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Ward Gossett

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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.

If he hadn't seen it, McCallie School football coach Ralph Potter might never have believed it.

If Friday night was a dress rehearsal for the Baylor football team, then coach Phil Massey has a lot to look forward to this season.

The two-night Best of Preps high school football jamboree gets under way tonight at Finley Stadium.

Red Bank two-way standout Courtney Stamper is the No. 9-ranked college prospect among area high school seniors.

The TSSAA Board of Control voted unanimously Monday to approve a revamped football playoff system that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

East Ridge players have known since spring practice that they could, even should, be the preseason favorites to win the District 6-AA football championship.

Brainerd receiver and defensive back Kaylen Stewart is the No. 12-ranked college prospect among area high school seniors.

History dictates that South Pittsburg again will win the District 6-A football championship.

A handful of new coaches are stepping in at Boyd-Buchanan including Todd Ledbetter, Zach Roddenberry, Alfie Dodd, Sarah Bass and Wes Stone.

Former Soddy-Daisy wrestler Kevin Ward has been named as the new wrestling coach at Army.

Four teams that finished in the top 25 at last season's NCAA Division I tournament are on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2014-15 wrestling schedule.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling program just got stronger.

While other youngsters were on swing sets and playground slides, Brandon Turner was on a baseball field.

Help apparently is on the way for the Chattanooga Lookouts, a team batting a third-worst .248 in the Southern League.

While it's in the center of the infield, the pitcher's mound is often the center of attention. It also is at the center of an epidemic.

East Ridge coach Tracy Malone knew being selected preseason No. 1 in the District 6-AA football coaches' poll was a distinct possibility.

After two years, Junior Tucker is coming out of retirement and returning to Walker Valley High School.

Wes Caldwell has resigned his position as baseball coach at Lookout Valley and is moving to Ooltewah.

Will Cooper is on the cusp of a personal crossroad.

Team Tennessee improved to 12-1 in the annual Tennessee-Georgia baseball Classic, besting Georgia 4-0 Wednesday in the annual Stump on Sports contest.

Host coach Greg Payne of McCallie says tonight's Tennessee-Georgia all-star baseball is both a showcase and an opportunity.

Matt Pobieglo has been hired as athletic director at Notre Dame.

Although Major League Baseball's annual player draft ended last Saturday, there are unselected players who still have chances at professional careers.

Ringgold's Matt Crownover, who just finished his sophomore season at Clemson, was selected in Saturday's Major League Baseball annual player draft by the San Francisco Giants.

By Ward Gossett

Tad Whitaker has had a busy week, the future University of Tennessee at Chattanooga kicker from East Ridge practicing both football and soccer in preparation for Tennessee-Georgia all-star contests today and Saturday.

There wasn't time Wednesday afternoon for Zach Stephens to slip away to a batting cage or even a weight room.

In the first major step he's taken since accepting an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, McCallie wrestler Adam Connell will be sworn in this morning in Knoxville as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

While many of his peers hit the beaches this past spring, Rhett Morgan headed west rather than south or east, and his fun in the sun revolved around wrestling alligators.

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