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KNOXVILLE — LaMarcus Thompson is a nerd. A "cool nerd," but a nerd.

For those who cannot yet comprehend the notion, Cleveland has secured the District 5-AAA championship regardless of the outcome of the Blue Raiders' Thursday game at Soddy-Daisy.

KNOXVILLE — Luke Stocker could be in the NFL right now, but he’s not. He could be the University of Tennessee’s leading pass-catcher, but he’s not. He could be the most frustrated man on campus, but he’s not. Not anymore, anyway.

Copper Basin and Boyd-Buchanan don’t play until Oct. 29 but each already has secured a playoff spot, Copper Basin in Class 1A and Boyd-Buchanan in 2A. The winner of this game will secure the District 5-A championship and perhaps improve its postseason seeding.

According to most NFL draft experts, Georgia’s A.J. Green is the top pro prospect in the SEC and the top receiving prospect in the nation for the 2011 draft. Right now, though, Green, who spent the first four games in the NCAA doghouse, is not even the baddest wideout in the SEC East.

With just three weeks remaining in the Tennessee high school football regular season, there is very little playoff clarity yet, even with the format tweaks since last year.

KNOXVILLE — It’s no stretch to call Eric Gordon’s Saturday a bad day.

In today’s Southeastern Conference, losses are followed by message-board meltdowns.

Have you noticed those playoffs rankings the TSSAA is releasing every Tuesday?

Cleveland free and clear of allegations of wrongdoing that were leveled a couple of weeks ago.

KNOXVILLE — I keep intending to interview just one University of Tennessee football player for this weekly “Wednesday’s with Wes” web special, but this week provided another can’t-miss opportunity to interview two Volunteers.

* Boyd-Buchanan: Chase Reed rushed for 127 yards, the majority on a second-quarter 90-yard TD run, and kicked a 27-yard field goal in the Buccaneers’ 25-0 shutout of Notre Dame.

Cleveland football could be on a skewer before the week is out, leaving one to ask how big a mess will we have in District 5-AAA and has the Blue Raiders’ Oct. 28 game with Soddy-Daisy lost its luster?

KNOXVILLE — For the first installment of “Wednesdays with Wes,” I thought it would be nice to give our loyal TFP readers a two-for-one.

KNOXVILLE — First-year University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley had several interesting things to say Sunday night after analyzing film of Saturday’s 31-17 loss to Florida, and our newspaper only has so much space.

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