Prep Sports

There are nights, as he patrols downtown, that officer Lee Mayweather will stop along Chestnut Street and gaze up the hill where AT&T Field sits. Closing his eyes briefly, Mayweather can picture the black track that encircled the football field where Kirkman High School once played and remember the three years he spent playing on Hawk Hill.

I had hoped my chosen profession meant I was finished with math equations. But thanks to the TSSAA's new playoff format, I've found myself studying quadrants and ratios like a trigonometry student.

It is a nondistrict affair but Polk County's visit to South Pittsburg on Friday should mean a turnaway crowd.

In less than two seasons, Adarius Bowman is back doing what always came easily for him -- shredding opposing defenses and winning over fans of all ages.

For those football teams without a home field -- like prep newcomer East Hamilton -- there are some advantages to being homeless.

Regardless of which team wins tonight's mammoth small-school game between Class 2A's second-ranked Boyd-Buchanan and 1A's top-ranked South Pittsburg, the real winners are those of us who love high school football.

Have you ever seen a preppy cheer for the preppy from across the river?

Baylor 24, McCallie 10. That's what the record book will show from this Friday night.

To say the least, Alvin Tarver will be grateful to be done with September's sadistic schedule.

It started with an announcement that this game was "Countin' on the Mountain."

Not even halfway into the prep football schedule, we've already reached a night that will cast the die for quite a few area teams' seasons. Call it "Filter Friday," because while some are playing for postseason positioning, others will be sifted out of the playoff picture altogether.

Joe Steffy knows the routine by heart. Late in the second quarter of Saturday's Army-Ball State football game, the 1947 Outland Trophy winner will ease his 83-year-old body into a golf cart and be driven to the 50-yard-line of the U.S. Military Academy's Mishie Stadium.

Having already diagnosed the problem, David Barger went about remedying the woes of a once-proud Central High School football program with an unorthodox approach. While most high school teams end each practice by running sprints, Barger began each Purple Pounders preseason practice with sprints and conditioning.

Wayne Turner is as much a fixture at Tyner as the building itself. He's got coaching shorts as old as some of his players.

Tears have been a part of the Red Boiling Springs High School football program for more than six seasons. That’s just a matter of fact when you wind up on the losing end of 61 consecutive games.

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