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Based primarily on its last two wins -- over Bowling Green, Ky., and Ensworth -- McCallie has jumped into the 12th spot in the CBS MaxPreps South Region football computer rankings.

The fight for the top for Baylor and McCallie this year means more than bragging rights, the ending of streaks or simply upholding a school's honor.

Sammy Seamster, who parlayed two years of high school football into a college career at Middle Tennessee State University and the start of a career in the National Football League, will have his high school jersey number retired in a ceremony Thursday afternoon at Ooltewah High.

Although he had been in tough spots previously, Kelvin Leon found himself on one of Tennessee high school football's biggest regular-season stages Friday.

It's big-game week with a number of rivalries sprinkled in for additional flavor, and the average fan, those with loyalty to no particular school, will have his choice of good games to attend.

Bill Price has been called, in polite terms, a stubborn man, but Signal Mountain supporters would rather say their football coach is both determined in his mindset and persistent in his team's offensive attack.

McCallie snapped one big streak last week and tries tonight to snip another.

Boyd-Buchanan may not be the best 0-5 football team in the TSSAA -- Siegel probably owns that distinction -- but the Buccaneers have faced three schools larger than theirs and tonight take on their second Division II-A opponent, and an undefeated one at that.

Jason Fitzgerald is undecided on what the future might hold for Dakota Ricker.

Did you see that Tennessee high school football now has what is believed to be its first female head coach?

Brainerd had just 187 yards of offense but it was enough for the Panthers to fling their horse collar high and far.

Friday, Sept. 26 (All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted) * district/region game

Cleveland welcomed back runners Raekwon Bunion and T.J. Parker, and the pair frolicked Friday night. Yet it was Soddy-Daisy that chugged into the winner's circle behind a bamboo defense and a near 300-yard passing outing from quarterback Hunter Maynor.

A major goal for Davon Sherrer was put on hold a few weeks ago.

Charles Fant and his staff spent most of the Sunday and Monday last week laying out the grand scheme Notre Dame would use to attack Boyd-Buchanan’s defense.

McMinn Central continues to surprise in football, and the Chargers pulled out their second biggest win of the season Friday with a 27-26 victory over Grace Christian in Knoxville.

(Coaches, if there are changes to your schedule, please email Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com.)

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

High-powered Marion County entered Friday's football game averaging 43 points per game.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

Ben Brown is a senior who returned to football after a two-year absence, and he's made an impact at Red Bank.

A friend showed up at Phil Dees' new, temporary residence earlier this week with fishing rods and tackle in hand.

Malik Talley broke a Scottsboro record that had stood since 1979 and joined his father on Scottsboro's single-game receiving list a couple of weeks ago when he grabbed seven passes for 149 yards against Sparkman.

Storyline: Nick Tiano, the Baylor QB who has committed to Mississippi State, rushed and passed for more than 100 yards in last week's thrilling win over Montgomery Bell Academy, and he may get an early trip to the sideline as he is battling some nagging minor injuries. Brainerd looked better last week in a tight loss to Red Bank and hopes to build on that improved effort.

Jeff Bedard and Niko Brown will be lending their expertise to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team.

Blake Foster’s city single-game rushing record had stood for more than a decade, but the Ooltewah runner’s 2002 total of 359 yards was tumbled Friday night.

There is no perfect answer to what's happening in the Tennessee high school football playoffs. Somebody somewhere is going to feel like his team is getting the shaft.

Friday, Sept. 12 (All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted) TENNESSEE Bledsoe County (1-2) at York institute (1-2), 8 Boyd-Buchanan (0-3) at Notre Dame (2-1)

Notre Dame's performance wasn't just methodical, and it wasn't just opportunistic. It was complete.

All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted

The year was 1971 and the season was fall. The setting was still-new Central High School — the one on Highway 58 — and the Purple Pounders were hosting longtime rival City High with at least 10,000 fans filling the stands, camped out on the hill and lining the fences.

There was a time when pep rallies were a social happening. A time to get just a little rowdy and certainly boisterous, most often with an upcoming football game being the focus.

Is there any big deal about being 2-0 in a high school football season?

Friday, Sept. 5 FOOTBALL (All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted) Bledsoe County (1-1) at Signal Mountain (2-0)* Boyd-Buchanan (0-2) at Franklin Road Academy (1-1), 8

Hunter Maynor already held quality status among his teachers and fellow students at Soddy-Daisy.

Hunter Maynor turned in another five-touchdown performance, but the Soddy-Daisy quarterback didn't really relax until the Trojans' final possession Friday night at Red Bank.

There was joy in Englewood last week that touched decades.

Storyline: Webb lost last week to Maryville, 28-7, and Baylor rolled in its opener, 51-6 over Howard. If Baylor quarterback Nick Tiano is as sharp as he was last week -- 5-of-8 (with three drops) for 155 yards and four TDs -- the Red Raiders will be tough to handle.

Red Bank High School begins tonight its 75th anniversary celebration.

Joseph Gore doesn’t have that overwhelming size.

Skye Wilson paid for it — he cramped up in the second half — but Signal Mountain's sophomore running back and linebacker had himself a night on each side of the football.

JASPER, Tenn. — Following his team's first-half performance, first-year coach Ricky Ross thought his only concern might be a malfunctioning scoreboard.

Storyline: Class A state finalists a year ago, the Pirates are looking for their sixth season with 10 or more wins in the last seven years.

Fall is officially a month away, when the equinox tells us that cooler weather is coming.

Harrison Moon, the biggest player to be produced by Signal Mountain, is top-ranked among Chattanooga area senior college prospects. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound tackle will play both ways this year for the Eagles although the majority of his playing time will be on the offensive side of the ball.

In his quarterback debut, the substitute put on a show.

When Heath Eslinger interviewed for the head coaching job at Purdue, his top assistant in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling program began getting his resume in order.

Notre Dame athlete Kareem Orr, ranked No. 3 among area high school senior college football prospects, will leave the field this year only when the Irish are covering punts.

David Helton, like most of his college football peers, spent the summer getting ready for the 2014 season.

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