30 p.m. Eastern unless noted)

If Baylor football coach Phil Massey sees his Red Raiders play Friday night at Montgomery Bell Academy, it will have to be via the Internet.

A peek ahead: This is District 3-5A opener for both clubs, who have a common opponent already. Both lost to McCallie, the Blue Raiders 55-35 in Week 0 and McMinn 41-0 last week. Highlight performers are Cleveland QB Austin Herink, the southpaw that threw for 478 yards against McCallie and his top WR, versatile D.J. Jones, and Cherokees running back Dre Sanders.

Mike Nolan ran the ball just 12 times and only three times in the second half.

Are Soddy-Daisy, Walker Valley and Chattanooga Christian looking back to enjoy the past two weeks or are they wise enough to put the past behind and focus on the immediate future?

(Coaches are asked to make nominations by 2 p.m. Sunday, submitting them to Ward Gossett at or 423-886-4765).

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